Laramie, WY – Governor Freudenthal says it is understandable that power companies are reluctant to build major coal based power plants. That is because eventually a energy and carbon policy will be developed by congress and companies want to know what the ground rules are before they begin a major venture. Freudenthal has urged congress to try and approve rules.
Laramie, WY – The office of surface mining is preparing to appropriate $1.2 billion to states and tribes across the country in abandoned mine land money.
Despite heated criticism from mineral states like Wyoming and Montana, the agency wants to pay that money in the form of grants. Officials say the grant process is simplified, the timeline for review shortened, and the paperwork streamlined.
Laramie, WY – The message is to leave no toy untested.
After more then 20 million toys have been recalled this year for a variety of safety reasons, consumer groups are urging parents to check the safety of toys they give children during this holiday season.
Cheyenne Attorney Terry Mackey represented the family of a child who was seriously injured by a toy. He says it is very difficult for parents to stay on top of recalls.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a district court's ruling that a Pinedale man had to give up his seat on the town council because he was not registered to vote when he put his name on the ballot last year.
Dave Smith was elected to the Pinedale Town Council in the May 2006 municipal election.
Competing candidate Robert Brito challenged Smith's election in district court. Brito protested that Smith was not a registered voter at the time he filed his petition for candidacy.
Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal's advisor on energy says plans for coal-based power plants are being abandoned across the county because companies don't know how emissions will be regulated in the future.
Rocky Mountain Power has announced it's pulling plans for two coal-based power plants in Wyoming, including one that would use coal gasification. Advisor Rob Hurless says meeting the governor's goal of promoting clean-coal technology will be challenging, and some help is needed from the federal government along the way.
Laramie, WY – A state agriculture leader says he is looking forward to the resolution in the US Senate of a new Farm Bill.
Lawmakers have sparred in Washington over the number of amendments that are allowed in the bill. Ken Hamilton of the Wyoming Farm Bureau says getting a bill passed into law before the winter recess is important.
Hamilton says the 2007 Farm Bill will have a bigger impact on Midwestern states because Wyoming because depends more on cattle than traditional crops to sustain its agriculture industry.
Billings, MT – Even by Yellowstone National Park standards, Giant Geyser is a show-stopper. But Giant is fickle. It goes months, even longer than a year, without erupting before suddenly coming back to life.
The erratic geyser is in the Upper Geyser Basin along the Firehole River.
Over the past two years, it's been erupting with a frequency not seen since the 1950s.
In recent months, Giant has been erupting roughly every five to eight days. Surprised passers-by have been treated to eruptions 200 feet or higher.