Gillette, WY – Despite last week's heavy rains that caused flooding of creeks, streams and basements in parts of Wyoming, the drought still persists. State climatologist Steve Gray says while the short-term situation has turned around the long-term effects of the drought remain. He noted below-average snow pack, aquifers and reservoirs have not disappeared. Gray says it'll take steady rain and snow through next spring for the long-term effects of the eight-year drought to begin to work themselves out.
Cheyenne, Wy – Representatives from energy giant ConocoPhillips are coming to Cheyenne this week. With gas prices on the rise, Bill Tanner says the energy industry has some explaining to do. The ConocoPhillips spokesman says the company's 35-city tour of the US is designed to help repair some of the ill-will consumers feel for oil and gas companies. The town hall meeting this Wednesday at the Plains Hotel in Cheyenne is the 16th stop on the company's tour.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming has lost three service members in Iraq. Two Army soldiers from Wyoming and an airman stationed at F-E Warren Air Force Base at Cheyenne died in Iraq over the weekend. Twenty-year-old Private Scott A- Miller, was from Casper, and 32-year-old Staff Sergeant Brian M- Long, was from Burns. Both were part of Stryker units out of Fort Lewis, Washington. The Defense Department says Miller died Saturday in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds from enemy small arms fire. Long died in Baghdad
Casper, Wy – The Wyoming Republican Party is taking applications from people interested in being nominated to succeed Senator Craig Thomas. The senator died last week. Party Chairman Fred Parady held a press conference in Casper and says applications will be accepted until Thursday at 5pm. The party will hold a candidates forum on Sunday. The state Republican Central Committee will meet next Tuesday to select three nominees. Governor Dave Freudenthal will choose from the three nominees a person to fill the senate seat.