Laramie, Wy – Former U-S Senator George Mitchell says treating all terrorists the same, is a huge mistake. During a speech at the University of Wyoming, Mitchell says treating all terrorists the same, is a huge mistake. He also says countries need to work closer together in order to properly combat terrorism. On the War in Iraq, Mitchell says the situation has become such a mess that any solutions brings with it a number of risks. He thinks more attention should have been given to the Iraq study group. Mitchell is not a fan of a target pullout date.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal has rejected rule changes by the environmental quality council that was intended to regulate impacts of water that comes from Coalbed Methane development. Freudenthal says his main concern was that the council was trying to regulate water quantity and not quality. But Rick Moore the Chairman of the E-Q-C disagrees several landowners suggested that water from C-B-M operations was harming their land and they tried to address that. So he thought they were addressing both quality and quanity. But he understands that it was difficult to do in rule.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's economy continues to be overly dependent on the mining industry. The Wyoming Department of Administration and Information reported recently that Wyoming's 2006 Industrial Diversification Index was a mere 34-point-nine percent out of a possible 100 percent. Neighboring states of Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, Idaho and the Dakotas all had indices of over 95 percent. State Economic Analysis Division administrator Buck McVeigh says employment growth in the mining sector has boosted personal income
Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal is like most other governors around the country. He does not support the plan to create a federal I-D card. Freudenthal says the concern is largely about the cost to implement a nationwide system. He says if they become a reality people will see the cost of getting a driver's license go up significantly. Montana passed a bill last week saying it will not implement the National I-Ds there. Wyoming lawmakers considered a similar bill this year, but it died in the state Senate.
Laramie, Wy – A proposal to link Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico by light rail is picking up steam. The proposed Rocky Mountain High Speed Rail Corridor has been discussed off and on for years. But lately the idea has been moving along after getting some help from government funding. Tentatively the route would extend from Casper to Belen, New Mexico, passing through the cities of Cheyenne, Fort Collins and Denver.
Laramie, Wy – Construction is booming on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie. More than a dozen projects are under way or are planned, thanks largely to state budget surpluses that are a result of Wyoming's energy boom. This year alone, U-W officials expect to spend 100 million dollars renovating or building 500-thousand square feet of space.
Laramie, Wy – Another school in Wyoming was locked down yesterday. Police in Rock Springs made this decision after receiving a threat. Officials with the Sweetwater County School District Number One said the lock-down lasted about 45 minutes. School operations returned to normal once police determined there was no credible threat. The police department didn't release details about the nature of the threat because an investigation is ongoing.
Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming has a new police chief. The job now belongs to Troy Lane, who is currently assistant director of the Kansas State University Police Department. He replaces Tim Banks, who retired as chief in July 2006. The 19-year law enforcement veteran says he hopes to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to enhance an already great university atmosphere at UW.