Washington D-C – Republican Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi both voted against a war spending bill that majority Democrats pushed through Congress with a troop withdrawal deadline. The 51-46 vote today (Thursday) in the U-S Senate was largely along party lines, with all but two Republicans voting against it. The House approved the measure yesterday (Wednesday). Enzi says the action is an attempt to micro manage the war by using arbitrary time lines. He also says the bill is laden with pet
Gillette, Wy – Coal-bed methane industry representatives are asking federal regulators to loosen wildlife restrictions in Wyoming's Powder River Basin. During breeding periods for sage grouse, eagles and other wildlife, the federal Bureau of Land Management imposes monthslong shut-downs of coal-bed methane work to prevent disturbance of the birds' nests and mating grounds. Researchers from the University of Montana say sage grouse populations in the Powder River Basin have suffered a sharp decline
Jackson, Wy – A man pleaded guilty in Jackson yesterday (Wednesday) to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, the fourth guilty plea in the case in which prosecutors allege the girl was forced into prostitution. Juan Luna pleaded guilty to one charge of third-degree sexual assault. Four other charges were dismissed. The 37-year-old Luna acknowledged having sex with the girl in March 2004, when he was 34 and she was 13. He could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison and fined ten-thousand-dollars.
Gillette, WY – Electricity customers in Gillette will be paying higher rates because increasing power costs. The Gillette City Council directed the city Utilities Director to draft an ordinance to raise the city's electricity rates by four percent. The rate increase would make up for increased prices charged by energy suppliers. It is estimated that the increase to a typical user will be about two dollars a month.
Cody, Wy – Tourism leaders have joined the long list of those opposing increased natural gas development in the Bridger Teton National Forest. The Wyoming tourism board registered its opposition to proposals to drill new natural gas wells in the bridger teton national forest. Board chief Gene Bryan urged the forest supervisor to prohibit drilling in the Wyoming Range in order to preserve the tourist destinations his organization markets. Bryan says the board does not oppose energy development and benefits from the revenues it brings in. But the level of development concerns him.
Cheyenne, Wy – Don't be tentative in examining Wyoming's community colleges and the way that system is operated and funded. That's what Governor Freudenthal told the Governor's Commission on Community Colleges today (Wednesday). The commission was holding its first meeting in Cheyenne. Freudenthal says Wyoming now has enough predictable revenue from the energy industry to take the state's community colleges to a -- quote -- "higher level." Freudenthal appointed the 14-member commission last month to