Laramie, WY – Kemmer and Diamondville area residents should boil all water for cooking, drinking and brushing teeth. Lincoln county homeland security coordinator Georgia Walton says the problem is run-off seeping into the city water supply causing minor contamination. Walton says the weather warmed so quickly that it caused early melting and sent so much run-off so quickly into the kemmer city reservoir that it overwhelmed the treatment plant. Walton says Kemmer may not be the only area to face the problem this spring.
Cheyenne, Wy – A new report says there are more than 14-thousand Wyoming children who do NOT have health insurance. And about four out of five of them live with someone who works full-time. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the study. It says, in the last ten years, there's been a 9-percent drop in the number of low-income families whose employers offer health insurance. The foundation's Elaine Arkin says that's because the rising cost of health insurance is hitting employers hard.
Gillette, Wy – The Sierra Club is opposing the construction of a planned coal-fired power plant near Gillette. Basin Electric Power is attempting to get a state air quality permit, but the Sierra Club says it opposes any new coal plants especially those that use pulverized coal. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has recommended the permit be issued. The department says the proposed plant would be one of the cleaner ones in the nation. The public has until March 28th to comment on the permit application.
Casper, Wy – Wyoming's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January dropped to its lowest rate in nearly 30 years. State economists say the January rate was 2-point-6 percent. That's the lowest rate since 1979. The national rate for that month was 4-point-6 percent. Wyoming added 96-hundred jobs since January 2006. That's a 3-point-7 percent increase from the previous year. The national rate of job growth for the same period was 1-point-6 percent. Natural resources and mining accounted for 26-hundred of the new
Washington D-C – Wyoming's take of homeland security funding will be less then it currently gets, but the states two Senators are equally concerned that few protections will be offered in the overall bill. Senators approved a new homeland security measure that is supposed to beef up security on planes and elsewhere. But both Wyoming Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi say it falls well short of what is needed and both voted against the bill that passed the Senate. But the Wyoming Senators are also upset that Wyoming will get almost 30 percent less in homeland security dollars.