Laramie, WY – Nationally, heating costs are suooised to be down this winter and there is a good chance that will be the case in Wyoming, too. A mild summer and forecasts of a mild winter could reduce natural gas costs. Wyoming's Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman says he is optimistic. Freeman says he expects companies to start asking or price reductions. One company is Cheyenne has asked for an increase in rates, but Freeman says that is because they had been undercharging earlier this year.
Cody, Wy – Republican candidate for Governor Ray Hunkins does not favor a powerball lottery for the state, but Governor Dave Freudenthal says he would sign such a bill if the legislature passed it. Some are hoping Wyoming becomes part of a multi-state lottery. Hunkins does not favor additional gaming in the state and adds that Wyoming does not need the money such a lottery could bring into the state. Freudenthal has opposed such a lottery in the past but recently changed his mind about the issue.
Laramie, Wy – Filling stations across the nation face a deadline this Sunday: to offer the new cleaner burning low sulfur diesel at the pump. Federal legislation required refineries to create the blend and the transition to the new fuel began over the summer. Proponents say the lower sulfur diesel if burned in a compliant 2007-model engine will cut emissions drastically. In older models the fuel should cut emissions significantly as well. Diesel technology forum spokesman Bill Buff says the transition is the most significant since the removal of lead.
Cody, WY – Wyoming's travel, hospitality, merchants, and liquor dealers associations join Wyoming Public Radio in broadcasting a debate between the two candidates for Governor. It is the first debate of the campaign season between Ray Hunkins and Dave Freudenthal.
Cody, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal and his challenger, Republican Ray Hunkins continue to disagree over protecting the Wyoming Range from drilling. During a debate in Cody, Hunkins argued that simply saying oil and gas drilling is not allowed in the area, unfairly ties the hands of producers. But Freudenthal thinks there are areas of the state that should be protected. Freudenthal says it is something the state markets everyday.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming sued the federal government Tuesday over its rejection of the state's proposed wolf management plan. The federal government in July rejected Wyoming's petition to remove wolves in the state from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. State officials argue that the federal government rejected the state's proposed wolf management plan because of political
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming has hired a former member of the athletic department and a U-W grad to be its next Athletic Director. Laramie Native Tom Burman succeeds Gary Barta who left to take the Athletic Director Job in Iowa. Burman says his goal is to be the top athletic department in the Mountain West Conference. Burman says they need to complete building new facilities for the department and to make sure coaches can overcome obstacles. Burman, who received a standing ovation, will take over his new duties on Thursday.