Jackson – In a surprise announcement, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort said it has found investors to come up with the $25 million to build a new tram by 2008. The old tram was set to close this fall for safety reasons. Bob Beck interviews resort president Jerry Blann.
Wyoming – Coal producer Rio Tinto announced this it would help its employees find housing in the tight Campbell county market. It's a sign of a rapidly changing housing market in the Powder River Basin.
Laramie, Wy – The Pinedale area has seen elevated levels of the pollutant ozone during the past two winters. The levels only occurred for a few days, but most consider them a warning of what could happen if nothing is done to limit emissions from drilling rigs. The Department of Environmental Quality is planning to put some regulations in place in about six months on rigs. The team leader for the company Encana says they're already working to cut emissions and meet the country's energy needs already. Johnson says if the rules are too strict it might restrict the company.
Cheyenne – Jurors heard closing arguments in a federal court in Cheyenne on Thursday involving two women who claim a Sheridan school district refused to hire them because they are gay. Kristin Espeland interviews reporter Josh Mitchell.
Laramie, Wy – The city of Gillette and Campbell county say they will team up to solve a growing infrastructure problem; one that's hindering development in an area desperate for housing. The local governments announced the creation of a joint fund to pay for services such as sewer and water lines. City administrator Bret Jones says the idea is to create the conditions for higher density development around the city limits. He also says it will save officials money in the long run and head off the need for expensive retrofits.
Laramie, Wy – A federal judge has refused the state's request to end his supervision of the Wyoming State Penitentiary. U-S District Judge Clarence Brimmer entered an order this week saying he would retain supervision of the penitentiary. The judge said staff failures to document conflicts among inmates amount to ongoing violations of inmates' rights to reasonable protection. Brimmer has overseen a plan to improve conditions at the prison since 2003.
Laramie, Wy – The Natrona County International Airport in Casper has stepped up security. The increased security measures come in response to the announcement by British authorities Thursday that they had thwarted a planned terrorist plot to blow up airliners headed for the United States. Chance Warne is interim manager at the Natrona County airport. He said he called many airport staff workers to work early Thursday to step up security procedures.
Casper, Wy – Republican gubernatorial candidate Ray Hunkins says that if elected he would favor sharing the state's mineral wealth by cutting property taxes. Hunkins told reporters in Casper today (Thursday) that he supports cutting the assessment rate which is already among the lowest in the nation. He says this would amount of an annual savings of 111 dollars for the owner of a house valued at 125-thousand dollars, the median value in the state. Hunkins said the entire plan would save taxpayers 43 (M) million