Laramie, Wy – The FutureGen clean-coal facility will NOT be coming to Wyoming. Two communities in Illinois and two in Texas are finalists. Senator Mike Enzi notes that it was tough to overcome the clout of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of Illinois and President Bush. Governor Dave Freudenthal also expressed disappointment, but notes that a high altitude facility might be a future option for the state. Senator Craig Thomas says it is critical for such a facility to be built in the west. The project could bring an estimated one-thousand construction jobs and 150
Cheyenne, Wy – Officials with Wyoming State Parks are concerned about the condition of roads within the state park system. They are asking legislators to address a 30 year backlog of road maintainance needs. A committee is considering 15 million dollars in next years legislative session.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Bible camp in northern Albany county has closed during an investigation into the cause of stomach ailments that have affected more than 30 people who have visited there since last month. According to the Wyoming Health Department, the directors of Camp Grace near Wheatland voluntarily shut down the camp on July 19th. Health Department spokeswoman Kim Deti said today (Tuesday) the department has ordered the camp to remain closed while the situation is being investigated.
Thermopolis, Wyomng – A district court judge has ruled in favor of the Thermopolis Independent Record in a case over access to information. The local newspaper's editor Pat Schmidt says his reporters once had access to jail rosters that explained why someone was being held. But Schmidt says the county attorney advised jail officials to remove that information. Judge Hunter Patrick ruled against the county saying the paper does indeed have a right to know why a person has been incarcerated. Hot Springs county attorney Dan Caldwell declined to comment.
Cheyenne, Wy – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service denied Wyoming's Petition to have the Rocky Mountain Grey Wolf removed from the endangered species list. It means the state could be headed to court over whether wolves in the Yellowstone region should be delisted.
Sheridan ,Wy – Despite the verbal sparring between Wyoming and Montana over the release of water from coal-bed methane wells into rivers and streams, Wyoming officials say Montana regulators have NOT objected to any water discharge permits. John Wagner works in Wyoming's Water Quality Division. He says Montana regulators review every draft water quality permit Wyoming issues. So far, Wagner says, there have been NO complaints. Richard Opper of Montana's Department of Environmental Quality
Cheyenne, Wy – Republican Ray Hunkins says Wyoming should work with private industry to build four regional methamphetamine treatment centers. Hunkins announced his plan in Cheyenne today (Monday)as part of his gubernatorial campaign. He says he's heard horror stories about the length of time people have to wait in order to get drug treatment in Wyoming. Hunkins says he doesn't want the state to actually build and run the facilities. Instead, he says, private industry can run them better.