Cheyenne, Wy – Both of Wyoming's senators voted against expanding federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The Senate legislation passed 63 to 37 today (Tuesday). That was four votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override President Bush's promised veto. Republican Senators Mike Enzi and Craig Thomas voted in favor of two alternative bills. One of those bills would encourage research using stem cells from sources other than embryos. The other bill would ban so-called "fetal farming," the possibility of growing
Hulett, Wy – A rangeland fire in eastern Sheridan County has burned north into Montana. Sheridan County Commissioner Terry Cram says firefighters are close to having a line around the fire, which has consumed about 25-thousand acres. Cram says yesterday (Monday) a truck driver suffered burns when he was forced to run through the advancing fire. Meantime, firefighters have succeeded in containing wildfire south of Devils Tower National Monument in northeast Wyoming.
Buffalo, Wy – The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council will consider some new regulations to try and get a better handle on Coalbed Methane discharge water. Currently most water pumped out of coal seams by C-B-M wells is discharged onto the surface. E-Q-C Chairman Mark Gordon thinks the new testing done by the Department of Environmental Quality has helped. But when it comes to the big picture of water discharge they need rules to make more sense. Gordon says many people are trying to read-into why the Council will take a close look at its regulations.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Education has a new Deputy Superintendent. Joe Simpson takes over for Annette Bohling who is leaving to take a new job with a national organization. Simpson used to be the state deputy Superintendent, but left Wyoming to work in Washington D-C with an education council.
Cheyenne, WY – Firefighters made progress Sunday in their effort to contain a complex of fires southwest of Devils Tower. Despite high temperatures and low humidity, firefighters were able to put containment lines around 75 percent of the fires, which have burned just under 15-thousand acres -- or about 23 square miles -- in northeastern Wyoming. Nearly 500 people are involved in battling the fire in northeast Wyoming's grass-and-pine country. The fires are located about five miles southwest of Devils Tower.
Hulett, Wy – Firefighters say they are making progress in trying to contain a series of fires near Devils Tower National monument. Spokeswoman Brenda Bowen says they are officially saying that they have the largest fire in the area at 75 percent containment but she says if they can survive a cold front they will be close to 100 percent containment. Bowen says despite their optimism they are ready in case anything changes. Bowen adds that they continue to keep a close watch on several homes and structures that are still threatened by fire.
Laramie, Wy – While the Hathaway Scholarship does provide opportunities for Wyoming high school students who begin college in the fall of 2006, some feel that other students enrolled in Wyoming colleges are being shortchanged of the state's generous gift. However, the University of Wyoming Interim Director of Admissions, Noah Buckley, says its implementation will actually benefit all students. The university awards scholarships to those who do well in the classroom, but since the state is now giving those same students money, the school has more to give to others.
Laramie, Wy – Laramie Police are quite sure that the murder that took place this weekend involved a suicide. Commander Dale Stalder says they are now awaiting the results of an autopsy. He says it could confirm their assessment. Beyond that Stalder is not saying much about the crime that left three college students dead. He says that's not because they don't know anything, but rather don't want to make a mistake and release some information now that they shouldn't. Stalder says everyone involved knew each other and they were hanging out together when this started.