Laramie, Wy – Authorities apprehended 16 illegal aliens from Mexico this week during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in southeastern Wyoming. The arrests were made Tuesday after a state trooper stopped a van for speeding about 15 miles east of Cheyenne. The U-S Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency says smuggling charges were being pursued against two people who took turns driving the van, which was headed to Florida. Twelve of the 14 passengers were being sent back to Mexico, while two remained behind as witnesses.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming is among a dozen states where the National Rifle Association is lobbying to make it easier for people to defend themselves with deadly force. The NRA is backing bills in a dozen states to specify people have no duty to retreat from an attacker before using deadly force. Twenty-five states already have such laws on their books.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming became the first state to endorse the nine-point-four billion purchase of PacifiCorp by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company. The purchase which was approved unanimously by the state Public Service Commission Thursday. It still needs the approval of regulators in five other states in which PacifiCorp operates.
Laramie, Wy – Wheatland attorney Ray Hunkins is taking another shot at running for governor. The Republican lost in the primary in 2002. Hunkins says he is entering the race because he wants to ensure there is debate on important public policy. He says he is not running because he has animosity towards Governor Dave Freudenthal, but would steer the state in a different direction in several distinct ways. He says he will clarify those when he begins his campaign after the legislative session. Hunkins says he will give voters a chance to judge him on his words and actions.
Jackson, Wy – Teton County Law Enforcement officials have noticed a growing trend and some are calling it vacation violence. During high peak tourist times the numbers of domestic violence and sexual assault cases increases dramatically. It is a trend that the Community Action Network of Jackson Hole has watched for some time. The Networks Education and Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Scherodis says it is surprising to some that such a beautiful area like Jackson Hole can be the source of violence.
Pinedale, Wy – There's a simmering controversy over plans to trap as many as 300 elk near Pinedale and slaughter the female elk that test positive for brucellosis. The Game and Fish Department plans to begin the pilot project within the next few weeks. The so-called test-and-slaughter program was one of the recommendations of a panel appointed by Governor Freudenthal to control brucellosis in elk and cattle. Several cattle in Wyoming tested positive for brucellosis in 2003 and 2004. That caused the state to lose its federal
Laramie, Wy – Of all the companies and governmental organizations in the country the Air Force uses the most renewable energy. The Environmental Protection Agency put out its Green Power list for 2006 and it says the Air Force uses one million mega watt hours of energy from sources like wind or solar. That is enough to power 100 thousand homes for a year.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal is in Iraq today (Tuesday) on a surprise trip to visit U-S troops. Joining Freudenthal on the trip are Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Freudenthal told Fox News that the United States faces challenges in building Iraq's infrastructure from the bottom up and gathering intelligence to dismantle the insurgency. But Freudenthal said that progress is being made. Wyoming has ten Air National Guard and ten Army National Guard
Wheatland, WY – The first and possibly only Republican running for Governor in 2006 has announced his candidacy. Ray Hunkins, an attorney and rancher from Wheatland, will run for the office for a second time. He finished second in the Republican primary in 2002. Hunkins threw his hat into the ring this time around through a press release, but was in court all day and unavailable for comment. However State Republican party Chairman Drake Hill says Hunkins announcement was met with a flood of calls and e-mails to the party's offices.