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.
Washington D-C – Senators from Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota met today (Monday) with the commander of the U-S Strategic Command in an effort to save the five-hundred nuclear missiles that are housed in those three states. Since the end of the Cold War, the U-S military has been reducing its stockpile of nuclear missiles. Of the remaining missiles, 150 are overseen by F-E Warren Air Force Base outside Cheyenne. Additional missiles are housed at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.
Gillette, Wy – After years of trying to get more rail traffic a couple of projects could help get more Powder River Basin coal into the marketplace. The addition of an additional third rail on one rail line and another 19 miles of track is expected to have a positive impact on the Coal market in Campbell County. Arch Coal Spokesman Greg Schaeffer says rail expansion projects can be hard to come by and he thinks these projects will make a difference. Getting enough of the product to market has been a source of frustration to some in the industry.
Laramie, Wy – A Democratic candidate for Wyoming's seat in Congress is out campaigning already. Gary Trauner is 47 years old and from Jackson. He is running because he's worried about the direction the country is headed. One issue he believes strongly in is health care. He says it is immoral that the wealthiest country in the world does not provide health care coverage for all its citizens. Trauner says part of the problem is that current policy puts the burden on employers who pay for most of health care in America.
Laramie – A Laramie resident was part of the team that released Trout Grass, a documentary about fly fishing rods. Specifically those made of bamboo. The movie was filmed in China and Montana and is narrated by author David James Duncan.
Portland, OR – Indictments were handed down today against 11 people for a series of alleged eco-terror attacks in Wyoming and four other Western states. The 65-count indictment says the suspects are responsible for 17 incidents in California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming going back to 1996. One of those indicted, Chelsea Dawn Gerlach, is suspected of attempted arson in 1998 at the BLM wild horse corrals in Rock Springs.
Casper, WY – Governor Freudenthal is opposed to a bill that would allow lawmakers and other public employees to delete e-mails that they feel do NOT contribute to the public debate. Wyoming's current open records law classifies e-mail the same way as letters, faxes and other written communications. That means public officials must keep their e-mail. A proposed piece of legislation would allow officials to delete e-mail they feel aren't essential. Freudenthal spoke on the topic today at a meeting of the Wyoming Press Association in Casper.