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.
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.