Laramie, Wy – Next week the Split Estate law will have its first hearing before the Oil and Gas commission. The law sets up a number of rules that need to be met before a mineral developer can begin work on a surface landowners property. Although this case will have a hearing, Governor Dave Freudenthal calls the new law a success. He says disputes will always occur. But Freudenthal says there are much fewer complaints about dealings with mineral companies than he heard before the law was enacted.
Washington D-C – A country drive might be relaxing, but it can also be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 42 percent more fatal crashes occur in rural parts of the country than on busy stretches of highways through cities and suburbs. A study the administration released today (Thursday) says rural crashes are more likely to involve multiple fatalities, rollovers and motorists being thrown from their vehicles. Making matters worse, it takes longer for emergency medical services to arrive at the scene.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming gets a failing grade for its standards of teaching science in elementary and secondary schools. A review released yesterday (Wednesday) by the Fordham Institute gives Wyoming an 'F' and ranks the state number 44 out of all 50 states and Washington D-C. Of the surrounding states, Colorado received a 'B,' Utah got a 'C,' South Dakota a 'D,' and Idaho, Montana and Nebraska all also got 'Fs.' Annette Bohling, deputy superintendent at the Wyoming Department
Wheatland, Wy – Two British soldiers have been acquitted of charges of raping a Guernsey woman last July while they were on a training mission in Wyoming. One was convicted of misdemeanor battery. The jury of seven men and six women in Platte County District Court in Wheatland returned the verdict this afternoon (Wednesday) after deliberating for less than two hours. The trial began on Monday. Scott Aitken and Andrew Leighton were charged with first-degree sexual assault. They faced five and 50 years in prison if they had
Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal says if the state can properly manage energy development, it could be a positive process in the end. The Governor says the magnitude of the amount of development that is coming in the short term will be very serious. Freudenthal says if the state can keep pace with the development with the proper regulatory action and oversight then the state can be better off in 20 years then it is today.
Buffalo, Wy – Because of concerns over discharge water from Coalbed Methane Development a conservation group wants something done. Chairman of the Powder River Basin Resource Council Bob Loresh says they are submitting a petition to the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council asking that rules that regulate discharge water be changed. He says they want companies to be forced to use coalbed methane water in a beneficial way. Loresh says there are a number of things energy companies can do, but he says they resist because it costs money.
Laramie – School preservation is the focus of the five University of Wyoming Graduate students who fear that the new building that is occuring in the state will make some older, possibly historic buildings head for the wrecking ball. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that with the director of the school facilities commission in attendance, the students made their pitch to save more schools.
Guernsey, Wy – A British soldier testified today (Tuesday) that a Guernsey woman consented to sex with him and another soldier. Andrew P. Leighton, of Leeds, England, and Scott Aitken, of Edinburgh, Scotland, were on a training mission at Camp Guernsey when the incident occurred on July 27th. Leighton took the stand this afternoon (Tuesday), saying the woman initiated sexual contact with Aitken. Leighton says he joined in only after determining that the woman did NOT object.
Cheyenne, Wy – School districts across the state have now gone through an audit from the Department of Audit. The report from the Department of Audit shows 99-point-nine percent of funding is accurately tracked and reported. Audit supervisor Richard Cummings says districts are not spending the rest incorrectly they just do not proper documentation of where it went. A school official from Lander objects to the report by the Department of Audit saying it paints the districts as incompetent. He says that is not true and the districts keep track of money very well.