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.
Laramie, Wy – A legislative committee has endorsed a bill to crack down on unaccredited colleges in Wyoming. The Joint Education Interim Committee voted today (Tuesday) to accept a bill that would require colleges in the state either to be accredited or to be a candidate for accreditation in order to operate in the state. Supporters of the legislation say it's necessary to protect Wyoming's academic reputation. They say unaccredited colleges are preying largely on foreign students who are desperate for a degree
Lander, Wy – A Casper Priest has been picked to be the President of Wyoming's New Catholic College. Father Robert Cook has been actively involved in forming the College over the past two years. Cook says while he looks forward to the challenge he says they still have to finish a curriculum and fundraise. Cook says they will need about 20 million dollars to build a new campus. They plan to open temporary facilities in the fall of 2007.
Jackson, Wy – A Jackson organization will be hosting a community discussion on what it is like to be gay in Wyoming. The group known as P-flag which stands for parents, families and friends of Lesbians and Gays along with St. John's Episcopal church .will host the forum Friday night at seven. One of the organizers Mark Houser says the event ties in with the Jackson Hole Film Institutes showing of the movie Brokeback Mountain. Houser says they want to put a face on the Gay and Transgendered issue. Houser says all the panelists will have Jackson or Wyoming roots.