Casper, WY – The US Department of Defense is awarding a nearly $100,000 grant to allow a Casper company to research a quick-strike weapons system. Wickman Spacecraft and Propulsion is working on what is called a Small Launch Vehicle. Owner John Wickman says this hypersonic bomber could be launched from the US, and deploy smart weapons anywhere in the world on extremely short notice, as little as 20 to 30 minutes. Wickman this is similar to the current stealth fighters and bombers, but unmanned and much faster. He says it would be perfect for time-sensitive targets.
Powell, WY – The president of Northwest College in Powell worries that his school would be shortchanged by a change in how much state money goes to Wyoming community college. The formula administered by the Wyoming Community College Commission figures funding for each college based on a number of factors, including square footage of campus buildings. But some members of the commission want to remove auxiliary campus buildings, like residence halls, from the square footage calculations. Northwest President Miles LaRowe is opposing the possible change.
Laramie, Wy – Planned Parenthood in Casper is now offering a 30 minute H-I-V test. It is done by swabbing the inside of the cheek or taking a drop of blood from a finger. Planned Parenthood's Rebecca Pollack says the test costs 63 dollars and is available to anyone in Wyoming that is willing to come to the Casper office. She says the development of a rapid test is an important step because with the traditional test it takes two weeks to get results and sometimes people would not come back to find out if they have H-I-V or not.
Patrick Draw, WY – The next phase of a project that has revived a dormant oil field is coming into question. Anadarko Petroleum has already taken production in southwestern Wyoming's Monell Field from zero to two-thousand barrels a day. The company now wants to drill 126 new wells in and continue injecting carbon dioxide into the ground to bring once unreachable oil to the surface. A conservation group says the same production could be achieved through directional drilling from existing wells. But Anadarko's Rick Robitaille says directional drilling wouldn't work in this case.
Rock Springs, Wyoming – Western Wyoming Community College has entered into an agreement to try and help address workforce needs in the Oil and Gas Industry. The College is launching two new credit programs to try and get more people into the technology side of Oil and Gas Development. The hands-on program is viewed as critical for the industry to fill many voids in the workforce.
Laramie, Wy – An oil and gas industry group is opposing the proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to charge fees for each producer's plan to drill for oil and gas. Marc Smith of the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States says he fees are unfair and could keep smaller operators from drilling. He says the smaller producers would likely not be able to drill on federal lands if they had to pay a fee for each application. The B-L-M says the fee increases are needed to help pay for the
Casper, Wy – The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a six-thousand dollar fine against a Wyoming firm accused of violating training rules for the possession and use of radioactive materials. The agency says High Mountain Inspection Service, of Mills, used an employee not fully trained as a radiographer's assistant to perform tests at a refinery in Cheyenne in November 2004. Radiography involves taking images similar to X-rays of pumps, values, pipes and other heavy metal items to make sure they are
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Susie Ponce, Director of the Center for Vital Community at Sheridan College about making Sheridan a healthier community.
Topic: Wildfires southeast of Sundance in Crook County; Guest: Nick Fletcher, Fire Information Officer.
Topic: Western Wyoming Community College has entered into an agreement to try and help address workforce needs in the Oil and Gas Industry; Guest: The Head of B-P's Wamsutter operation, Jerry Austin and Glen Dalton, Assistant Professor of Industrial Maintenance.
South Pass City, WY – Conservation groups and historians are concerned about plans for gold exploration on South Pass. The Alliance for Historic Wyoming is worried about the possible effects that mining could have on sage grouse and historic emigrant trails. The Oregon, California, Pony Express and Mormon Pioneer trails converge in the area proposed for gold exploration by a Canadian company. Steve Cameron is president of Fremont Gold Corporation. He says until more is known about the underground deposits, his company cannot offer a mine plan.