Laramie, Wy – The state vehicle fleet just got bigger. General Motors is loaning the state a car the uses new technology to run cleaner than typical gas-powered vehicles. It's called a flexible fuel vehicle, and it's powered by a combination of gasoline and ethanol, a fuel made from corn. Roger Clark is a G-M spokesman. He says the company is lending cars to 28 different states, in hopes of generating more interest in alternative fuel vehicles.
Laramie, Wy – U-W, Montana State University and the Campbell County Conservation District are putting on a conference for landowners dealing with Coal Bed Methane development. It is called The Art of Compromise. One of the organizers Tanya Daniels says the event is needed because both sides need to understand each other better and sometimes they violate their agreements. Daniels says developers violate the agreements more than ranchers. She says she hopes to educate landowners about the resources available when they are trying to reach a compromise with a developer.
Cheyenne, Wy – A 105 million dollar concept to bring top flight instructors to the University of Wyoming and the community colleges has passed the state Senate. The Higher Education Endowment will let U-W and Community Colleges use a one time investment to enhance teaching. Despite the price tag Senators gave the bill overwhelming support. But Co-sponsor Mike Massie says they were not taking a big chance. Senator Charles Scott thinks it would allow U-W turn the tables on other states, and steal their professors.
Cheyenne, Wy – The idea of putting a graduate business school and executive training center in Jackson is moving ahead. The state House approved a bill to study the feasibility of a U-W affiliated school in Teton County.
Cheyenne – Because of last summer's special legislative session on rising medical malpractice insurance rates for doctors, and last November's votes on the subject, most observers assumed that finding new ways to address the issue would occur during this session. Dozens of ideas in the form of bills were floated, but only two remain. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports it's hard to say what happened.
Cheyenne – Last November, voters approved changing the constitution to allow a medical review panel to be implemented. The idea is to use the panel to weed out so called frivolous lawsuits in medical malpractice cases. But putting that idea into law has been a challenge as Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports
Cheyenne, Wy – A trust fund for enhancing wildlife in the state has more money in it following final action in the state Senate. The Senate increased funding in the Wildlife and Natural Resource Fund from 15 up to 30 million dollars. Opponents objected to taking money from what could be invested in the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund. Senator Charles Scott says putting that money in the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund would yield about 750-thousand dollars a year. He says the question is where the extra 15 million would be best spent.
Cheyenne, WY – Once again Wyoming will not be part of the Power Ball lottery. During final debate in the House on a bill authorizing a state lottery, many got up and pointed out problems that a lottery could bring. Laramie County Representative Pete Anderson says social impacts and negative financial costs would hurt the state. Despite the fact that 40 states have it, he doubts it helps them financially. Bill Sponsor Dave Edwards of Douglas argued in vain that other states would not have it if it was a negative. The bill died on a tie vote.
Rawlins, WY – The Game and Fish Department has not seen a repeat of the massive elk die-off that happened a year ago southwest of Rawlins. It was a year ago Tuesday that the first sick elk was discovered. It's believed that about 500 elk died last winter after eating a lichen that contained some sort of toxic compound. Researchers are still trying to figure out exactly what it was in the lichen that caused the problems. Meanwhile, Game and Fish is keeping a close eye on the elk herd and the Red Rim area, specifically.