Laramie, Wy – Governor Freudenthal has named Cheyenne attorney Peter Arnold district court judge to replace James Burke, who recently joined the Supreme Court. Arnold is a founding partner with Riske and Arnold, a position he has held since 1991. His specialties include domestic relations, real estate, small business and estate planning. Arnold graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1970 and UW College of Law in 1973. After getting his law degree he was a captain in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for five years.
Laramie, Wy – A plaque honoring former U.S. senator and governor Clifford Hansen was unveiled Friday at the State Capitol. About 180 relatives, friends, state officials and lawmakers attended the ceremony. The 92-year-old Hansen was self deprecating and thankful in his remarks. Governor Freudenthal, state Senate President Grant Larson, U.S. Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi, Representative Barbara Cubin and state Treasurer Cynthia Lummis gave brief remarks recounting stories about Hansen.
Laramie, Wy – "Kids make mistakes" is what Attorney General Pat Crank says about his son's guilty plea for possession of marijuana. Crank says 16-year-old Zachary Crank has owned up to his mistakes and he's supportive of him. The younger Crank was ordered to perform community service after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana. He was also ordered to pay court costs and submit to random drug testing. If he completes those tasks and stays out of trouble for the next year, his record will be expunged.
Cheyenne, Wy – A bill hoping to clarify a number of end of life health care decisions got initial approval in the state Senate. State Senator Charles Scott says there have been many complaints about state laws regarding such things as living wills. He's hoping the bill that deals with uniform health care decisions will solve those problems. Scott thinks that to date, a good part of the population has been unable to use the current laws because of the cost of attorneys fees to address a variety of matters. The bill moves to second reading.
Cheyenne, Wy – Senators have given final approval to a bill that provides financial help to areas looking enhance their airline service. Senator Bill Hawks of Casper says they had tremendous success with improved air service. Hawks also says it impacted Casper ticket prices, bringing the cost down about $100. Hawks notes that the program will now be under the state aeronautics division, which should bring an element of expertise.
Cheyenne – Despite the fact the bill has sailed along, some state Senators are becoming leery about some aspects of the measure that would try and give more local control to school districts when it comes to graduation standards. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that Senators believe the bill could have some unintended consequences.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate decided Friday to kill a bill that was intending to return local control of graduation standards to school districts. Senator Hank Coe said despite good intentions, the bill potentially would have caused more problems for the state with the courts, and he urged Senators to vote against the measure. It could have returned to school districts more control over graduation requirements and removed the three tier system that would have been applied to a student's transcript.
Laramie, Wy – Rising uranium prices are prompting two companies to team up to reopen a uranium mine in southern Fremont County. Production of uranium oxide, or yellowcake, could begin around the middle of next year. The two companies are Riverton-based U.S. Energy, and Vancouver-based Bell Coast Capital Corporation. Keith Larsen is president of U.S. Energy. He says the closing of a couple North American uranium mills and less blended-down weapons-grade uranium from the former Soviet Union have contributed to rising prices.
Cheyenne, Wy – Representatives of local government say they were stunned and frustrated a bill that would have provided three years worth of enhanced revenue, was killed in a Senate committee. Despite the defeat of the measure local governments could still see one year's worth of similar increases because of an amendment in the House version of the budget. Senator Bob Peck says that is why he cast the deciding vote against the bill.