Casper, WY – Wyoming's three candidates for U-S House squared off in a debate in Casper Sunday afternoon. Democrat Ted Ladd promoted his enthusiasm and potential. Libertarian Lewis Stock said he could offer fresh ideas. Five-term incumbent Republican Baraba Cubin pointed to her experience and knowledge. Over the course of an hour, the trio discussed the Patriot Act, found some common ground on federal lands, sparred over federal spending and argued over the war in Iraq.
Riverton, Wy – Opponents of placing a medium security prison in Riverton are hoping to have enough signatures to get the issue placed on the ballot next week. The Fremont County Coalition to Stop the Medium Security Prison wants citizens to vote on whether they want the prison to be placed in the county. Meanwhile, they are also working to get the Fremont County Commissioners to reverse course and pull support from the effort. Riverton officials see the prison as a way to create more jobs in the community.
Laramie, Wyoming – The University of Wyoming was one of 56 stops across the country this week by the International Caravan for Justice in Juarez and Chihuahua. The Caravan is traveling across the US to educate people about the hundreds of unsolved murders and thousands of unsolved disappearances in the cities along the United States-Mexico border. Mari Lou Andrade, a spokesperson for the Caravan for Justice, spoke to a crowd at the University of Wyoming about the need for support from Americans in bringing these crimes to light. Andrade's sister was one of the victims.
Washington, DC – Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi was among a group of congressmen who received flu shots two days after federal officials announced a shortage of the vaccine. Several lawmakers turned down a chance for a flu shot to avoid the appearance of preferential treatment. Enzi's spokesman says the Senate physician recommended the flu shot, as did Senate Majority Leader and doctor, Bill Frist. Senator Craig Thomas of Wyoming also received a flu shot, but his spokesman says Thomas got it several days before the shortage was announced. Representative Barbara Cubin did not receive a shot.
Laramie, Wy – The new cost estimates for installing sprinkler systems in student housing at the state's seven community colleges is now just under three million dollars. The Wyoming Community College Commission and the state Fire Marshal's office have been studying sprinkler costs in residence halls since a March 30 fire gutted a dorm at Northwest College. The college commission plans to submit a supplemental budget request for the work.
Laramie, Wy – The Game and Fish Department is announcing the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in a new area. The deer came from a location near the Snowy Range Mountains near the Colorado border. It is an area where C-W-D has not been found before, but officials say the finding is not surprising. The Game and Fish department reports testing 950 animals so far this fall with 13 positive results. This being the only new area documented. There is still no evidence that C-W-D can move from deer and elk to humans.
Washington DC – THE PRICE OF OIL NOW HOVERS AROUND 50 DOLLARS A BARREL. AND THERE'S NO RELIEF IN SIGHT. REPUBLICAN WYOMING SENATOR CRAIG THOMAS BLAMES THE PROBLEM ON THE FAILURE OF CONGRESS TO APPROVE A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY BILL. IN PARTICULAR, THOMAS PLACES MUCH OF THAT BLAME ON DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE JOHN KERRY. CHAD PERGRAM REPORTS FROM OUR CAPITOL HILL BUREAU