Billings, MT – While Governor Freudenthal has stayed away from the presidential race this year, he's gotten involved in Montana's gubernatorial election. Freudenthal was in Billings, Montana Thursday campaigning for Democratic candidate Brian Schweitzer. Schweitzer hopes to follow in Freudenthal's footsteps, winning the Governor's mansion as a Democrat in a predominantly Republican state. Freudenthal and Schweitzer also discussed plans to develop small business opportunities in Montana and Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming will be focusing on avoiding a letdown Saturday when it hosts Louisiana-Monroe. The Pokes are coming off a huge win over Ole Miss, and this weekend they are facing a team that is winless. But Head Coach Joe Glenn says the Indians are a capable team that has lost a ton of close games in the last two years.
Laramie, Wy – Housing Costs in the state continue to increase and the price hikes are starting to spread to new areas of the state. While Teton County continues to have the highest housing costs, the gap between it and some other areas is starting to close. State Senior Economist Justin Ballard says that is not because its getting any cheaper to live in Teton County it is because housing is more expensive across the board. Overall, Teton County remains the most expensive place to live in the state followed by Sublette and Campbell Counties.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyomingites may only have to worry about West Nile Virus for only a couple more weeks. State West Nile virus coordinator Terry Creekmore says recent cold weather has helped decrease the number of mosquitoes. That could mean an early end to this year's threat. But Creekmore suggests taking precautions at least until the middle of October. The first hard freeze will eliminate the threat until the spring thaw.
Laramie, Wy – The school board in northern Lincoln County is faced with a tough choice. On Tuesday they are set to vote on the location of a new elementary school. The board had chosen to build it in Etna but a group of parents from Alpine appealed that decision. Cameron Haag from Friends of Alpine School says his community is the best choice because it is growing so fast and they are offering free land to build on.
Lander, WY – A tornado touched down near Lander Thursday evening. The twister ripped off tree limbs, but there were no injuries or damage to structures reported. The tornado hit at 5:35 p-m near the community of Milford about five miles northwest of Lander.
Rock Springs, Wy – Sweetwater County is looking for a new hospital C-E-O after the hospital trustees voted unanimously to fire John Ferry. Ferry had been on the job for over 20 years, but some board members felt it was time to bring someone new on board. Trustee Chairman Jay Lyon says they are looking for someone to take the hospital in a more modern direction. Lyon says they want to enhance overall strategic planning for the hospital. Lyon says Stuart Thomas will be the Interim C-E-O until a permanent replacement can be found.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Wyoming author and writer is going to join the Governor's planning office. Sam Western will take over as human service policy analyst. Freudenthal says that means he will look at the Health, Workforce, and Family Services Departments to see how they are working together. Western wrote a controversial book about the role of agriculture and mineral development in the state, but the governor says Western will not be involved with natural resource policy.
Washington, D.C. – A Wyoming Senator says international cooperation is neede4d to stop terror funding. During a hearing on the matter, Senator Mike Enzi pointed out thyat while a lot has been done, various reports indicate a lot more work is needed to address terrorism funding. Enzi applauds the U-S Treasury Department's work with various international groups to stop the flow of money to terrorists, but more needs to be done to eliminate the threat. He's excited about efforts to bring China and others to the table to work on the problem.
Gillette, WY – A Denver consulting firm arrived in Gillette Wednesday to begin conducting a housing needs assessment for the area. The booming energy sector made Campbell county among the fastest growing counties in the nation in 2002. But Sherrie Palmer of the Campbell County Economic Development Corporation says there's a difference of opinion about whether the community has enough housing. She says opinions are mixed between whether there's enough housing or too much development. Palmer hopes the assessment will give officials concrete answers about housing needs.