Casper – Starting October 4th, Northwest Airlines will fly two planes a day from Casper to Minneapolis-St.Paul. The new service was announced Tuesday morning at the Natrona County International Airport. And while excitement over jet service to the Twin Cities is high, the pressure is on make the service viable. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports from Casper.
Laramie, WY – A group of Wyoming landowners are trying to get enough signatures to put a split estate initiative on the ballot. Landowners Association of Wyoming spokeswoman Laurie Goodman says they're hoping to get enough signatures to put the issue on the 2006 Wyoming ballot. Lawmakers have failed to pass similar legislation and Goodman says they're trying to get something passed to even the playing field with oil and gas developers. She says there is no law in Wyoming requiring compensation for property damage done by oil and gas drilling.
Laramie, WY – A dietician and author says each community can do something to reduce childhood obesity. Dayle Hayes says it doesn't take laws or regulations, just an effort to help kids be more active. Hayes says you can't walk to school if there are no sidewalks in your subdivision. She says that means kids have to be driven to school. Hayes says Wyoming communities don't need to ban vending machines, but rather work to put healthier products in those machines.
Laramie, WY – The same-sex marriage issue has found its way into the race for Wyoming's seat in the U-S House of Representatives. A vote last week by Representative Barbara Cubin on the Marriage Protection Act is drawing criticism from one of Cubin's Republican opponents. The act would prohibit federal courts from reviewing portions of another law that says states cannot be forced to accept same-sex marriages from other states. State Senator Cale Case of Lander says the bill's passage trampled the constitution by undermining the country's system of checks and balances.
Casper, Wy – Northwest Airlines announced Tuesday that it will begin flying a Casper to Minneapolis-Saint Paul route in October. And the new flights will likely receive a lot of attention because this effort is one of three the Wyoming Business Council has invested state money into. The Business Council's Patrick Pitet believes legislators will focus on these flights to determine if they want the air service enhancement program to continue.
Topic: A group of Wyoming landowners are trying to get enough signatures to put a split estate initiative on the ballot. Guest: Laurie Goodman, Landowners Association of Wyoming spokeswoman and landowner, Eric Barlow
Topic: Consumer Issues with Consumer Advocate, Bryce Freeman
Cheyenne, WY – One reason hospital administrators are hopeful the state is moving toward a resolution on the medical malpractice front is due to doctor recruitment. Since the American Medical Association named Wyoming a crisis state due to a lack of caps on non-economic damages, it's been difficult to get specific doctors to come to the state. Wyoming Hospital Association Director Robert Kidd says finding specialists has been nearly impossible. Kidd says there's a national shortage of medical professionals which compounds the problem in Wyoming.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's Republican Party has both local and national plans underway to support the upcoming elections. Party Chair Jim Willox says grassroots level organizing in counties throughout Wyoming will be a key park in this year's election cycle. Willox says party members discussed the need for such grassroots organization at the state convention and a number of plans are operating in counties around the state.
Minneapolis, MN – A deal to start flights from Casper to Minneapolis on Northwest Airlines appears to be complete. Negotiations between Northwest and the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance started in June and if the airline's website is any indication, an agreement has been reached. Reservations for the Casper to Minneapolis route can now be made on the Northwest website for flights after October 4th, which has been the expected start date for the service.
Moose, WY – Grand Teton National Park biologists euthanized a male black bear Friday that had become habituated to people and human food. Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott says the 229 pound bear was about eight years old and was put down out of concern for public safety. The bear had obtained at least a half dozen food rewards from unattended coolers and backpacks over the past few weeks from popular visitor areas. The bear showed no fear of people, approaching hikers and picnickers repeatedly.