Laramie, Wy – Several conservation groups announced they have agreed to drop their lawsuit against an energy company. This comes after the Wyoming based groups and Bill Barrett Corporation reached a compromise on how development of natural gas wells should proceed. Bill Barrett Corporation's Duane Zavadil says they sought out the conservationists to try and negotiate and he's glad they did because it much more productive to come to an agreement than to go to court. Zavadil says he was pleasantly surprised at the willingness of conservation groups to compromise.
Laramie, WY – A circuit court judge in Laramie refused to dismiss fraud charges against a former state lawmaker Thursday. Judge Randall Arp found there is sufficient evidence against Terry Guice for the case to move to district court and an arraignment that should happen in about a month. Guice is accused of using a phony company to defraud Oftedal Construction Company out of over $50,000. The prosecution claims Guice has been unable to show he actually obtained the items he supposedly sold to Oftedal.
Cheyenne, WY – A phone company in Chugwater is trying to get a ruling that its' service is competitive. The company reasons that cellular telephone and other services has made it competitive. But Wyoming Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman opposes the attempt because it would allow the phone provider to be unregulated. Freeman says the available services are nowhere near the point they need to be. He says the Wyoming Public Service Commission still has to rule on the issue, but he fears a positive ruling would lead to other companies doing the same thing.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has rejected Russell Henderson's attempt to argue for reduction of his two consecutive life prison sentences. Henderson is one of two men serving time for the murder of Matthew Shepard. The court refused to review a decision by a lower court judge rejecting Henderson's claim that his state-appointed lawyers failed to discuss potential appeals with him. Henderson pleaded guilty to felony murder and kidnapping in the October 1998 murder of Shepard.
Riverton, WY – A debate with the eight major party candidates for Wyoming's seat in the US House will be held on next Tuesday night in Riverton. Separate debates will be held for the five Republican candidates and three Democratic candidates. The debates will air on Wyoming Public Television and will be simulcast on Wyoming Public Radio, starting at 7 pm.
Wyoming – An energy company is seeking to do more drilling year round in an area that is crucial winter habitat for wildlife. Questar Corporation already has permission to operate one drill rig all year, but Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that this time the company is offering to spend a lot of money to try and reduce impacts
Laramie, Wy – The public will have a chance to ask questions about a proposal by Questar to do more all year drilling in crucial winter habitat for big game Thursday. The proposal involves land south of Pinedale. The company wants to use several techniques to reduce the impact on the habitat and on wildlife. Questar's Pinedale General Manager, Ron Hogan says this includes decreasing the ecological footprint by a third and cutting down on the number of vehicle trips into the habitat by up to 25 thousand every year.
Laramie, WY – Entrepreneurs from around Wyoming are gathering in Laramie Thursday to learn how to bring in capital. Well Dog President John Pope says the one day event will be a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs. Pope says several out-of-state investors that have demonstrated a willingness to invest in Wyoming companies will be in attendance. He says those investors will tell participants how to attract their money and what kinds of companies they seek.