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.
Laramie, Wyoming – A Laramie woman has been bound over to district court on 14 counts of failure or refusal to account for, deliver or pay over property. 27 year old Alexis Ann Everett is a former of employee of the Albany County treasurers office. Authorities say in April of 2003, when Albany County residents paid their vehicle registrations, Everett changed the depreciation value of the vehicles, which altered to amount owed. She would then keep the difference which ranged from around 25-dollars to 168-dollars. In all, authorities say she took around 17-hundred dollars.
Jackson, Wy – Wyoming democrats are off to Boston to take part in the National Democratic Party Convention. State Party Chairman Mike Gireau says it gives his delegates a chance to meet people they normally only see on television. Since democrats can be lacking in the Cowboy state, he says it also helps rev up party members. Gireau says this is especially important since so many are running for office in Wyoming. He is hoping they will return to the state with new vigor to get more democrats elected.
Cheyenne, Wy – Recent rain may have improved rangeland and reduced the possibility of wildfires in much of Wyoming, but State Climatologist Jan Curtis says it is premature to presume that Wyoming is on its way out of drought. Curtis told the Governor's Drought Management Task Force that vigilance is still needed. The drought caused a 565-(M)-million-dollar decrease in Wyoming's crop and cattle production between 1999 and 2003. That figure that appears unlikely to improve given how 58
Laramie, Wy – A Casper company is finishing up a huge deal with the state of Oregon. Aqua Technologies of Wyoming produces a type of clay that can be used to clean up oil contamination. President, Tony Brown says it is going to an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site polluted with creosote. He says the deal is for over a million dollars and is significant for his 30 person company. Brown says if the clay works as planned in Oregon it will be used again. He says he plans to expand his plant and hire up to 70 more people in Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – Conservationists and residents from Sublette County are working hard to make sure the Bureau of Land Management hears their voices. The B-L-M is working on a draft plan to manage over a million acres in the Upper Green River Valley. The coalition wants the agency to allow development of oil and gas, but want it done slowly and responsibly. Linda Baker says part of that is because the boom is having an effect on civil services in Sublette County.
Wyoming – Wyoming Republican Senator Craig Thomas today (Thursday) spoke out in support of the Bush administration's proposed plan to change national forest service land preservation policy. Wyoming's five national forests and grasslands include more than 8 million acres of designated wilderness making up one of the largest blocks of public land in the United States. From our Capitol Hill Bureau, Elana [ee-LAH-nuh] Hadler Perl reports.