Casper, WY – Several states in the Rocky Mountain region are enjoying modest increases in oil production. This year, Colorado is on pace to take 7.4% more oil out of the ground when compared to 2002. Montana and North Dakota also are experiencing similar production spikes. But Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Don Likwartz says increased production isn't the case in Wyoming. He says the main reason is that Wyoming's oil fields are old. Likwartz says 12 of the top 25 field in the state have been around for 75 year.
Torrington, Wy – Torrington Livestock Market is joining an effort to create a voluntary beef check-off program. The U-S Supreme Court is studying the mandatory program, in which cattle producers are required to pay fees for research into diseases and marketing to promote beef consumption. The Torrington livestock auction has joined the Organization for Competitive Markets in a lawsuit filed Friday in U-S District Court in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Laramie, Wy – A Republican candidate for Congress in Wyoming is a fan of President Bush's No Child Left Behind initiative. Jim Altebaumer of Casper supports increased efforts to improve education in the nation. Altebaumer believes No Child Left Behind was needed. He says it's much more productive to educate young people rather than incarcerate them. If elected, Altebaumer says he'd continue to support improvements and increased funding for education. He says that type of spending is critical for the country's future.
Jackson, Wy – Investigators are still scratching their heads over the poisoning of 26 dogs in western Wyoming and eastern Idaho since March. The latest was a dog that died last Thursday after it apparently ate poison at Bridge Bay Campground in Yellowstone National Park. That's the first time a dog has been poisoned in Yellowstone National Park. It brings to eight the number of dogs that have been killed by poison-laced meat left at campgrounds, roadsides and picnic areas. Another 18 dogs have gotten sick but have recovered.
Laramie, Wy – A legislative committee will take another look at a proposal to provide subsidies to doctors paying high medical practice premiums. The temporary subsidy, supported by the Governor is intended to try and keep doctors from leaving the state until a permanent solution to medical malpractice is found. But not everyone likes the idea. Among them is Senate appropriations chairman John Schiffer. His concern is that doctors are being singled out for help, when other citizens have high insurance costs.
Laramie, Wy – The National Education Association is endorsing Democrat John Kerry in the presidential election. The president of the Wyoming Education Association, Gary McDowell, says this is because President Bush is not willing to change the No Child Left Behind Act while Kerry says he is willing to work with the recommendations of the National Education Association. McDowell says they do look at every individual candidate before endorsing one. He says while they haven't endorsed a Republican for president they have supported members of the G-O-P on the state level.
Casper, WY – Negotiations over a contract to start Northwest Airlines service from Casper to Minneapolis are progressing well. That's according to Casper Area Economic Development Alliance President Chris Manegold. It took Northwest several weeks to send CAEDA a draft contract, and the Casper Airport Manager says it's more more likely they'll have to wait until next spring to start the service. Manegold still is shooting for an October 4th start date. He believes there's still time between his group and Northwest to negotiate a contract and start service this fall.