Ottawa, Canada – Fears about the financial impact of mad cow disease aren't being helped by looking north of the border. Mad cow was discovered in Canada in May of 2003. And Canadian farm income may have plunged to record lows last year because of it. A governmental report says realized net income for farmers is expected to drop to a negative $13.4 million for 2003.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate introduced four health care measures Monday in an effort to deal with rising costs. Senate Health Committee Chairman Charlie Scott says the medical errors commission measure is the most significant. It is among the two tort reform measures under consideration and Scott says it would set up a system to look into health care errors and possibly make changes to avoid future ones. Bills also introduced would assist in recruiting doctors, study health care technology and provide smaller hospitals with money to treat catastrophic cases.
Cheyenne, WY – Republican leaders in the Legislature were generally complimentary with their views of Governor Freudenthal's State of the State message. But the Speaker of the House says the Governor used over-the-top, anti-minerals rhetoric in his speech. Representative Fred Parady, a Republican, says the Democratic governor went too far when he said the minerals industry could inadvertently turn our state into a water and wildlife wasteland.
Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal gave his second State of the State address Monday morning, formally starting to 2004 Wyoming Legislative Session. In a speech that lasted about 50 minutes, the Governor urged legislators to build schools and prisons this session and consider major savings later. During his state of the state message the Governor tried to convince legislators that paying for these things now, will free up money and the need for taxes in the future. He says failure to act now will result in legislators having to come back and face debt or raising taxes.
Laramie, Wy – A plane crashed near the summit of Elk Mountain Friday, killing the pilot and injuring the two passengers. Local authorities carried out a daylong effort to get the survivors off the mountain in south-central Wyoming. They were finally able to reach them around ten o'clock. The plane crashed around 11:30 Friday morning about a thousand feet below the 11-thousand, 100-foot summit. The passengers were able to contact authorities by cell phone.
Cheyenne – This week, the Wyoming Arts Council surpassed its goal of raising $100,000 in the 100 Days of Arts campaign. But this should really come as no surprise. In recent years, it seems the Wyoming arts community has enjoyed its own little renaissance. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern has more on this unexpectedly rich part of the Cowboy State.
Laramie, WY – The first woman appointed to the US Supreme Court will speak at the University of Wyoming on March 16th. The speech by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will be at the President's Society annual dinner for major university contributors. O'Connor will also join an afternoon dialogue, which will be open to members of the general public. Nominated by President Ronald Reagan, O'Connor became the Supreme Court's 102nd justice and its first female member in 1981. Former US Senator from Wyoming Alan Simpson extended the invitation for O'Connor to come to Laramie.