Cheyenne, WY – Oil prices are high right now and that's getting companies interested in looking at old oil reserves in Wyoming. To get at the oil operators would have to use enhanced oil recovery technologies. The governor reports that this could mean millions more in revenue for the state. And he put together a task force to make recommendations on how to encourage enhanced oil recovery. State Geologist Lance Cook says the task force decided the best thing the state can do is set up a research institute at the University of Wyoming.
Laramie, WY – Over the weekend, a legislative committee cut $5 Million from the University of Wyoming's request for athletic facilities. UW officials will try to get the funding restored. And Athletic Director Gary Barta says he wants not only that money, but also money for increasing the department's overall budget. He thinks UW's lack of funding in the last few years has led to poor performances by teams. Meanwhile, Barta is responding to a State Legislator's claim the UW athletic plan focuses too much on football.
Topic: A group of experts from the oil development field say Wyoming should put more money in getting oil out of the reserves in the state; Guest: Lance Cook, Member of the Task force and State Geologist
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Lois Pine, Albany County Program Director of Wyoming Quit Tobacco about programs and counseling to quit smoking
Laramie, Wy – New Wyoming building standards for schools say the state will only pay for adequate facilities. So, school districts that want larger classrooms, or larger auditoriums will be asked to pay for those things themselves. The plan is to have districts pass local property taxes. Senator Irene Devin does not think it goes against a Supreme Court mandate that the state pay for schools, because the bill specifically addresses enhancements.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Attorney Generals office is asking a district court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's term limits law. They argue the statute of limitations in the case are up. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two legislators and two constituents. Their attorney Harriet Hageman disputes the claim, saying the earliest the clock would have started on the statute of limitations was when Governor Jim Geringer and Superintendent Judy Catchpole were prevented from seeking third terms. She disagrees with the state that the clock started in either 1992 or 1993.
Laramie, WY – A non-profit group is going to honor Wyoming people for making the state's outdoor heritage what it is today. The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming will start taking nominations for the first Hall of Fame Banquet. Director Maureen Brown says they will open nominations February 1st. Brown says nominations are open to outdoorsmen and women, artists, authors, sportsmen and women and even those who have crafted policy to protect the outdoors. She says inductees must be of the highest integrity and must have been committed to Wyoming's outdoors.
Casper, WY – The U-S Energy Department is planning to inject carbon dioxide into underground oil reservoirs at the Teapot Dome north of Casper. The project could be one of the world's largest test sites for burying C-O-2 in hopes of slowing global warming. The Teapot Dome project will store carbon dioxide from a natural gas processing plant more than 300 miles away beneath the oil field in central Wyoming. Project Manager Vicki Stamps says the process has been tested at smaller sites nationwide but never on such a large scale. Storage could begin by 2006 and last seven to ten years.
Jackson, WY – Jackson Hole High School Principal Michael Redzich says he will not budge from his decision to change the school schedule from four to seven periods a day. That's despite an outcry from students and parents. Earlier this month, Redzich told parents and staff who had been working on the school's schedule that the school will use a seven-period day he developed over the holiday break. Staff members and students claimed they had been left out of the decision. On January 13, more than 200 students staged a sit-in at the high school gym to protest the change.