Cheyenne, Wy – Milward Simpson -- who bears the same name as his grandfather, the former Wyoming governor and U-S senator -- has been hired as program manager of the Wyoming Arts Council. State Parks and Cultural Resources Director Phil Noble made the announcement today (Thursday) of Simpson's hiring, effective February 18th. The younger Milward Simpson has spent a lifetime in the arts.
Laramie, Wy – Cities, towns, counties and tribes are now able to apply for eight point four million dollars in grants and loans. The Business Ready Community Program has been up and running for almost three weeks now and its first deadline is March fifth. But, the director of the program, Steve Achter says they've only had one application, so far, but he does expect a lot of communities to apply before the first deadline. Achter says his estimate is they'll get requests for 15 million dollars. A panel will review the applications and determine which are deserving.
Washington, DC – Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman says her department's mad cow probe has "made a lot of headway in the last five weeks." Veneman testified before a Senate Committee Tuesday. She said that protection systems have been enhanced, consumer confidence in the beef supply remains high and that work is being done to reopen foreign markets to US beef. Meanwhile, South Korea still isn't convinced. They've rejected the latest US safeguards against BSE, saying they will not lift a ban on American beef until the meat is "scientifically proven" safe.
Laramie, Wy – A five-year-old Utah girl who was allegedly abducted by her father last night has been released back to him. Authorities in Carbon County unraveled the complicated story of the alleged abduction that triggered an Amber Alert. Steven Miller from Texas, picked up his daughter, Stephanie, at her mother's home in Harrisville, Utah. The mother reported it as an abduction, and authorities triggered the alert. The father and daughter were found in Rawlins, where he was arrested and she was put into foster care.
Laramie, Wy – Investigators continue to look for the source of the brucellosis cases in a Sublette County cattle herd. Much has been made of the elk herds in the area, which are known to carry brucellosis. No one is officially pointing a finger at the elk, but State Veterinarian Jim Logan says they've ruled out cattle as a cause of the transmission. He says it likely came from wildlife.
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.