January 11th, 2013

Rep. Lummis appointed to US House Subcommittee on Energy
Wyoming’s Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis has been appointed to chair the U.S. House of Representatives’ Science Subcommittee on Energy. The subcommittee will oversee energy research, development and demonstration projects. Lummis spoke with Rebecca Martinez from the Capitol press room in Cheyenne this week.

In Wyoming, lobbying is not about money.
Thanks to the occasional national scandal those who lobby government officials don’t always have the best reputation.  A lobbyist is someone who tries to persuade legislators to support measures that benefit his or her employer or special interest.  But while big money and gifts make a big difference on Capitol Hill, those involved in the legislative process say that in Wyoming…it’s more about trust and relationships.   Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports…

Legislature considers big changes for the State Board of Education
The Wyoming Legislature is considering a few bills that would change the way the Department of Education is run. This week, the Senate Education Committee voted to have a governor-appointed director to oversee education issues in the state and redefine duties of the State Superintendent. Alternately, the House has plans for the State Board of Education, will consider removing the Superintendent as a voting member of the Board of Education. The board would become a state agency, and be in charge of education accountability. Ron Micheli is the chairman-elect for the State Board of Education, and he has some reservations about these proposed changes. He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez. 

DEQ discusses plans to manage ozone levels in Sublette County
The Department of Environmental Quality hosted a meeting on Thursday to discuss how it plans to fix Sublette county's air quality problems. Emissions from oil and gas production in the area have caused ozone, or smog, to form at levels that exceed federal limits. Wyoming Public Media's Willow Belden has the story

Chief Game Warden says smooth wolf hunt validates Wyoming’s management plan
Wolf hunting season ended on New Year’s Eve, and Wyoming’s chief game warden, Brian Nesvik, joins Willow Belden now to talk about it. He says overall, the hunt went smoothly.

NRDC says Wyoming’s wolf management plan leaves too few wolves
Wyoming’s chief game warden, Brian Nesvik, tells Willow Belden the smoothness of this year’s wolf hunt shows that the state’s wolf management plan is sound. But Sylvia Fallon, the director of the wildlife conservation project for the Natural Resources Defense Council, disagrees. Her group is one of several environmental organizations that’s suing the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to remove Wyoming wolves from the Endangered Species List. She says state quotas for how many wolves can be killed are too generous.

‘Ecosanctuary’ offers haven for horses, seeks to attract tourists
Every year, the Bureau of Land Management removes thousands of horses from public land in Wyoming. They ship most of the horses to long-term holding facilities in the Midwest. But that’s expensive … and they’re running out of space. So now the BLM has partnered with ranchers to create a so-called horse “ecosanctuary” right here in the Cowboy State. It’s the first of its kind in the nation. Wyoming Public Radio’s Willow Belden reports.

Eugene’s Tasty Tea: Never too young for tea…or running a business
For our occasional series, Upstarts, we’re featuring entrepreneurs around the state. Our second featured businessman is Eugene Gerow-Mathew, of Eugene’s Tasty Teas, who makes organic teas and proves that you’re never too young to be an upstart.