Salt Lake City, UT – Elected officials from Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Oregon are warning a pipeline company not to contribute to environmental causes to protect sagebrush habitat.
The officials are demanding that El Paso Corporation drop an agreement it made with environmental groups that clears away objections to a 680-mile natural gas pipeline that would begin in Opal, Wyoming and end in Oregon.
Washington D-C – A presidential task force says that charging a fee for carbon dioxide emissions is key to developing technology to store the gas from coal plants underground. The technique is aimed at helping reduce pollution blamed for contributing to global warming. The task force says that without a price for carbon pollution, there is no framework for investing in the underground storage technology. The task force calls the lack of comprehensive climate change legislation the "key barrier" to carbon storage. Senate Democrats
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming gubernatorial candidate Matt Mead has raised more than twice as much money as any of his competitors but he's largely funding his campaign out of his own pocket.
Campaign finance reports filed with the Wyoming Secretary of State's Office this week show Mead's campaign has raised just over $1.1 million so far this year. That's more than twice as much as his closest competitor.
Laramie, Wyo. – Republican candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction sparred over the proficiency testing of students during a Wyoming PBS debate last night. Former state superintendent, Trent Blankenship, admitted PAWS is flawed, but explained that the test was originally created to gather data to help teachers assess student needs quickly.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A federal judge is siding with American Indians and ordering Fremont County to elect county commissioners in five separate districts.
Judge Alan B. Johnson on Tuesday rejected Fremont County's proposal to continue with at-large voting in most of the county. The county had proposed to designate a single commission district in which American Indians would be the majority.
Fremont County Commission Chairman Douglas L. Thompson had no immediate comment on Johnson's ruling.
Rock Springs, Wyo. – An upcoming U.S. Bureau of Land Management meeting will focus on the use of helicopters and vehicles to round up wild horses.
The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the BLM's Rock Springs Field Office. The BLM is looking for the public's thoughts about using helicopters and motorized vehicles to manage wild horses in the coming year.