Wyoming – This week at least two of Wyoming's city councils met and cut their budgets. The cuts were in response to decreases in the main source of money for local governments sales tax revenue. Also looming for local governments is a decrease in funding from the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports with less money to go around there's more competition between cities and the state.
Wyoming – A group called Organizing for America has started doing listening sessions across the state. The concept is to hear Wyoming residents' thoughts on national policies and empower them to become active in the political process. The Wyoming effort is led by Sheridan resident Bryon Lee .and he is trying to hear what concerns state residents. He speaks with Bob Beck.
Wyoming – A University of Wyoming Professor and graduate student are researching the health effects of the U.S. Military's use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Each of them has personal reasons for getting involved in this research. Diem Pham (dyiem famm) is a graduate student in zoology at U-W. Harold Bergman is a U-W zoology professor. He explains to Addie Goss how the toxic chemical dioxin got into Agent Orange.
Wyoming – Last year, Pavillion, Wyoming received national media attention for its problems with water quality. The Environmental Protection Agency found chemical contaminants in several private water wells in the area. Some residents link the contamination to oil and gas wells owned by EnCana. The water issue is on hold right now, while federal officials run more tests. In the meantime, local residents have another concern - air pollution. Now it's getting some attention from the state. Addie Goss reports.
Wyoming – The U.S. Postal Service is in the red by billions of dollars, and the agency's mission is part of its problem. Service to rural towns, like so many in Wyoming, is expensive. As Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick reports, the deficit has the postal service thinking about big changes.
Wyoming – The road from Muddy Gap to Lander invites cruise control. It's a rough expanse of sage and snow, with a seemingly perpetual side-wind. But at Sweetwater Station, the turnoff to Riverton, a small, hand-painted sign is getting drivers to apply the brakes: Old Books, Fresh Eggs for sale. Turn in and you'll meet Polly Hinds. She and her partner, Lynda German, are two of the five residents of Sweetwater Station.... and the owners of Mad Dog and the Pilgrim Booksellers.
Laramie, WY – Some in Wyoming's coal industry welcomed the election of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate last week. Brown's election has upset the Obama Administration's legislative agenda. Arch Coal's Greg Schaefer says that means Congress isn't likely to take up cap and trade soon. "With the election Tuesday night of Scott Brown, it sure appears that the administration is going to be spending more time focusing on the economy and jobs," he said, "which will likely delay or put cap and trade on hold for a long time."