Wyoming – Next Friday will be the debut of a new video about Wyoming called Code of the West. It is produced by Author Jim Owen who has become enamored with western values. The video features Wyomingites in all walks of life and gives a huge plug to the state of Wyoming. It will be shown on Friday January 22nd at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie, beginning at 4:00. Owen, who is from California, told Bob Beck people from all over the country see Wyoming as something different.
Wyoming – Like cowboys in the American west, gauchos are iconic in Argentina. There, the gauchos have been riding the pampas on horseback and herding cattle for centuries. But now that agricultural systems are changing - the gaucho's way of life is under threat. The BBC's Candace Piette reports from the Argentine plains.
Wyoming – The University of Wyoming's new Rural Law Center got up and running this past semester. Alan Romero is the director. He says the Center will get faculty and students to focus attention on rural legal issues. He told Addie Goss that could include legal challenges related to coal bed methane drilling, split estate, land development, and other issues that don't receive a lot of scholarly attention outside the rural West.
Wyoming – The legislature this session may look at stricter penalties for people who drive under the influence. Meanwhile, an advisory group to the governor is taking a different approach to the issue - they're looking at administrative gaps in how the state prevents, catches and processes DUIs. The group has come up with recommendations for how to change the system - they'll suggest a plan for implementing those changes later this year. Group facilitator Lorrie Pozarik explains further with Addie Goss.
Wyoming – Many in Wyoming are trying to follow what Congress is doing with health care legislation. Among those organizations is the Wyoming Business Coalition on Health. The group was started a few years ago to try to find ways to make insurance and health care affordable and available for businesses and employees. Anne Ladd oversees the organization. She says they believe that health care reform will bring help to Wyoming, but Ladd says it could also bring some unwanted burdens. She tells Bob Beck their needs are simple
Laramie, Wyo. – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has re-opened elk hunting in northeastern Wyoming, near Sundance. Officials say area 116 has seen growing numbers of elk over the last decade, and hunters killed fewer elk than usual during the fall season.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. – Add another small earthquake to the swarm of temblors that have rattled Yellowstone National Park in recent days. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.3-magnitude earthquake struck at 8:39 p.m. Monday, and it was centered 9 miles southeast of the town of West Yellowstone, Mont. No damages or injuries have been reported.
Rafael Abreu, a USGS geophysicist, says a swarm of earthquakes has hit the park in recent days, which is normal.