Wyoming – A form of Universal health care started right here---among Cowboys and cattlemen on the Open Range of Wyoming in the 1880's. It is no surprise why or how it started, but as University of Wyoming historian Phil Roberts tells us, it's demise ought to be a cautionary tale for those advocating non-government co-ops instead of a public option for Universal Health Insurance
Wyoming – The bark beetle epidemic impacting the West is the largest in recorded history. Over the last few years it has moved from Colorado into Wyoming and brought with it a swath of red, dying trees. The epidemic is changing the landscape and it also means that officials with the Forest Service are managing the forest differently than they did just a few years ago. But, some say the Service is overreacting. They say it should take a more hands off approach. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports.
Cheyenne, WY – Legislative leaders from 15 states say they will attend the energy symposium in Jackson that Wyoming state government is sponsoring this fall.
House Speaker Colin Simpson, R-Cody, sponsored legislation to fund the symposium scheduled for Oct. 25-27 in Jackson. He says he's pleased that representatives from all the states that were invited have agreed to attend.
Wyoming originally budgeted $450,000 for the meeting. Lawmakers later reduced that by 10 percent in keeping with overall state budget cuts.
Cheyenne, WY – Health care will be the topic as Sen. Mike Enzi gives the Republicans' weekly national address on Saturday.
Enzi plans to talk about the need for reforms that will lower health care costs without increasing the federal deficit. He has said that health care reform is one of the biggest issues of our time, but the reforms advocated by Democrats would increase costs, not lower them.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – University of Wyoming administrators say they'll ask lawmakers for a 5 percent tuition increase in 2011 or 2012.
UW President Tom Buchanan says the school's long-term plans include establishing regular and predictable tuition adjustments. Federal stimulus money could stave off a tuition increase in 2011, however.