Cheyenne, Wyo. – A report by the Wyoming chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union contends that the U.S. Forest Service systematically harasses people who attend Rainbow Family gatherings on public lands.
The ACLU opened an investigation after a clash this summer between Rainbow Family members and Forest Service officers at the group's annual gathering held in western Wyoming.
John Twiss, national head of law enforcement for the Forest Service, says the agency hasn't harassed the group.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Republican U.S. House candidate Cynthia Lummis is criticizing her opponent's proposal to bring down fuel prices by suspending the export of domestically produced crude oil and finished petroleum products.
Lummis said in a news release Friday that Democrat Gary Trauner's plan would hurt American jobs and trade by not allowing petroleum jelly, plastic resin and other finished petroleum products to be exported.
Laramie, Wyo. – A prominent reporter and expert in Russian-Georgian politics says the United States has failed in its foreign policy dealings with Russia.
Steve LeVine spoke at the University of Wyoming on Friday. He says Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Bush administration have wrongly engaged in nanny-diplomacy and finger-wagging with the Russians.
Laramie, Wy – Democratic U.S. House candidate Gary Trauner says Congress might soon have to "hold its nose" and pass a financial bailout bill. Trauner says he hasn't read all of the bill that cleared the Senate on Wednesday and won't commit to supporting it. But in a news conference in Cheyenne on Thursday, he said "time is running short." Republican U.S. House candidate Cynthia Lummis said Thursday that she opposes the bill that has passed the Senate, saying it's loaded with pork-barrel spending.
Cheyenne, Wy – There is a scenario where Wyoming could be hurt if the economy continues to falter. Governor Dave Freudenthal says natural gas demand could drop if the national economy continues to weaken. Freudenthal-"If you were to see the level of manufacturing activity begin to decline significantly, you'd see the demand for natural gas go down. There's fewer plants operating, there's less demand, there's less utilization of the underlying energy resource."
Riverton, Wy – The Northern Arapaho Tribe has sued Fremont County and the state of Wyoming in federal court over a long-standing boundary dispute. In its lawsuit filed in federal court in Cheyenne on Monday, the tribe states that Fremont County has been improperly levying state vehicle registration taxes and fees against tribal members who live in Riverton and other areas. Mark Howell is a Washington D.C.-based spokesman for the tribe. He said that if the court agrees with the tribe, all of the
Cheyenne, Wy – Agriculture officials say Wyoming isn't prepared to handle an emergency in the livestock industry, such as bluetongue or hoof-and-mouth disease. Officials with the Wyoming Livestock Board say they've been busy as it is handling cases of brucellosis that have turned up in cattle this year. Board members spoke to members of the Legislature's Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Interim Committee in Green River on Tuesday. The committee is considering legislation to create new positions