Laramie, Wyo. – Under a proposed rule, different federal agencies will be allowed to determine whether or not a road building or logging project would harm wildlife.
The rule endorsed by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne would allow agencies outside of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service to determine if an endangered species could be harmed by a particular project.
University of Wyoming Law Professor Debra Donahue has been following the rule and has some concerns.
Laramie, WY – Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Nick Carter says Washington and Wall Street need a facelift in light of the government's $700 billion economic bailout.
Carter is running against Senator John Barrasso.
"I don't know who has been asleep at the bus here, but it's a staggering amount. We need to redo the way Washington does business. We need to redo the way Wall Street gets off the hook. We need accountability and we need that in spades right now," Carter said.
Laramie, WY – Members of a citizens' group concerned about uranium mining plan to ask for a tough environmental review on proposed mines in the northeast Wyoming. Jim Jones is a member of the group Ranchers and Neighbors Protecting Our Water: "One of the things that we're concerned about is that this process is very water intensive. For instance at the Smith-Highlands Ranch one site that's operating. In just one year there was 40 million gallons of water pumped out of the aquifer never to be returned."
Laramie, WY – A Wyoming National Guardsman has died in Afghanistan. Captain Bruce Hays of Cheyenne died September 17th when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.
Brigadier General Olin Oedekoven says Hays arrived in Afghanistan in mid-August. He was part of a team that trains Afghan police. Oedekoven worked with Captain Hays for years and says he exemplified the mission of service and sacrifice.
Laramie, WY – A UW sociologist says the main reason Wyoming voters are conservative on the issue of immigration is that the state has so few immigrants.
A recent poll of western states found 47 percent of Wyoming voters support deporting illegal immigrants. In Utah, considered one of the nation's most conservative states, only 37 percent support deportation.
Laramie, WY – Democratic U-S Senate hopeful Nick Carter says Washington and Wall Street need a face-lift in light of the government's 700-billion dollar economic bailout. Carter is running against Senator John Barrasso: "I don't know who has been asleep at the bus here, but it's a staggering amount. We need to redo the way Washington does business. We need to redo the way Wall Street gets off the hook; we need accountability and we need that in spades right now."
Wyoming – Oil and gas in southwest Wyoming have turned this town along Interstate 80 into a symbol of the state's growth. But the question few people seem willing to address is: what happens when the oil runs dry? Peter O'Dowd reports.
Wyoming – The state department of education recently released a summary that shows how school districts across the state are doing in a variety of areas. Bob Beck talks with State Superintendent Jim McBride about the report.
Wyoming – A Wyoming committee is proposing a statewide smoking ban. The question is whether to outlaw smoking in all public places or if certain places like bars and restaurants should be exempt. But previous attempts at a smoking ban have failed. Addie Goss reports.
Wyoming – The departments of Interior and Commerce have proposed rule changes that could weaken aspects of the Endangered Species Act. For more on the issue, Bob Beck talks to Debra Donahue, a law professor at the University of Wyoming who writes extensively about environmental issues.