Rawlins, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management has authorized the establishment of four special offices to expedite and accelerate the development of renewable energy resources on public land. One of those offices is to be located in Wyoming.
The other offices are planned for Arizona, Nevada and California.
Outgoing Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said in a statement last week that the primary job of the four new renewables offices is "to expedite development of wind, solar, biomass and geothermal resources on public lands."
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate is debating a bill that would make it clear that someone who pleads guilty of misdemeanor domestic violence will lose their gun rights.
This comes after federal courts rejected a Wyoming law that tried to get around federal law. The state law would have allowed someone convicted of domestic violence to have their first conviction expunged, so they could regain their gun rights. Lander Senator Cale Case says this is a rare instance where a misdemeanor will cost you a constitutional right.
Laramie, Wyo. – A prominent voice for equality in Wyoming says history will remember President Barack Obama for unifying the country in troubled times, rather than as America's first black chief executive.
Harriett Elizabeth Byrd's 12-year career in the Wyoming Legislature began in 1980. For much of her time at the capitol, she fought for state recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Byrd is 82, and worked for the Obama campaign in Wyoming. She says she has been looking forward to the inauguration since he was elected in November.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Right now it is difficult to get a charter school started in Wyoming. The biggest hurdle is to get a local school board to agree with the concept. But the legislature is considering some bills that might make the process go more smoothly.
Cheyenne Representative Amy Edmonds is pleased that the House passed a bill that forces a school district and charter school proponents to work together on getting the school agreed upon before a legal timeline is imposed.
Wyoming – Wyoming is still the envy of many states when it comes to employment. But this state is not immune to the economic downturn. Joan Evans, the Director of the Department of Workforce Services, joins host Elsa Partan.
Wyoming – Sadie Babits of the Environment report tells us that hunters have been using lead bullets for decades to kill game with little, if any, side effects. But new research finds that hunters may need to use more caution when choosing their bullets.