Cheyenne, Wyo. – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia drew laughs and applause from a Cheyenne audience as he disparaged the popular notion that the Constitution is a living document that must evolve with the times.
Scalia described himself on Friday as an "originalist," meaning it's necessary to stick to the Constitution's original meaning.
While some other justices maintain that the death penalty violates the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, Scalia says he disagrees.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Public Broadcasting System is facing some challenges as it tries to remain relevant in the 21st century.
P-B-S President and C-E-O Paula Kerger says quality local programming is important, but from a national standpoint she wants to focus on three key areas.
Kerger says PBS continues to bolster education-based children's programming; the group is putting more emphasis on the arts. And Kerger says that she believes PBS's news offerings will also be critical.
Laramie, Wyo. – Nine industrial wells in the Pinedale area showed such potentially dangerous levels of gas contamination that workers were unable to carry out tests on the water.
That's according to members of a water quality task group that met this week. Member Leslie Schwabacher says the gas industry and the Bureau of Land Management are trying to find a way to safely test these wells for toxic hydrocarbons.
Washington, DC – Legislation to compensate livestock owners whose animals are killed by wolves is one step closer to passage.
A Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming to approve federal matching money for state trust funds that pay ranchers for those losses.
The Bush administration has objected to the bill, saying the payments should be a state responsibility.
Gillette, WY – The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, 850,000 dollar grant to community colleges in Gillette and Sheridan.
The money will go to providing education for advanced technicians in the energy sector.
Another focus of the grant is to look to the future of the state's energy workers. As part of the grant, a pilot summer camp project will be created for fifth- through ninth-graders to introduce them to the energy industry through education and hands-on activities.
Pinedale, Wy – The Upper Green River Valley Coalition says some companies in the oil and gas industry are doing a better job than government agencies tackling water contamination in the Pinedale Anticline. Linda Baker says Shell has been proactive trying to resolve the presence of toxic hydrocarbons in local water supplies. "They are trying to make improvements on their techniques for drilling water wells, they are doing soil testing, they are trying to take into consideration all of the ways contamination might be occurring and I see this as a proactive step."
Laramie, Wy – A top official at the University of Wyoming has refused to fill out a survey issued by the most popular college ranking publication in the country. Myron Allen says the ranking system is flawed. The latest edition of the U-S News and World Report came out last week. It places Wyoming in the third tier among schools ranked 134th to 188th. Allen says the system is unfair it places too much emphasis on selectivity, student retention and a survey filled out by presidents and provosts at other universities.