Laramie, WY – The Mayor of Laramie says the town's unusual demographics mean there is a shortage of affordable housing. Klaus Hanson says many of the rental properties that would be affordable to low-income families get rented instead by students. And he says some homes that low-income families might be able to buy are sold to a higher bidder: parents of students at the University, who then rent the properties out.
Laramie, WY – A sit-in against high ozone levels in the Pinedale area yesterday drew about 55 protesters. They convened at a Questar drilling location on the Pinedale Anticline.
The protest was an effort to call attention to the proposed drilling plan on the anticline that some residents say would further endanger public health. The Bureau of Land Management is currently reviewing comments on the Pinedale Anticline proposal.
Pinedale, Wy – Conservationists are applauding Governor Dave Freudenthal's letter to the Bureau of Land Management, which calls the Pinedale Management Plan unacceptable. In part, the letter asks the BLM to require gas companies to do mitigation efforts when they drill. Organizer Linda Baker says she was surprised that the Governor took such a strong stand before the public has even seen the changes to the Plan. Normally the Governor or another cooperating agency might reserve their comments for after the public gets a chance to see the document, too.
Cheyenne, Wy – Federal officials say the amount of snow accumulated in Wyoming's high country is above average for all but one of the state's river basins. The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that snowstorms last week in northeast Wyoming helped push the amount of water stored in Wyoming snowpack to 117 percent of the 30-year average statewide. Officials say the relative abundance of water in the mountains in early May bodes well for spring runoff in the state's river basins.
LaBarge, Wy – Exxon Mobil plans to spend more than 100 million dollars to build a plant in Wyoming that would test carbon-capture technology. The Irving-based company says it will begin construction on the plant in La Barge this summer, with start-up scheduled for late next year. The plant will employ Exxon Mobil's Controlled Freeze Zone technology, which uses cryogenics to remove carbon dioxide. The company has been working on the technology for about 30 years.
Wyoming – Governor Dave Freudenthal has appointed a new advisor on juvenile justice issues. Retiring District Judge Gary P. Hartman of Worland says there are a number of juvenile issues in Wyoming that need to be addressed.
Wyoming – A lot of gun issues have come up so far this year, including the Castle Doctrine bill in the state legislature and U.S. Supreme Court taking on a Washington D.C. handgun ban. Bob Beck reports.