Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's largest electrical utility, Rocky Mountain Power, is asking state regulators for permission to increase rates by about 7 percent. Residential rates would increase by a little less than 3 percent. Company officials say the increase is needed to cover the cost of Wyoming's growing demand for electricity. They say that money raised by the rate increase would go toward building new power generation and power lines. Utah-based Rocky Mountain Power also is seeking permission from
Laramie, WY – Keith Goodenough says part of the nation's energy policy should include conservation. But he's not interested in moving ahead with more drilling, especially in sensitive areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: "I don't support drilling in ANWR or offshore right now. We're going to need oil in 30 or 40 years more than we do right now. I think we should save that as part of a strategic reserve."
Lander, WY – Ranchers and livestock officials say a western Wyoming rancher who has seen more than 20 of his cattle test positive for brucellosis would have much to lose and little to gain by slaughtering his entire herd.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pushing the rancher to slaughter the animals. If he doesn't do that, Wyoming will lose its federal brucellosis-free status.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Mental Health official in Laramie County has expressed concern over lack of services available for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Bill Quinn the Director for Peak Wellness Center in Cheyenne says his center is already struggling to provide mental health services for the community. "If we were to see a big influx of veterans coming back and families needing assistance we would be asking the state for additional help in providing staff to offer those services."
Cheyenne, Wy – State employees who practice healthy behavior and get checkups will get some incentive rewards. The state announced a new health care program called Healthier Wy. It is designed to benefit those who practice healthy living. The Governor's Health Policy Advisor Wendy Curran says that the new program focuses on the positive aspects of good health. Employees who opt into the program will need to fill out a form and get it signed by a health provider. Those who commit to healthy activities will get a reduction on their health insurance premium in the year 2010.
Buffalo, Wy – The Attorney General's Office has sued the Johnson County Commission and others seeking to reverse a 2002 county action intended to extinguish a conservation easement on a private ranch east of Buffalo. The state filed its lawsuit in Johnson County District Court this month. It charges that the county commission violated its fiduciary duty to county residents when it voted in 2002 to end the conservation easement on the 1,000-acre Meadowood Ranch. Johnson County hasn't filed a response to the state's lawsuit yet.
Casper, Wy – A federal judge in Wyoming has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the booking company for Cheyenne Frontier Days against an animal rights group. U.S. District Judge William Downes ruled Tuesday that the lawsuit by Omaha, Neb.-based Romeo Entertainment Group was not filed in the correct state. Romeo Entertainment filed the lawsuit after the rock band Matchbox Twenty pulled out of a scheduled performance at this year's Frontier Days. The suit names Illinois-based SHARK, which stands for Showing
Jackson, Wy – The Chief Executive of the Boy Scouts says that the best thing about a project in northwest Wyoming this week is what it does for the scouts. Robert Mazzuca says the fact that over a thousand scouts are building trails and removing fences is certainly useful. But he says projects like this one, do much more.