Cheyenne, WY – A bill attempting to manage the controversial issue of coal-bed methane water run-off survived its first hurdle in the state senate.
Some landowners complain that CBM water that gets pumped out when gas is recovered floods or contaminates their land.
The goal of the bill is to have the state engineer manage water overflow and provide more property rights. During debate, Senator Tony Ross asked why coal-bed methane developers don't either re-insert water into ground or put it into pipelines.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming House members gave initial approval to a bill that would allow people to shoot to kill intruders to their home.
But lawmakers fought off attempts to restore a controversial part of the measure. During debate of the bill called the Castle Doctrine, sponsor Lorraine Quarberg urged lawmakers to allow people to choose not to retreat when confronted with crime.
Quarberg wants people to be allowed to take defensive action, outside of a home.
Laramie, WY – Sixty Yellowstone National Park bison were shipped to slaughter Thursday as part of a state and federal effort to keep brucellosis from being transmitted to cattle from bison that roam outside park boundaries.
The contagious disease can cause bison, cattle and elk to abort. In the past two weeks, 290 bison on Yellowstone's northern edge have been captured and sent to slaughter.
Another 49 bison were hazed Thursday from the Stephens Creek area south toward the Roosevelt Arch at Gardiner.
Cheyenne, WY – Community colleges became a focus of debate during discussion on the state budget.
Lawmakers were stingy on additional spending for colleges and in the Senate they rejected over five million new dollars to be stuck into a funding formula for all colleges.
During that discussion there was considerable debate over how colleges should be treated in the future. Senator Gerry Geis of Worland says Colleges are more important now than they have been in the past.