Laramie, WY – This week, Republican Cynthia Lummis officially became a candidate for the US House.
Lummis had been considering a run ever since Representative Barbara Cubin decided not to seek re-election. Lummis is hoping to impact a number of revenue and land issues if elected. As for the war, Lummis wants a steady approach.
Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal is calling the reduction of mineral royalties that go to the state a crime.
The federal government is reducing the share of the mineral royalties that go to states from 50 percent to 48 percent. Freudenthal says this move is part of a pattern of the federal government trying to bail itself out by pulling state money back.
Wyoming could lose about 20 million dollars as a result of the change.
Casper, WY – The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has halted a proposal to end private uses of public land at Alcova Reservoir and other reservoirs.
The proposed rule change would have prohibited private uses like the leasing of trailer spaces at Alcova. The change also would have affected private property on bureau land at Pathfinder, Grey Reef, Boysen and Keyhole reservoirs.
The change drew protests from people who vacation at Alcova, including the owners of about 80 year-round homes west of the reservoir.
Laramie, Wy – Former Wyoming Treasurer and Legislator Cynthia Lummis says some recent national and global work convinced her to run for the U-S House of Representatives. The Republican is seeking the seat of outgoing congresswoman Barbara Cubin. Lummis recently served on some committees dealing with taxes and private land issues. She says the experience convinced her to give congress a shot. Lummis adds that she has done speaking and writing on international wealth and believes Wyoming could use someone with that background in congress.
Riverton, Wy – An inmate has escaped from the Wyoming honor farm. The department of corrections says 27 year old Elburn Cordel Bailey has been missing since seven last night. He is 5-11 and weighs about 175 pounds. He was serving up to seven years for unlawful use of a credit card. If he is seen, people are urged to contact law enforcement.
Laramie, Wy – A South Dakota man has died in an avalanche in the Snowy Range Mountains. The Albany County Sheriffs office says Dale Wagner died when the he was buried by the avalanche while snowmobiling in the French Creek Drainage. The Sheriffs office says three others were rescued. They add that the avalanche may have been triggered by the snowmobiles. The Sheriffs office says recent snow and weather conditions have increased the probability of avalanches in the area and they urge people to be cautious.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's high rate of maternal smoking is affecting the number of Wyoming babies born premature or underweight.
In 2003, 9% of babies born in Wyoming were born underweight - under 5 pounds 8 ounces. That's 1% higher than the US rate. Meanwhile, the maternal smoking rate in Wyoming is nearly twice the national average, and studies consistently link maternal smoking to preterm and underweight births.