Wyoming – John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas has spent his career trying to bridge the gap between people of different races and backgrounds. Elsa Partan interviews Mr. Chaisson-Cardenas about his ties to Wyoming. Cheyenne was the first place he arrived as an immigrant from Guatemala.
Cheyenne, WY – This year many were hoping the legislature would pass a bill regulating coalbed methane water that is discharged when gas is removed from the ground. But the bill failed in the State Senate.
The defeat was noted by the Governor as one of the major disappointments of the legislative session. Senate President John Schiffer agrees and admits he thought the bill was in good shape. But Schiffer hopes more education and discussion will lead to a compromise and that they will have more success next year.
Laramie, WY – According to UW Political Science Professor Jim King, Senator Barack Obama had a few key things going for him this weekend.
The Illinois senator raised more money. He took nearly three-quarters of the vote in Albany County, home to the University of Wyoming and its reserve of young voters. That's a demographic that typically leans his way.
Laramie, WY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to conduct up to eight prescribed burns around Carbon County this spring.
The agency advises the public that smoke may be visible at times.
The BLM says the burns will be carried out only when weather, wind and other conditions are right to keep them under control. Most of the burns are intended to remove sagebrush and other growth that has become so old that it's unproductive. Ash from the burned vegetation fertilizes the ground and encourages the growth of nutritious, young shrubs.