Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Cowgirls ran out to an early lead and never looked back in beating New Mexico 70 to 55.
They snapped their modest two game losing streak by bolting out to an 18 to 2 lead, behind a solid defense and the red hot shooting of Jodi Bollerjack. Bollerjack had a game high 17 points, five of them three point shots. She says the key was getting off to a fast start.
Laramie, Wy – The legislature kicks off next week and one topic that will likely come up right away is property tax relief. The idea is favored by the Governor but opposed by those who think citizens should help pay for state services. One supporter is Jackson representative Keith Gingery who is proposing relief for everyone. Gingery says those who live in Western Wyoming and other impact counties are seeing their taxes increase by over 100 percent each year. He says it is important that the state keep local government from losing any tax revenue, if they choose a bill to support.
Cheyene, Wy – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's announcement that he is suspending his campaign gives the eight Republican national delegates from Wyoming who back him more freedom to support someone else.
State Republican rules don't require delegates to be bound to a candidate.
Eight of the 12 Wyoming delegates chosen so far back Romney. That's out of a total of 28 who would go to the convention -- had the national GOP not suspended half of those delegates to penalize Wyoming for choosing its delegates early.
Cheyenne, Wy – Gov. Dave Freudenthal is asking the U.S. Forest Service to delay acting on a proposal to drill for natural gas in the Wyoming Range. The Wyoming Range is a popular hunting and recreation area within the Bridger-Teton National Forest near the Idaho border. Plains Exploration and Production Company wants to drill 136 gas wells on 17 well pads spread over about 10,000 acres in the National Forest. The Forest Service says the plan would disrupt about 400 acres and result in building about 15 miles of road.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming health sciences dean Robert Kelley says he'll be the next University of North Dakota president. A spokeswoman for Chancellor Bill Goetz says Kelley notified his office this morning that he'll accept the job. The 63-year-old Kelley will succeed Charles Kupchella, who's retiring later this year. Kelley was offered a a three-year contract worth $300,000 a year. State Board of Higher Education President John Q. Paulsen says he knew right away that Kelley was the right man for the job. Paulsen calls Kelley a 'fair and decent' man.
Washington D-C – Senator Mike Enzi is not worried about the Presidents Budget, because congress has the final say. The president wants to increase military funding by more than thirty million. To pay for that he wants to drastically cut domestic funding for insurance, education and local law enforcement programs. But Enzi says there's no reason for alarm because Congress gets the final say.
Jackson, Wy – This winter has pounded Western Wyoming with snow. But one of state's busiest airports has actually reduced weather-related cancellations. Weather cancellations at the Jackson Hole Airport this January were down 10 percent compared to 2007. But Airport Director Ray Bishop says this winter has been far harsher than previous seasons. And that keeps runway crews busy. BISHOP: In the month of January they have been out here almost every day with 12-hour shifts, over time, Saturday, Sunday everything.