Wyoming – Roman Catholics and some other religions refuse to officially ordain women in their churches. The thinking is that women have always been excluded. But a Theology professor who is visiting the University of Wyoming this week says that is not the case. Santa Clara University professor Gary Macy is the author of a new book called the Hidden History of women's ordination.
Casper, Wy – Wyoming Representative Barbara Cubin has missed almost half of all House votes this year. She says she's been forced to stay away from the Capitol due to her husband's illness, the recent death of her brother, and her own broken foot last month. Cubin says it's been an extraordinarily difficult year for her family. She spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday from the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Cubin's husband, Doctor Fritz Cubin, is scheduled to undergo
Cheyenne, WY – A joint transportation committee has delayed action on a bill that would establish a toll road along Interstate 80. Lawmakers have been discussing the toll on commercial trucks to make up for dwindling federal dollars that maintain Wyoming highways. Senator Michael Von Flatern (flait-urn) is chairman of Senate Transportation Committee. He says the trucking industry would support the bill.
Jackson Hole, WY – Business leaders and policymakers say squabbling over which type of energy is best to combat climate change only delays action. At the climate summit in Jackson, experts say all available technologies will be needed to balance the world's increasing demand for energy against the risks of climate change. The President of GE Gasification, John Lavelle, says the wisest bet right now is to invest in as many different options as possible.
Jackson Hole, WY – Business leaders predict dealing with climate change could mean big business for Wyoming. Attorney Kipp Coddington represents companies interested in carbon sequestration, that is, pumping carbon dioxide from burning coal underground, instead of venting it into the atmosphere. He says Wyoming has not only the right geology but also the right attitude to take advantage of the budding technology. Coddington spoke at the University of Wyoming's climate summit in Jackson.
Laramie, Wy – The lawyer for a University of Wyoming student accused of violating school policy in a drinking incident last month says UW officials are violating the student's due-process rights. UW officials last week announced that they were temporarily suspending all activities at the Sigma Nu fraternity following reports that students were dangerously intoxicated at an event there. Sara Axelson is vice president for student affairs at UW. She said last week that the dean of students office there was holding
Laramie, WY – The Rock Springs City Council is considering drafting an ordinance that would ban smoking in public places. The idea is being supported by Wyoming's health care community. Loretta Wolf of the Wyoming Chapter of the American Cancer Society says such bans are gaining in popularity.
The Rock Springs City Council took public comment on the proposal and will consider such a ban next week. Laramie, Evanston and Cheyenne have already enacted similar bans on smoking.
Laramie, WY – The Eastern Shoshone Tribe hopes it can save up to $1 million a year by restructuring the way it uses attorneys on the reservation.
Business Council Chairman Ivan Posey says the tribe has traditionally relied on outside firms to provide legal advice. Now he says the tribe is trying to form an attorney general's office, and eight qualified candidates have already come forward.