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.
Jackson Hole, WY – Climate scientists and other experts called for immediate action on global warming at a conference in Jackson Tuesday.
They spoke at a three-day conference sponsored by the University of Wyoming. Stanford University climate scientist Stephen Schneider says the US government has already delayed too long in taking action.
The longer we wait to try to solve the problem, the more expensive it will be in terms of the risk of climate change," he said.
Rock Springs, Wy – The Rock Springs City Council is looking into a proposed ban on smoking. If the ban is adopted, Rock Springs would join Cheyenne, Laramie and Evanston as Wyoming cities that prohibit smoking in public places. The Rock Springs proposal hasn't been introduced in the city council yet. Supporters of the ban say that it would prevent children and others from being exposed to harmful secondhand smoke. But others say that the ban could hurt business.
Laramie, Wy – The administrator of Wyoming's version of the state children's health insurance program or S-Chip says the state has enough money in its program if federal funding is stalled. President Bush vetoed the bill funding S-Chip and some worry that kids might lose their insurance. Wyoming Kid Care Administrator Patti Guzman, says the Wyoming program works differently then the federal version. She notes that it's a partnership between the state and private insurance companies.