Laramie, WY – A former legislator from Laramie County says she regards her work to get Wyoming to recognize the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as one of her greatest accomplishments.
Harriett Elizabeth Byrd says she's experienced discrimination firsthand. And she says she believes in everything that King stood for.
Byrd says it took almost nine years to get a bill through the Wyoming Legislature honoring King in the 1980s. Wyoming was one of the last states to make the birthday of the slain civil rights leader a state holiday.
Laramie, WY – Lawmakers from farming states say tough negotiations lie ahead for the five-year farm bill passed by Congress last year.
That's because of strong opposition from the White House to the bill, which would cost 286-billion dollars.
Members of the House and Senate agriculture committees say two issues stand out above the others as Congress tries to hammer out a deal -- how the bill will be paid for, and how much the legislation will limit federal farm subsidies to wealthy farmers.
Laramie, WY – Hanna Zavecz scored 21 points and Wyoming extended its winning streak to 10 with a 65 - 49 victory over San Diego State Saturday.
Jodi Bolerjack scored 11 points and Aubrey Vandiver finished with 10 for the Cowgirls. Zavecz also had seven rebounds. Wyoming held the Aztecs scoreless for nearly 7 minutes to open the game, building a 13-0 lead. The Cowgirls led 20-2 before San Diego State went on a 9-2 run.
Wyoming closed out the half with a 15-7 surge to lead 37-18 at the break.
Laramie, WY – The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to cut trees in the Medicine Bow National Forest to deal with an infestation of bark beetles.
Acting Laramie District Ranger Tom Florich says that pine bark beetle attacks on lodgepole pine and spruce bark beetle attacks on spruce stands have increased dramatically in the area, generally southwest of Foxpark. The town of Foxpark is a private inholding in the forest.
Laramie, WY – This week, legislators plan to discuss helping counties set up local juvenile services boards. That could be a first step in changing how Wyoming deals with people under 18 who break the law.
The boards would use state funding to set up local programs that would try to intervene with lawbreaking youngsters before they get into more serious trouble.
Cheyenne State Senator Kathryn Sessions, a Democrat, says Wyoming is losing too many kids to prison.
Cheyenne, WY – Gov. Dave Freudenthal recommends that Wyoming spend the first round of money it stands to receive from the federal abandoned mine lands program on research into clean coal technology and to build a road to a planned coal plant in Carbon County.
Freudenthal presented his recommendations today (Monday) to the Joint Appropriations Committee.
Wyoming will get the first $82.7-million payment from the federal abandoned mine lands program this year. The program uses taxes on coal production to clean up abandoned mine sites and related pollution.
Laramie, WY – A backcountry skier killed in an avalanche west of Big Sky, Montana, has been identified as a Montana State University student from Vermont.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Department says Tyler Stetson of Shelburne, Vermont, died in the avalanche yesterday. Stetson was in his 20s.
The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center says his body was recovered within 10 minutes of the avalanche. The center says the snow swept Stetson into trees, and he was dead from trauma when searchers found him.