Wyoming – Some 350 people crowded into the Plains Hotel wanting to know why they had to pinch their pennies to save gas while oil companies made record profits. And ConocoPhillips didn't shy away from the inquisition. Peter O'Dowd reports.
Gillette, Wy – Coal-bed methane drillers and others welcome the lifting of federal restrictions designed to protect sage grouse in northeast Wyoming's Powder River Basin this spring. For the last three-and-a-half months there has been a moratorium on drilling and other surface disturbing activities within two miles of a sage grouse lek, or mating area. But as the federal restrictions end, the coal-bed methane industry will find low prices for Wyoming gas. State Oil and Gas Supervisor Don Likwartz says he isn't sure how
Cheyenne, Wy – New Wyoming laws go into effect July first making it illegal to have open containers of alcohol in moving vehicles and imposing tougher penalties on drunken drivers. The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that it handled 59 crashes involving drugs or alcohol last year. Those crashes resulted in 66 deaths. The patrol issued more than 13-hundred citations for driving under the influence last year. Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank says outlawing open containers of alcohol in moving vehicles is an important step for
Laramie, Wy – Although the federal minimum wage is increasing there is still a segment of the population that some believe have been left out. That is those who get tips. Reverend Warren Murphy of the Wyoming Association of Churches says that those who get tip wages will not see a mimimum wage hike. He says that needs to change, because those workers struggle in some places. But Murphy adds that even with the minimum wage reaching seven dollars and 25-cents an hour .Murphy says many Wyoming workers will remain near poverty.
Helena, MT – More tests for brucellosis in Montana have turned up negative, and livestock officials say they're nearly done testing cattle that could have had contact with the disease. Test results on 490 head of cattle show no further cases in Montana. The state will lose its coveted brucellosis-free status if another case of the disease is found. The first was detected in a Bridger, Montana, cattle herd last month. A herd in Wyoming was also being tested because it shared a fence line with the Montana herd.