Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Army National Guard will soon have its first female commander. Colonel Kathy Wright takes over the position in January of 2009. With the position, she also will assume the duties of the assistant adjutant general. Wright will be promoted to brigadier general when she assumes command. That will make her the second woman in the Wyoming National Guard to hold that rank and command status.
Laramie, Wy – During a meeting on a water dispute between Wyoming and Montana participants found some agreement. That was on the need to build tourism in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. It straddles the two states. But disagreement continues on how to solve the larger problem of how much water should be stored in Bighorn Lake.
Laramie, Wy – Payments to rural counties hurt by cutbacks in logging would continue for one year under a deal reached in Washington, D-C. The measure calls for spending 400 million dollars to help 700 counties hurt by logging cutbacks. Wyoming counties would get about two-point-four million dollars under the proposal. Oregon Congressman Greg Walden says he and other lawmakers secured the one-year extension, as part of an emergency spending bill for the Iraq war. But President Bush is threatening to veto it.