Wyoming – The Wyoming department of transportation says the states highways are falling apart, but Bob Beck reports that legislators are reluctant to spend a lot more on them, despite a 500 million dollar budget surplus.
Wyoming – The current director of the Minerals management service is under fire. Johnnie Burton is a former Wyoming politician who is being tied to some irregularities within the department. But U-S Senator Craig Thomas is coming to her defense and speaks with Kristin Espeland.
Cheyenne, WY – The bill to ban open containers of alcohol in vehicles is moving to the state House. The Senate gave final approval to the proposal today. The vote was 26 to three. Senator Curt Meier was in the small minority that voted against the ban. He says if the state really wants to address safety on the highways there were other options than an outright ban on open containers. The bill now heads to the state House. It died there last year by one vote.
Cody, WY – The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has ruled against a Park County landowner who tried to invoke Wyoming's new split estate law. The landowner sought to force an energy company to pay a higher bond for drilling on his land. The ruling yesterday rejected arguments by Heart Mountain landowner Jim Dager that Windsor Energy should post a $416,000 surety bond. He argued that was to cover the loss of value of nearly a thousand acres surrounding planned gas drilling operations.