Lander, Wy – Young drivers continue to be involved in serious automobile crashes across the state but groups are hoping that trend will soon change. Two years ago legislators passed a graduated drivers license bill that will require more driver training. Meanwhile, a law standardizing the curriculum of drivers education instructors also was approved. Lori Pozarik of Injury Prevention Resources in Fremont County believes the new laws will help. But while many support Graduated drivers licenses she says the system only works with parental support.
Cheyenne, Wy – U-S Senators will be considering a bill that includes hundreds of millions of dollars for Wyoming's abandoned mine land clean up activities. But they will also be considering extending the length of time the state's abandoned mine land division can tap into that money. Division director Evan Green says his authority to use federal clean up funds will expire next year unless the senate approves the measure. And it has expired in the past.
Cheyenne, Wy – A new third-party political movement in Wyoming. Leaders of the two established political parties say it's NOT likely. Nationally, there are a variety of middle-of-the-road political groups springing up, from the Centrist Party, to the American Centrist Party to Denver-based Unity Oh-Eight. In fact, former Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Tom Strook is a founder of Unity Oh-Eight, which seeks to pair Republicans and Democrats on split-party tickets to appeal to moderate voters.
Cheyenne, Wy – Region wide drought conditions could leave Wyoming with a hay shortage. The state supplies hay for both itself and other states, but cannot seem to produce enough for all the demand. Livestock and Forage Program Manager for the Wyoming Business Council, Scott Keith, says that this is a serious problem. Keith says hay theft may become an issue and advises producers to take good inventory of their hay and to keep it in a secured area if possible.
Washington D-C – GOOD NEWS FOR WYOMING. OVER THE WEEKEND, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVED A PLAN TO PAY THE STATE ABOUT 550 (M) MILLION DOLLARS IT'S OWED FOR CLEANING UP ABANDONED MINES. WASHINGTON BUDGET HAWKS STALLED THE PAYMENT FOR YEARS. BUT THE HOUSE OKAYED THE MESAURE, BY ATTACHING THE PAYOUT TO LEGISLATION THAT WOULD BOOST THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE. REPUBLICAN WYOMING REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA CUBIN SAYS LAWMAKERS STYMIED THE PACKAGE FOR YEARS..BECAUSE IT JUST DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH BROAD POLITICAL SUPPORT.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal is spending a lot of his time touring forest fires and he admits he is a bit nervous about what the rest of the summer holds. Freudenthal notes that Wyoming's fire danger is very high as is the rest of the country. Freudenthal says it means that getting outside help will be next to impossible if a large fire does break out. He urges people to be careful in fire prone areas.