Laramie, Wy – Governor Freudenthal's re-election campaign continues to enjoy a substantial fund-raising advantage over Republican challenger Ray Hunkins. Freudenthal reports he's raised just over 830-thousand dollars from the start of his campaign through the third week of August. Hunkins reports that he's raised over 276-thousand dollars, including 85-thousand in loans from Hunkins himself. Freudenthal says the number of people who have contributed money to his campaign indicates to him that for the most part people think Wyoming is on the right track.
Laramie, Wy – As double digit population growth continues to swell Campbell County's homes apartments hotels and motels so it goes with the county hospital. Campbell County Memorial Hospital noted record emergency room visits and baby deliveries in its most recent end-of-the-fiscal-year report. Interim C-E-O Andy Fitzgerald says the hospital is trying to cope with the influx of patients. It has just received funding to upgrade its M-R-I machine with a breast coil.
Laramie, Wy – Microbes are going to work cleaning up the site of a gas well blowout last month. It happened a few miles west of Clark in the Big Horn Basin. The blowout contaminated the well site with drilling fluid and gas condensate. Vacuum trucks removed about ten barrels of gas condensate from the surface. Now company officials hope to clean up the rest with a product called Micro-Blaze.
Laramie, Wy – A lack of workers is forcing a number of hoteliers, restaurant owners and managers and fast-food establishments in the Sheridan area to go out of the country to find employees. Larry Storo Junior owns two McDonald's restaurants. Over the years he has hired 45 employees from other countries - primarily Russia and other Eastern Bloc countries. He says he tries to hire local workers but it's getting harder to find local residents, even among high school students.
Laramie, WY – The state game department is warning hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to watch out for grizzly bears in some areas of Wyoming. A large crop of white-bark pine cones could attract the bears because the cones are high in fat and help prepare grizzlies for hibernation. The game department says people heading into the woods should be aware that bears may be searching for the cones in mid- to high-elevation conifer stands that hold white-bark pine.
Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal says the state can help with the tight housing market in the state. Already this year the state has sent 105 million dollars to communities impacted by mineral development. This is to deal with the additional costs that development brings. But, Governor Freudenthal says it can also encourage the construction of homes because it can go to building the infrastructure required to put up new homes.