Wyoming – The more Congress focuses on renewable energy, the more domestic oil-producing states may wonder about their future; Wyoming lawmakers talk with reporter Terry Gildea about the future of the mineral fuel economy.
Gillette, Wy – A judge in Gillette set a November first trial date for a 15-year-old boy charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Michael Frank Seiser is accused of helping to kill 16-year-old Bryce Chavers with three men in order to silence Chavers before he could testify in the third-degree sexual assault trial. Seiser also has been charged with accessory to first-degree murder in a separate case stemming from the death of 19-year-old Jeremy Forquer (FORK'-er). But the Supreme Court will be reviewing
Cheyenne, Wy – Despite recent rains, Wyoming officials say the state is still in danger of drought. The City of Cheyenne has received nearly 3 inches of rain so far this month, more than 2 inches above the average monthly rainfall. But in terms of year-to-date precipitation, Wyoming's capital city is more than an inch below the normal level of nearly 8-point-9 inches. State Climatologist Steve Gray says that while the recent rains have been great, Wyoming is always on the edge of having a drought.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming ranchers say the new federal regulations for grazing on public lands will provide incentives for ranchers to improve land and give them time to make improvements. B-L-M Deputy Director Jim Hughes hopes it will encourage better practices on public land while not putting to many controls on ranchers. He says if people have concerns the public will have ample opportunity to comment. But conservation groups are expressing concerns and one group has filed a lawsuit to stop the new rules.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming School Boards Association has partially withdrawn from a lawsuit that challenged the state's school finance system. The board of directors of the Wyoming School Boards Association has voted to withdraw from the part of the lawsuit that challenged the funding of the daily school operations. Association President Monty Wardell says the state Legislature last winter increased spending for schools enough so that there is no reason to continue the litigation on that part of the suit.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming department of transportation can expect to receive about 30 million dollars less in federal funding than congress originally appropriated. And WYDOT budget head Kevin Hibbard says that lower revenues will not be the department's only challenge when it comes to maintaining the state's highways. He says higher costs will hamstring several planned projects. Congress reduced wyoming's highway appropriations three times during the past fiscal year in part because of revised spending estimates from the department of defense.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Freudenthal is hoping for more talks on the delayed leases in the Wyoming range. The Governor has opposed drilling in the Wyoming range in most instances. But Freudenthal says his frustration is that there is no way to set terms and conditions it's simply "either you allow leasing .or you don't." Freudenthal is still interested in finding a way to have a full blown discussion on the type of leasing that could occur there. He is concerned that if things are done poorly it could create a big mess.