Laramie, Wy – Wyoming U-S Senator Craig Thomas has rolled out an energy package that bills he says address energy prices and availability. The bill proposes ways to streamline the permitting process for fuel refineries . Includes incentives for extracting more oil from older wells using carbon dioxide and provides a new way to finance the construction of power plants and oil pipelines. But more than half of the bill's fifty three pages deals with opening up the artic national wildlife refuge for oil and gas exploration and production.
Laramie, Wy – A recent national report says the cost of sending a Wyoming preschool age child to day care is more then it costs to send them to college in the state. The study was done by the National Association of Child Care resource and referral agencies. It says that Parents of a 4-year-old in Wyoming pay an average of more then 54 hundred dollars a year for preschool care.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's first crack at funding a variety of wildlife and natural resource projects is moving forward. The state Wildlife and Natural resource trust board is trying to whittle down a large list of potential projects to be funded from the new trust fund that was set up by the legislature. Director Bob Budd says the proposed projects are across the board. Budd says the board will visit several of the proposed projects before making a final decision on which ones to fund. He says the large number of projects clearly shows the number of needs in the state.
Lararmie, Wy – Some conservation groups in Wyoming proposed that the state stop feeding elk at three sites. Their goal was to prevent the spread of wildlife diseases. But, the Game and Fish Department said to do this they would have to kill about 1500 elk out of a herd of 4500 in the Gros Ventre area. The Game and Fish's John Emmerich says keeping the sites open does pose a risk because that is the consequence of bringing animals together for feeding, but he says conversely if they don't feed elk many of them would die.
The state health director says that insurance continues to be the biggest health care concern facing the state. Brent Sherard thinks that access to health care in Wyoming is fair but he says it is less available to people without insurance. Sherard thinks there is access to basic medical services in the state but he says there is a shortage of those who deliver babies as well as mental health professionals.
Laramie, Wy – The United States will probably continue to see catastrophic wildfires until it sets up a long term federal response for dealing with fires. That's the finding of Congress's investigative branch the G-A-O. And Wyoming's Governor, Dave Freudenthal, says not only is there not a sound comprehensive plan the one that does exist is not well funded. The G-A-O did find that the federal government increased spending to prevent and fight forest fires. But, Freudenthal says that money was shifted out of this region to work on projects in California.
Cheyenne, Wy – The state health director says that insurance continues to be the biggest health care concern facing the state. Brent Sherard thinks that access to health care in Wyoming is fair but he says it is less available to people without insurance. Sherard thinks there is access to basic medical services in the state but he says there is a shortage of those who deliver babies as well as mental health professionals.