Laramie, Wy – Former President George Bush says he's had a marvelous public life that has mixed some good with the bad. Bush participated in a public conversation with former Senator Alan Simpson at the University of Wyoming. Bush notes that despite a tough campaign where he lost to former President Bill Clinton he has enjoyed working with Clinton on Tsunami relief and now helping hurricane victims. Bush says the key to getting through tough political times is to have a sense of humor. The event marked the end of U-W's major fundraising campaign that raised over 200 million dollars.
Laramie, Wy – Because heating bills should be extreme this winter, Wyoming democrats are calling for a special legislative session to help those severely affected. State Senator Mike Massie says some will be very hard hit. But Speaker of the House Randall Luthi says there is not enough time between now and the budget session in February to prepare a special session. Republicans have suggested a bipartisan task force quickly study the issue and suggest appropriate legislation.
Laramie, WY – The discovery of chronic wasting disease in a new part of the state this fall was not a surprise to the Game and Fish Department. A deer and an elk shot in the far southern part of Albany County tested positive. Game and Fish says the discovery was hardly a shocker since the disease is established in all surrounding hunt areas. These positive tests match up with others documented since statewide testing for chronic wasting began in 2003.
Laramie, Wy – A trial started Monday with lawyers for school districts arguing the model for funding education in Wyoming is unconstitutional. At the same time a committee from the legislature is re-working the funding system. The House chair of the committee, Jeff Wasserburger, says his committee should take care of many of the concerns that will come up during the trail, but the lawsuit focuses on school construction too. Wasserburger says that is not something the legislature is taking on right now.
Laramie, Wy – Energy companies are seeking federal approval to drill three gas wells near Bondurant, a small community 35 miles southeast of Jackson. If approved, the drilling would be the farthest northward gas drilling has progressed in the upper Green River drainage. Bureau of Land Management officials say the wells would be drilled from one pad. Less than a mile and a half away is private property in the rural Hoback Ranches subdivision, a rural development with 122 homes.
Laramie, Wy – Cities and towns would be allowed to issue more liquor licenses under a bill that won approval from a legislative committee. Currently, communities may issue one liquor licenses for every three-thousand residents. But a bill approved on a seven-to-two vote in committee Thursday would reduce that threshold to one liquor license for every 25-hundred people. For Cheyenne, Wyoming's largest city, that would mean about four new liquor licenses.
Laramie, Wy – A Highway Patrol trooper stopped a car Thursday with several submachine guns inside. It happened ten miles east of Cheyenne on I-80. The driver of the car was from Tennessee. He was released while authorities investigate if the guns are illegal and require the owner to have a permit.