Gillette, Wy – State Representative Frank Latta has resigned after moving outside his district in Gillette. The Campbell County Republican Party has begun searching for up to three candidates to replace Latta, whose successor will be chosen by the Campbell County Commission. Latta says attorneys told him that he could legally remain a state representative, but he didn't think it would be fair to do so. Instead, Latta is planning to run for the County Commission.
Laramie, Wy – A legislative committee has endorsed a proposal to reimburse members of the Wyoming National Guard for their life insurance. Currently guard members pick up the nearly 25 dollars a month, but Adjutant General Ed Wright says it will both help recruiting and show support for the Guard if the state pays that. Wright notes that times have changed for Guard members and more of them could find themselves in harms way.
Laramie, Wy – Cheyenne was set to be home to the nation's first commercial wind turbine testing facility, but the plan never got off the ground. The company Underwriters Laboratories received a grant to run the project, but returned the money after several problems arose. Including getting enough money, a lack of equipment and information and the company decided to go in a different direction.
Laramie, WY – The floodwaters are receding, and by now the helicopter crews dispatched from FE Warren Air Force Base to help with Hurricane Rita relief should be back in Cheyenne. But their presence on the gulf coast could have lasting consequences on domestic disaster relief. Wyoming Public Radio's Kristin Espeland has also returned from the gulf coast and reports on the military's perspective on this new role.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming had an almost flawless first half, jumping to a 28-7 lead on its way to an easy 42-17 win over Nevada Las Vegas on Saturday. Head Coach Joe Glenn noted that Quarterback Corey Bramlet played his best game of the season and that the Cowboy defense was outstanding. Bramlet threw for 315 yards and three touchdowns and Jovon Bouknight caught two touchdown passes. The Wyoming defense also scored its first touchdown of the season on a Derick Martin interception return. The Cowboys have won four straight and host a good Texas Christian University squad this weekend.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming officials are raising the issue of providing Health insurance benefits to Domestic partners of U-W employees. Universities in 21 other states currently offer benefits to domestic partners and Vice President of Academic Affairs Myron Allen says most fortune 500 companies also offer such benefits. Since these are companies U-W competes with for employees, he says U-W officials thought it was time to start opening discussions on the topic. But the topic is viewed as somewhat touchy since domestic partners include those of the same sex.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming trustees are considering two proposals to reposition the university amid soaring energy prices and growing demand for natural gas, coal, oil and sources of renewable energy. One idea is a School of Energy Resources, which would have a dozen new professors and would oversee energy research at U-W. U-W trustees reviewed that plan Friday and they plan to vote tomorrow on whether to send the proposal to the Legislature. A separate proposal would revive U-W's undergraduate program in