Cheyenne, Wy – The governor of Wyoming has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to reject water quality rules proposed by the state of Montana. Governor Dave Freudenthal says the Montana rules would severely limit natural gas production in Wyoming. He wants the E-P-A to appoint a mediator to resolve the issue between the two states. But Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer says his state intends to stick by its rules. And he says that he's disappointed Freudenthal took the issue to federal regulators.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Arts Council has a new manager. Longtime employee Rita Basom replaces Milward Simpson who left to lead the division of cultural resources. Basom led a successful fundraising effort for the Arts council in 2003 and says she hopes to get Artists and Art Associations more involved in what the Council does.
Laramie, Wy – A candidate for Governor says the focus in areas impacted by energy development should be on people. During an interview on Wyoming Public Radio Republican Ray Hunkins said he did not know what additional environmental protections would be needed in the Jonah Gas Field in Western Wyoming. But he knows where the focus should be and that is people. Hunkins is concerned that too much of the focus has been on impacts to Wildlife.
Thermopolis, Wyoming – Governor Freudenthal says the reception has been remarkable at three campaign stops across the state where he announced he would seek a second term as governor today (Monday). Speaking first in his hometown of Thermopolis, Freudenthal said he's confident that Wyoming has moved in the right direction since he took office. Later in the day, Freudenthal also spoke to crowds in Casper and Cheyenne. Freudenthal, a Democrat, says he's been successful in his first
Johnson County, WY – Western sprawl is threatening agricultural and ranch lands around Buffalo, and one developer has a new approach to curbing it. Reporter Elizabeth Davis has the story from Johnson County.