laramie, wy – The Wyoming legislature kicks off today with the Governor's annual state of the state message. It's a budget session and Governor Dave Freudenthal will tell legislators that he would like them to look for ways to act today for future generations. Wyoming Public Radio will carry the Governor's speech live, followed by analysis and ongoing legislative coverage.
Bondurant, WY – Environmentalists are objecting to an oil and gas producer's plan to drill in the Wyoming Range of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Plains Exploration and Production Company holds leases south of Bondurant, where it wants to drill three exploratory wells. But an official with the Wilderness Society says with fast-paced development nearby in the Pinedale Anticline and Jonah Field, there shouldn't be drilling in the Wyoming Range. Peter Aengst cites a Forest Service decision one year ago to cancel a lease sale in the Wyoming Range.
Cheyenne, WY – During his State of the State message Monday morning, Governor Dave Freudenthal suggested that Legislators reduce the state sales tax by a half percent. Freudenthal noted that several tax relief proposals before lawmakers to both help citizens pay high utility costs and to return some of the budget surplus to residents. But he told legislators that in 1995 the addition of the 4th cent sales tax was only supposed to be temporary.
laramie, wy – Laramie resident Sarah Konrad has made both the US women's Olympic cross country team AND the biathalon team which combines cross country skiing and marksmanship. She is the first woman to qualify for two sports in the winter Olympics. Konrad's first race is Monday but tomorrow (SATURDAY) she'll have her first chance to see the race track. We'll hear more from Olympian Sarah Konrad who joins us via cell phone from Italy this afternoon at 3 on Open Spaces.