Powell, Wy – Newspaper Publisher Dave Bonner, Former State Representative Sylvia Gams and former County Commissioner Ray Peterson are all finalists to be the next Senator representing Big Horn and Park counties. They will be filling the seat left vacant when Senator Laness Northrup died earlier this month. The three were chosen during a meeting Monday and Big Horn County Republican Chairman Bernie Du Monthier says County Commissioners from Park and Big Horn will now make a final selection. Bonner, who is from Powell, appears to have the edge.
Rock Springs, WY – With rising gas prices, there are more reports of people not paying when they fill up their cars. In the Rock Springs-Green River area, a company is trying to combat the problem by requiring customers to pre-pay for their gas, starting May first. Red Horse Oil runs five gas stations and Vice President of Sales, John Bunning, says some locations have seen as many as 10 drive-offs a month over the last six months. And while they'd rather not make people pre-pay, he says they don't feel like they have a choice.
Laramie, Wy – The Director of Wyoming's chapter of the Sierra Club says the Grizzly Bear management plan limits the Grizzly Bears ability to roam in suitable habitat. Steve Thomas says the management plan that will be discussed by the Game and Fish Commission this week unfairly discourages Grizzly Bear populations in areas where it makes sense for Grizzlies to locate, such as the Wyoming Range.
Laramie, Wy – The population in Wyoming's prisons grew by over a hundred in 2004. As of June of last year there were 1900 people in county jails and the state's four prison facilities. The spokesperson for the Department of Corrections, Melinda Brazaale, says an increase in drug use is one cause of the growth of the prison population, another is people violating the terms of their probation.
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with author Gary Ferguson about his new book "Decade of the Wolf"
Topic: A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that in the last year, Wyoming was one of eleven states that had a waiting list for H-I-V/Aids medications, because of a lack of available funding; Guest: Kurt Galbraith oversees funding for HIV/Aids medications in the state.
Topic: With rising gas prices, there are more reports of people not paying when they fill up their cars; Guest: John Bunning, Vice President of Sales for Red Horse Oil.
Sheridan, WY – A Sheridan native became Wyoming's first civilian casualty of the war in Iraq on Friday. 29-year-old Jason Obert was born and raised in Sheridan. He was one of five Americans who were killed Friday when the helicopter they were riding in was shot down north of Baghdad. Obert lived with his wife and children in Fountain, Colorado, but his parents, a brother and sister still live in Sheridan. His widow, Jessica Obert, says the two talked just hours before he left on the fatal mission, and that both had a bad feeling about the trip.
Casper, WY – The state Game and Fish Commission hears a presentation on the proposed grizzly bear management plan this week. The Game and Fish Department analyzed more than 17,000 public comments regarding their grizzly plan. From that they developed five recommendations for the commission. Among those recommendations was to actively discourage grizzly populations in the Wyoming, Salt River and southern Wind River Ranges. The Game and Fish Commission meeting takes place Tuesday and Wednesday in Casper.
Greybull, WY – Family members of two men killed in a 2002 air tanker crash in Colorado are suing the federal government. Rich Schwartz and Milton Stollak died while fighting a wildfire when the left wing fell of their plane, igniting fuel and sending the plane crashing to the ground. Their survivors already filed suit against the plane's owner, Greybull-based Hawkins and Powers Aviation. Now, they've added six federal agencies to the lawsuit.