Laramie, Wy – A conservation group lists the Big Horn National Forest as one of the 12 most endangered forests in the country. It's the only one on the list from this state and the Wyoming Wilderness Association's Liz Howell says the reason the Big Horn is worse off than other forests here is because of increased pressure to allow logging. She notes the new forest management plan would increase logging objectives and though she isn't against that practice she is against allowing so much more of it, which will chase away elk and make it hard to find a pristine creek for fishing.
Wyoming – Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Judy ShepardI, mother of Matthew Shepard about the hate crime bill. Topic: Aaron Alpern reports on the Executive Education Teton Institute. Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Brad Carroll, Fire Prevention Coordinator of the state about fire prevention.
Laramie, Wy – The state and federal No Call lists are having an effect. A recent survey says most people on the lists have seen a reduction in the number of telemarketing calls they receive. And Special Assistant Wyoming Attorney General, Mark Moran, says his office is not getting many complaints about violations of the law and he says con artists are also changing their behavior using the Internet for scams instead of telemarketing.
Jackson, Wy – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says a proposal to realign the highway over Togwotee Pass would harm wildlife more than the existing route. The agency is planning a seven-year project to rebuild U-S Highway 26-287 between Dubois and Grand Teton National Park. The project would cost an estimated 125 (M) million dollars. Game and Fish Deputy Director Bill Wichers says a proposed new route at Rosie's Ridge would cut through dense forest that provides cover for elk and moose.
Sheridan Wy – Governor Freudenthal is proposing to suspend the sales tax on utilities for as long as two years. Freudenthal says natural gas rates threaten to soar by as much as 70 percent over the next several months. He proposed the "tax holiday" during the Wyoming Fall Hospitality and Tourism Summit in Sheridan. Freudenthal says his office is studying how a tax break would affect utility companies and customers.
Cheyenne, Wy – With Gas and other utility prices expected to skyrocket this winter the Wyoming Public Service Commission wants people to be prepared. P-S-C Chairman Steve Furtney says the market is driving costs up and there is little anyone can do. Furtney says costs will rise by 25 to 50 percent this winter. Furtney is urging all residents to conserve, but people on fixed incomes should be able to find some assistance. He says a variety of programs can be found through the Department of Family Services website, or by contacting your local senior center.