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.
Laramie, Wy – Investigators have identified the cause of Wednesday's fire in the University of Wyoming's Biological Sciences Building. That fire caused about 150 thousand dollars in damage. The Laramie fire marshal says the cause was likely mechanical damage to a power strip. The fire started Wednesday evening and was controlled in about 35 minutes. A Professor says some research was destroyed, but the extent of the intellectual property losses is still being determined.
Laramie, Wy – The spring snow storm that hit Wyoming this week did result in one fatal car accident and the injury of a Highway Patrol Trooper. Thursday a 30 year old woman died when the S-U-V she was riding in slid off of I-25 northwest of Douglas. Sergeant Stephen Townsend with the Highway Patrol says Friday a trooper was assisting people that slid off of the highway south of Gillette when he was hit by the trailer of semi-truck, knocking him 40 feet. The driver did not stop at the point, but was pulled over and arrested closer to Gillette.
Cheyenne, Wy – A number of Cheyenne elementary students will tear down tobacco ads in four stores to take a stand on how tobacco is promoted in Cheyenne. The students from Henderson Elementary will tear down the ads in exchange for cleaning up and beautifying the stores. Maria Medina from the Laramie County Tobacco Prevention Project says it's difficult to get stores to get on board.
Laramie, Wy – The spring snow storm that hit Wyoming this week did result in one fatal car accident and the injury of a Highway Patrol Trooper. Thursday a 30 year old woman died when the S-U-V she was riding in slid off of I-25 northwest of Douglas. Sergeant Stephen Townsend with the Highway Patrol says Friday a trooper was assisting people that slid off of the highway south of Gillette when he was hit by the trailer of semi-truck, knocking him 40 feet. The driver of the truck did not stop though and was arrested near Gillette.
Laramie, Wy – Communities around the state are spreading out the celebrations of Earth Day. It is officially Friday but events marking the 35th anniversary of Earth Day will continue over the next week. In Jackson the Spring Earth Festival is underway and lasts until April 30th. In Laramie events have been going on all week and continue. University of Wyoming Environment and Natural Resource Club member, Joe Herbst says it is important to mark the anniversary to develop awareness about sustainability issues.