Laramie, Wy – Officials are discussing how to proceed with enhanced oil recovery. Because of high gas prices, the need for more oil has become even greater. And with oil prices at very high levels, there is also a lot of money to be made. State Geologist Ron Surdam says Wyoming's efforts in enhanced oil recovery have the potential to be a boon to developers. " All you have to do is get the Carbon Monoxide out of the atmosphere in one form or another and inject it in these old oil fields.
Cheyenne, Wy – The U.S. Postal Service has installed anthrax-detection equipment at its mail distribution center in Cheyenne. Al DeSarro is a Postal Service spokesman in Denver. He says such equipment is being installed at 283 mail processing sites nationwide over two years. About 100 sites already have operational anthrax-detection equipment. The Cheyenne Mail Processing and Distribution Center is one of the first facilities in the Rocky Mountain region to get the
Laramie, Wy – The state of Wyoming is appealing a judge's decision to dismiss its lawsuit over wolf management. The suit was in response to the federal government rejecting Wyoming's proposal for controlling wolves. A District Court judge dismissed that lawsuit saying the federal government was not making a final action when it rejected the proposal. Attorney General Pat Crank continues to disagree and says they have a case.
Casper, WY – Organizers say an effort to attract new workers to Casper has gotten off to a good start. The Casper Star Tribune and the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance are the sponsors of Casper Works. CAEDA President Chris Manegold says newspaper advertising in several states is directing prospective workers to a website that got 1,600 hits in February. Manegold says the majority of visitors to the Casper Works website come from the targeted markets in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. But he says there have been visitors from as far away as Alaska, Delaware, and Alabama.
Cheyenne, WY – A report by Government Magazine ranks Wyoming in the bottom five on how well state government functions. In the magazine's report, Wyoming was one of three states, along with Hawaii and New Hampshire, to get an overall grade of C. Only Alabama and California did worse. A Government Magazine reporter says what struck him about Wyoming's state government was its lack of planning to replace workers who are expected to retire within the next five years.
Topic: Wolf management lawsuit between the state and federal government.
Topic: Aaron Aplern speaks with Chris Manegold, President and CEO of the Casper Area Economic Development Alliance about Wyoming's economic situation in regard to the number of people to fill jobs and what Casper is doing about the situation.
Topic: National Interagency Fire Center and the upcoming wild fire season; Guest: Keith Hockenberry, Predictive Services.
Laramie, Wy – Health officials report that four-point-five million doses of flu vaccine went unsold this year. That's on the heels of the highly publicized shortage of flu shots. The State Health Officer, Doctor Brent Sherard, says there is not a surplus of vaccines here. He says that's partly due to the fact that he was adamant about allowing the general public to get a vaccine after the high priority people had a chance to get a shot. Sherard says he thinks almost everyone in Wyoming that wanted a shot got one. He says they also sold some vaccine to other states.
Laramie, Wy – There are indications that the U-S cattle industry is entering an expansion phase. But University of Wyoming Ag Marketing Specialist Chris Bastian says he expects prices probably will remain strong for at least the next two years. Beef prices have been among the highest in recent memory. He says slaughter steer and slaughter heifer prices will probably remain at about last year's levels. Calf prices also should remain solid, although Bastian estimated
Laramie, Wy – Riverton schools will no longer sell pop or candy. The Riverton school board decided to remove vending machines with junk food from public schools within the next year and replace them with juice, milk and nutritional snack vending machines. The only beverages allowed for sale on school grounds on a regular basis will be milk, water, and 100 percent fruit juices. Candy will be replaced with nutrient-dense foods such as whole grain snacks, fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.