Washington D-C – Republican Wyoming Congresswoman Barbara Cubin is part of a growing list of GOP house members who intend to vote against the Central America Free trade Agreement. Cubin fears that it would negatively impact Sugar Beet Growers in Wyoming. CAFTA is strongly supported by President Bush, but although Cubin normally votes with the President, she won't this time, because the impacts on Wyoming producers is too great. She says the biggest problem is that the bill has too many components, and she cannot support the entire package.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming's Governor and Senior Senator disagree over the effects of the new Roadless Rule released by the forest Service. Governors now have 18 months to propose changes to the Bush adminstrations adjustments of the Clinton era roadless rules. But Governor Dave Freudenthal thinks the offer does not amount to much, because the forest service can simply reject state input. He says the Forest Service maintains all the power.
Laramie, Wy – Lawyers were in court again Thursday in Laramie making last minute arguments about the referendum on the smoking ban. A full trial is scheduled for May 18th but attorneys on both sides appealed to the judge to rule in their favor and call off the trial. Janet Tyler represents a group of voters who say the election process was so flawed there needs to be another vote. Her main point is the language on the ballot did not conform to the law and that means there was not a single legal vote.
Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne's economic development organization says it had a successful meeting this week with a company looking at the community. Help Desk NOW wants to open a call center that would employ about 400 people. Company representatives got their first look at Wyoming's capital on Tuesday, and Cheyenne LEADS officials say the company was very positive about Cheyenne. LEADS says the challenge now for the community is to demonstrate that Cheyenne can meet the company's workforce needs.
Denver, Co – The Wyoming Outdoor Council and other groups are appealing a federal judge's 2003 decision that blocked the rule. The Bush administration declined to appeal, and wrote a new rule instead. It would require states to submit a petition before logging and other development could be banned in roadless areas. A lawyer for environmental groups argued today that the Bush administration's move to replace the rule jeopardizes the last pristine areas in the nation's forests.
Laramie, Wy – The events center in Campbell County is going to get much bigger. Tuesday voters approved a sales tax increase to pay for an addition to the Cam-Plex. The facility's general manager says the new building-- with an 80 thousand square foot room-- should open in 2007.
Denver, CO – Tuesday in Denver, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals looked at a case over whether gambling should be allowed on the Wind River Indian Reservation. And judges on the court said that Wyoming's gambling laws are so vague and confusing they might have to ask the Wyoming Supreme Court for clarification. A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit ordered the state to negotiate with the Northern Arapaho tribe on rules to operate a casino. The state was granted a rehearing before the full court after arguing that the three-judge panel misinterpreted state law.