Casper, WY – Last month, a pair of Canadian companies acquired a number of uranium-rich Wyoming properties. Prices for uranium have increased from about ten dollars a pound to over 20 dollars. Wyoming Mining Association Director Marion Loomis says demand is also growingt because foreign countries are exporting less uranium. Loomis believes these factors could lead to a resurgence in the state's uranium industry. He expects to see new uranium operations or old ones start up again. But Loomis says it will not be a return to the large mines and large employment of the 1970's and 80's.
Washington, D.C. – Some in Congress are eyeing an Oklahoma law in order to stem the nationwide methamphetamine epidemic. Oklahoma's law regulates pseudo-ephedrine, which is found in most over the counter cold medicines. That ingredient is used to manufacture methamphetamin. Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas is unsure if adopting Oklahoma's law nationwide will solve the state's methamphetamine problem. Thomas says the solution involved schools, churches, law enforcement and communities.
Casper, WY – A decision to leave the Martin's Cove historic site to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is being appealed. The appeal of the Bureau of Land Management decision to lease the site was filed by the Alliance for Historic Wyoming. The group contends the church will not pay enough money for the lease because the appraised value of the land is too low. L-D-S Stake President Lloyd Larsen says he believes the church's position is "easily defensible," and the appraisal was part of the process in working out the lease.
Laramie, Wy – Over Thanksgiving weekend last year the Highway Patrol investigated no fatal accidents and Sergeant Stephen Townsend hopes that happens again this year. He says there will be troopers out keeping a close eye on highways across the state. Specifically they will be looking to prevent speeding and drug and alcohol driving related infractions, which they do normally, but he says they will focus this weekend on vehicles on I-80. Townsend says drivers should be cautious as there will be a high volume of traffic on all roads in Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – The spokesperson for the Northern Arapaho Tribe says a decision by a federal court of appeals allows them to put any type of game into the casino on the Wind River Reservation. Mark Howell says negotiations with the state are over now. State Attorney General, Pat Crank, says they hope to negotiate with the tribe again, but he says this decision does have serious implications, the opening of a full scale casino. He says this would be the first casino to open here in modern history.
Laramie, Wy – Kinder Morgan will soon be raising its so called pass on rates starting December first. It is the latest in a list of Natural gas providers in the state raising their rates. Wyoming Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman says this could have a heavy impact on consumers when colder weather hits, especially those with fixed or lower incomes. Freeman says their are agencies that provide assitance for heat bills and he urges consumers to take advatage of such programs. Freeman says the good news is that this is probably the last major increase for awhile.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Community College Commission has hired a new executive director. It is former Laramie Legislator and Mayor Jim Rose. The former U-W Professor is currently Dean of the Santa Rosa Junior College in California. Rose begins the job on February 2nd and will earn 97-thousand dollars a year.