Cheyenne, WY – A legislative committee has resurrected a bill that would change the way natural gas is valued for taxation. The measure was vetoed by Governor Freudenthal in 2003. The Governor said the measure expanded a tax deduction for companies that both produce and process natural gas. But supporters said it was designed to end litigation involving the state, counties and natural gas producers. The Joint Revenue Committee wants to take another look at the measure following testimony by the state's Revenue Department Director about problems with valuation.
Cheyenne, Wyoming – The Wyoming Supreme Court has a new justice. E. James Burke, a longtime Cheyenne attorney and judge, has been appointed to the state's highest court. Governor Freudenthal appointed Burke to replace Justice Larry Lehman who is retiring after ten years due to health concerns. Burke, who is 55, called it a "tremendous honor and challenge."
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming and seven Community Colleges are looking at developing better programs for dealing with underage drinking and excessive alcohol use. U-W's Aware program received a grant to develop the program. AWARE coordinator Eric Alexander says the best prevention programs actually focus on moderation. But he says there still needs to be an enforcement angle. The Wind River Tribal College will also participate. Alexander says the grant runs for about a year, then it is up to the individual colleges to develop their programs further.
Laramie, Wy – A Wyoming Marine Died Last Week In Iraq. Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Burns, 20, died Thursday in al-Anbar province, which includes the city of Fallujah, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday. Burns, the 10th soldier or Marine with Wyoming ties to die since 2001, was among four Marines based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., who died recently. Burns was assigned to the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, which is part of the 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
Laramie, Wyoming – A judge in El Paso, Texas, today (Monday) denied bail for a Wyoming college student accused of planning to fight with and supply a Somalian terrorist group. Nineteen-year-old Mark Robert Walker of Rochester, New York, is charged with attempting or conspiring to contribute goods or services to a specially designated global terrorist organization. Walker, who attended Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, is accused of planning to fight with and supply night vision goggles and bulletproof vests to a terrorist group.
Topic: The University of Wyoming and seven Community Colleges are looking at developing better programs for dealing with underage drinking and excessive alcohol use; Guest: Eric Alexander, AWARE coordinator.
Topic: Renny Mackay reports on the campaign finance reporting.
Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with Collin Simpson about the passage of the constitutional amendment C.
Cody, WY – The medical errors review panel voters approved by supporting Amendment C will take form over the next two months. Joint Judiciary Committee Co-chairman Colin Simpson says it could be smilar to a panel that existed in the 1980's to weed out frivolous malpactice cases. Simpson says he definitely wants to stay away from running a mini-trial with that panel. The old panel had two doctors, two lawyers and a lay person deciding the cases. Simpson says he'd like to hear from those that were on the panel or those that had worked with the panel to gather their opinions.
Lander, WY – An interim legislative committee has amended a split-estate bill by giving stronger standing to landowners who don't have title to the mineral rights below their land. The Joint Judiciary Committee took the action Friday in Lander despite warnings from members of another legislative committee not to make changes to the delicately crafted bill. Under the measure, oil and gas comapnies would have to notify surface owners of what they're going to do on the land and when they're going to to do it. There are no such legal requirements in Wyoming to do that at present.
Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming made two critical turnovers early and never made a game of it afer that as Utah hammered the Cowboys 45 to 28. Wyoming scored two douchdowns with under a minute to play to make the score appear respectable, but the Utes took it to the Pokes early. Wyoming defensive end Aaron Robbins says his team got into a hole and never got out. He says Utah is easily the best team the Cowboys have faced all year. But he's turned his attention toward New Mexico, knowing that a win guarantees the Cowboys a bowl game.