Jackson, WY – Conservation groups are criticizing the opening of more than 100 thousand acres in the Bridger-Teton National Forest for gas leasing. Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance staff attorney Tom Darin says the decision to open the forest to leasing is out of touch with the public's values for its national forests. But forest officials say any drilling proposal would be saddled with stringent environmental regulations. Bridger-Teton Deputy Supervisor Brent Larson also points out that issuing a lease does not necessarily result in drilling.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming officials are moving forward with designs for both a new medium security prison and site location evaluations. The Department of Corrections has hired two firms to move forward with the project. Department Spokeswoman Melinda Brazzale says they are anxious to get moving, so they can start working on bringing 550 inmates back to the state. The Wyoming inmates were transferred because of the lack of prison space.
Wyoming – Republican and Democratic candidates for the U.S. House race will face off in the first of this election season's candidate forums, Tuesday, August 3 at 7 pm, on Wyoming Public Television in Primary Focus - Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives. The live debates will be simulcast on Wyoming Public Radio.
Riverton, WY – A loss of potential traditional-aged students has prompted Central Wyoming College officials to consider bringing back women's volleyball in 2005. C-W-C Vice President for Academic Services J.D. Rottweiler says budget concerns led the college to drop men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball in 1991. The Riverton school's only sport currently is rodeo. Rottweiler says officials believe Central Wyoming College can compete instantly in women's vollyeball with local student athletes.
Cheyenne, WY – Last year, some businesses that wanted money from Wyoming to help train employees could not get it. That's because the Workforce Development Training Fund ran out of money in November. Now there is cash available, but businesses seeking the money will have to meet some new requirements. Fund administrators Glenna Campagnaro says those rules were put in place to save money and improve the program. She says they better spell out what kinds of traning activities can be funded.
Casper, Wyoming – A democratic candidate for congress is touting an energy policy that is not totally focused on oil and natural gas. John Henley released a proposed plan that includes conservation, more funding for clean coal technology and similar innovative programs, and a balanced approach. Henley says they must be both concerned about the environment and development.
Washington, D.C. – A National Parks advocacy group says the history of the Plains Indians is not being adquately told at the Fort Laramie National Historic site. The National Parks Conservation Association says the "whole, difficult story" about the U-S government and American Indians must be told at Fort Laramie because it's the place where important parts of the story took place. The group recommends the National Park Service establish relationship with tribes that were affected by the fort, in particular the Ft. Laramie treaties of 1851 and 1868.
Labarge, WY – Exxonmobil is in the process of upgrading its natural gas processing facility near the western Wyoming town of Labarge. The energy giant says it will spend about $400 million environmental improvements. Exxonmobil Spokeswoman Charlotte Howard says they are building a co-generation facility that will make the entire plant self-sustaining in regard to electricity. Howard says this should also reduce overall emissions from the Labarge facility. The co-generation facility that will supply Exxonmobil with its own electricity could also help locally.