Laramie, WY – N-C-A-A rules will require that the University of Wyoming football team average 15-thousand fans per home game starting this season. If not, U-W could lose its Division One football status, which in turn could mean the University would have to leave the Mountain West Conference. Athletic Director Gary Barta admits it's a concern, but he has started a campaign to try to average 20 thousand fans per game. Barta says the first objective is obvious: a winning team. But he's working to make sure War Memorial Stadium is the place to be on Saturdays.
Laramie, Wy – On the Republican side of the race for Wyoming's seat in Congress, State Senator Cale Case says he is the candidate who will best protect the constitution. At a press conference Thursday he said incumbent Barbara Cubin has not done a good job upholding citizens' rights.
Cody, WY – The success of summer flights between Cody and Denver apparently has United Airlines ready to sign on for winter service. The consultant for the Cody Yellowstone Air Service Organization says his group and the airline have agreed to a contract and United should sign it by the end of the week. Rick Wilder says both sides saw summer traffic was better than expected and want to use that momentum to re-establish 12 month service to Denver.
Laramie, Wy – The state Game and Fish Department will be able to do more monitoring of elk and other ungulates thanks to federal money. Wyoming just received 200 thousand dollars to prepare for wolf management and the Game and Fish's John Emmerich says they will put a lot of the funds towards surveillance. He says right now they monitor every three years, but now they'll fly over elk herds every year to see what impact wolves are having on birth rates and survival.
Laramie, Wy – Efforts to develop more research at the University of Wyoming continue to be successful. U-W Vice President for Research Bill Gern says U-W researchers have brought in over 61 million dollars from a variety of areas. Gern says this means a lot for the state as a whole, especially economically. Gern adds that they are also getting some state support and have been able to set up some research operations to assist the state with a variety of projects.
Laramie, WY – Despite hearing from several bar owners that a proposed ordinance was unfair and would hurt their businesses, the Laramie City Council gave first reading support to make Laramie buildings smoke-free. While several supporters called it a health issue, many bar owners objected. Among them was Dwight Rowell, who owns The Library. While he made his restaurant smoke-free, Rowell objects to being forced to make his bar smoke-free. He says it's his decision whether he loses money or not allowing smokers in his bar, not city government's.
Cheyenne, Wy – Ever since the state has taken over the funding of school buildings, gyms are being built smaller and projects like swimming pools have been denied. It has concerned community leaders who use school facilities for their residents. In an effort to find some middle ground, Governor Dave Freudenthal is proposing that local governments get funding to help pay for community centers, by providing financial help for those communities with a need for the development of community facilities.
Riverton, WY – Only two of the three Democrats seeking Wyoming's lone seat in Congress were on hand for Tuesday night's debate. Al Hamburg of Torrington didn't attend, but Casper attorney John Henley and Wilson business consultant Ted Ladd's discussion centered a lot around energy. Ladd says when energy decisions are made on federal lands, there needs tro be more focus on multiple use principles. Ladd believes "big oil" is threatening recreation, hunting and other activities.
Riverton, Wyoming – The four Republicans vying for Wyoming's lone seat in the U-S House talked about health care, the deficit, how the federal government can help Wyoming and other issues. Three candidates often crowded one another as they tried to get their views out. Bruce Asay, a Cheyenne attorney, and Cale Case, a state senator from Lander, traded their thoughts on the deficit and other issues while criticizing Cubin, who defended her voting record.