Laramie, Wy – A complaint has been filed contesting the city-wide vote approving of a ban on public smoking in Laramie. The complaint by six Laramie residents was filed last Friday in Albany County District Court. It names the city council and city clerk. It seeks to have the ordinance struck down because of failure to comply with law governing special elections and referendums. The ordinance, which passed by 366 votes in the November second election, prohibits smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.
Laramie, Wy – A spending bill approved by Congress contains millions of dollars for projects in Wyoming. The measure provides two-point-six million dollars to build a new courthouse at Yellowstone, and nearly ten million to restore the Old Faithful Inn, which marked its 100th anniversary this year. Yellowstone also will get a million dollars for snowcoaches, which transport tourists in the winter.
Topic: Congress approved a major spending bill that included funding for highway projects that will improve the state of Wyoming; Guest: Del McOmie, Chief Engineer for the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
Topic: Aaron Alpern reports on the what the Wyoming Game and Fish Department found with the chronic wasting disease this year.
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Plan Cheyenne Project Manager, Matt Ashby about the comprehensive planning process.
Laramie, Wy – A federal judge has consolidated lawsuits by the Wyoming Wolf Coalition and the state of Wyoming. The lawsuits aim to force the federal government to accept the state's plan for managing gray wolves once they are off the endangered list. Governor Freudenthal had been concerned the Wolf coalition's efforts would prolong the court battle. But if the consolidation of the lawsuits does not delay court proceedings, Freudenthal says he's O-K with that.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming farmers are helping create an alternative to foreign oil. Some crops are being used in biodiesel. It is made from vegetable oil and can run in any diesel engine. Blue Sun Biodiesel, based in Colorado distributes a blend that is made of 20 percent biodiesel. The director of the company, John Long, says it is available in Colorado and New Mexico, but they want to open pumps in Wyoming.
Wyoming – Today at the Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver Lance Corporal Kyle Burns will be (was) laid to rest. He is the tenth soldier or marine with ties to Wyoming to die in action since 2001.Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay has this remembrance.
Laramie, WY – Lance Corporal Kyle Burns from Laramie will be buried at Ft. Logan National Cemetary in Denver. A memorial was held for Burns Thursday and several hundred people packed a gymnasium on the University of Wyoming to celebrate his life. Burns was killed in Iraq on Veteran's Day. He was 20 years old and is the 10th Wyoming member of the Armed Forces to die in combat since 2001.
Cheyenne, WY – A livestock marketing spokesman says the meat industry is in limbo while testing is done on the possible second mad cow disease case in the US. After the first mad cow case 11 months ago, Japan and more than three dozen other countries placed restrictions on US beef, hurting export sales and the farm economy. State agriculture officials say the animal in question did not come from Wyoming. Officials in five other states have said the same thing.
Lander, WY – Campbell County rancher Justin Edwards currently is facing the prospect of a quarantine on his cattle herd until August of 2005. The quarantine was put in place when brucellosis was supposedly found in Edwards' herd. But the state believes there were mistake made in the lab and that's why the two cows tested positive. And State Veterinarian Dwayne Oldham this week sent a letter asking the federal government to release the quarantine early. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is agency that will decide whether to release the herd is.