Casper, Wy – A Democratic Congressional candidate is making a contract with Wyoming. Ted Ladd announced at a news conference that he does not support increasing the deficit without corresponding cuts. He will be present and voting on 90 percent of the votes cast on the floor of the house. Ladd also pledges to visit every Wyoming County each year. If not, Ladd says he will be willing to pay the price. He says he will donate five percent of his salary to a Wyoming charity if he does not live up to his promises.
Laramie, Wy – Debbie McLeland says it won't be easy to appear on stage with the man who was responsible for her son's death -- and seven others in a drunken driving crash three years ago. The Gillette woman will share a stage with Clint Haskins, who is serving 14 to 20 years in prison for the crash September 16th, 2001, that killed Morgan McLeland and seven other members of the University of Wyoming men's cross-country team. Haskins will be allowed to leave prison so he and Debbie McLeland can separately present their stories Tuesday at Gillette's Cam-plex.
Washington D-C – Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi introduced legislation that is similar to a bill passed in the state legislature. Called the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement act it is intended to get better information on health care errors. Senator Enzi says without it, Doctors will be afraid to talk about near misses and other problems. Enzi says this is one more reason why there needs to be an overhaul of the country's medical litigation system.
Laramie, Wy – The U-S Bureau of Land Management is asking the public to review a proposal from Questar. The company is asking to conduct limited year-round drilling, and build a 110-mile pipeline in western Wyoming. The proposal applies to a portion of Questar's leases which lie within big-game winter range near Pinedale. A public open house and meeting will be held July 29th at the Pinedale Volunteer Fire Department from 3 until 8 o'clock.
Yellowstone National Park – Sixteen people had to be rescued last night (Sunday) after mudslides bogged down three vehicles and stranded a fourth near the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The east entrance is closed and it doesn't look like it will be reopened any time soon. The two largest slides were ten feet deep and 90 yards long. Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash says thousands of cubic feet of debris will have to be removed. Besides that, the slides undercut part of the roadway and washed away guardrails.
Cheyenne, Wyoming – Wyoming legislators are pointing at a report to prove that lawmakers have taken the issues of school funding seriously. The Nelson A. Rockefeller institute of Government released a report saying that Wyoming had the second highest growth in per-pupil spending between 1997 and 2002. Senate President Hank Coe says the legislature has worked incredibly hard to fund schools. House Education Chairman Jeff Wasserburger adds that rising test scores validate the investment in students.
Laramie, Wy – A mudslide caused by torrential rain trapped 16 people in their vehicles in Yellowstone National Park Sunday. Spokesman Al Nash says no one's been injured. Workers were trying to free three vehicles from the mess, which has temporarily closed the park's east entrance. Nash says the slide occurred around eight p-m Sunday. As much as four feet of mud covers the east entrance road from Cub Creek to an area about seven miles from the park's eastern boundary.
Laramie, Wy – A male wolf that killed four cows southwest of Cody has been removed from its pack and destroyed. A female with pups was left behind. Federal wildlife officials are hoping the attacks on cattle in the area -- near Carter Mountain -- will stop. Five other wolves in the region have been removed this year. They included a male wolf in the Owl Creek range near Meeteetse, three wolves from the Washakie Pack near Dubois and another near Green River Lakes, all for cattle depredation.
Laramie, Wy – Now it is education officials who want to know the status of the school finance litigation case. A Coalition of Education groups have asked a District court to require the state to demonstrate its compliance with the mandate of the Supreme The legislature has had to provide each student with a quality education reguardless of where they live. The legislature was supposed to cost base its funding model. But Campbell County Superintendent Richard Strahorn doubts the cost based aspect has been resolved. He says that is what will keep the case in litigation.