Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal doesn't expect any big changes despite Democrats losing four state legislative seats Tuesday. Freudenthal expects to have the same relationship he's always had with the Republican-dominated legislature. He says it's not like the Democrats had been the majority party and now are no longer. Freudenthal says legislative Democrats typically held their own positions on issues that sometimes differed from his.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming Department of Transportation Director Sleeter Dover hopes to seek funding in the next legislative session to hire ten additional Highway Patrol Troopers. Noting the Highway Patrol is short about 110 officers, Dover says he'd like to getr up to full strength over the next decade. He says his agency couldn't recruit 110 officers right away and if they did, they wouldn't have the money to train and equip them. Governor Dave Freudenthal agrees with the concept of adding ten additional officers.
Laramie, Wy – The National Park Service has released its long awaited plan on Snowmobile Use in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. A study of the plan revealed no significant impact. It allows 720 guided snowmobiles a day into Yellowstone and 140 Snowmobiles in Grand Teton. It also requires the use of the best available technology and will be in effect for three years. The Deputy Director of the Wyoming Travel and Tourism Division Alan Dubberly says they are pleased to have a final plan, so they can begin advertising.
Laramie, Wy – The Game and Fish Department has a new proposal that would establish a boundary for grizzly bear habitat in the state. This would go into effect after Wyoming takes over management of grizzlies after federal protections are removed. But, several conservation groups wrote to the Game and Fish opposing this plan. The Wyoming Outdoor Council's Meredith Taylor says bears should be allowed to move anywhere they can survive. Taylor says Montana does not have boundaries for grizzly habitat and that is best way to foster the recovery of the species.
Topic: The National Park Service has released its plan on Snowmobile Use in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks; Guest: Alan Dubberly, Deputy Director of the Wyoming Travel and Tourism Division.
Topic: Thoughts of local voters about the elections.
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Kim Ibac about a program to help students learn history.
Cheyenne, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal is surprised and delighted about the mixed results of four constitutional amendments on Tuesday's ballot. Citizens voted down constitutional amendments A and D and passed B and C, although C is headed for a recount. C would let the legislature set up a medical review panel to week out frivolous malpractice lawsuits. Freudenthal hopes it survives the recount. As for the defeat of D, which would have allowed the capping of non-economic damages, Freudenthal says the public wants a different approach.
Cheyenne, WY – Losing a city council race is a distinct possibility for those who try to make things happen. That's the assessment of Wyoming Association of Municipalities Director George Parks, who watched several incumbents and even some of his board members lose races. Laramie citizens voted out all the incumbents, but Parks says that's just part of the game. He says when councilmen make tough decisions, such as raising water rates, they risk losing re-election bids. Parks says people pay much closer attention to city councils because they impact the most people.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming voters turned out for yesterday's (Tuesday) general election in numbers not seen in the last 26 years. The Secretary of State's office counted 245-thousand-646 voters unofficially statewide. That is 65 percent of the residents who are eligible to vote in the state. Since 1978, the next highest turnout of eligible voters was 63 percent in the 1992 general election. Secretary of State Joe Meyer says yesterday's election turnout exceeded the number of registered voters in the state because
Laramie, Wy – Unofficial results from the Secretary of State's office has two of the four constitutional amendments passing and two failing. Voters rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have let lawmakers consider limiting jury awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice lawsuits, but backed a companion measure aimed at weeding out frivolous lawsuits. Unofficial tallies show the caps Amendment "D" failed outright, with 114,829 votes yes and 118,090 votes against. The
Lararmie, Wy – This afternoon the interim city manager in Laramie announced that unofficially voters supported the smoking ban ordinance. About 12 thousand people cast ballots and the yes side won by 360 votes. Mayor Fred Homer was defeated in the election, but says the result of the special election is the best news he's heard in days and he's eager that people that have not been able to go into certain establishments because of the smoking will be able to go soon.