Topic: Later this month A-B-C's 20/20 program will air a story on the murder of Matthew Shepard where it will contend that it may not have been a hate crime; Guest: Lieutenant Rob Debree of the Albany County Sheriffs department.
Topic: Aaron Alpern speaks with Northern Arapahoe member who was recently elected to the Wyoming Legislature, Patrick Goggles.
Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with the Director of Blue Sun Bio-Diesel, John Long, about the state of a new energy source.
Cheyenne, Wy – While the state is making nearly 800 million dollars in revenue, the state is actually only able to pay its bills with money it made years earlier. The appropriations committee was told that carry over money---money that was saved from previous years is actually the money legislators are using to balance the budget. State Senator John Schiffer says that means that state revenues are not enough.
Laramie, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management has agreed to allow a company to drill on the Pinedale Anticline through the winter. Questar made a proposal to the B-L-M saying it would use several different techniques to cut down on the impact in the area all year round in exchange for the opportunity to drill during the winter. This is an issue because the Anticline is crucial winter habitat for deer and antelope.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Joint Appropriations committee has agreed to a slight adjustment in school salaries and will consider a proposal from the Superintendent of Public Instruction later. Trent Blankenship wants teachers to get a five thousand dollar pay hike, but the committee increased educators salaries by two point three percent. But they based the increase on cost of living data. This concerns Senator Jayne Mockler of Cheyenne who notes that Wyoming's cost of living increase is closer to five percent
Laramie, Wy – The city of Rawlins is offering water, sewer and landfill service to the Department of Corrections in exchange for inmate labor around the community. The proposal would save the state an estimated 200-thousand dollars a year in utility costs. The idea has been submitted as part of Rawlins' bid to get a medium-security prison built alongside the existing State Penitentiary. Under the proposal, inmates would work on landscaping, weed control, housing rehabilitation and general property maintenance.
Laramie, Wy – A statewide survey shows that nearly 70 percent of all restaurants in the state are smoke free compared to 46 percent in 2000. Park, Big Horn and Teton counties all exceed 80 percent while Weston county reports only 32 percent of its restaurants are smoke free. The Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center released the information. Assistant Research Scientist Marc Homer says that 91 percent of smoke Free restaurants are located in Teton County.
Billings, Mt – Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit over National Park Service plans to allow snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park for the next three winters. The groups say the government ignored the effect that roads groomed for snow machines have on wildlife, particularly bison. The complaint brought by The Fund for Animals, Bluewater Network and three individuals names Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Park Service Director Fran Mainella as defendants. The lawsuit was filed
ElPaso, Texas – Nineteen-year-old Mark Robert Walker of Rochester, New York, was nabbed while crossing into El Paso from Mexico. He faces a detention hearing Friday in El Paso. Walker is charged with providing support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. If convicted, Walker faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Walker was apprehended Saturday by a U-S agent -- based on an alert describing him and his car. The feds were made aware of Walker after his roommate at Wyoming
Laramie, Wy – So, far in Wyoming there has only been one reported case of the flu. That's the word of Department of Health epidemiologist, Nicole Lindsey. She says they still do not have any indication of when the flu season will begin in earnest in Wyoming because influenza is so unpredictable; sometimes starting early in the winter and other times not until February.