Sheridan, WY – A Casper Senator is suggesting Wyoming adopt the so-called "English Rule" to deal with medical malpractice damage awards. Senator Charles Scott's proposal is among about 50 ideas being hammered out in a Sheridan committee meeting to prepare for the special legislative session. Scott says "English Rule" calls for losers in a lawsuit to pay the attorney's costs for the winner. He says the program has worked well in Great Britain. But Scott says his idea would cut into attorney's earnings, so trial lawyers are violently opposed to it.
Santa Fe, New Mexico – The Western Governors' Association has approved a resolution calling for the West to capitalize on its diverse and abundant resources of renewable energy. That ranges from solar and wind power to geothermal and biomass. The group is wrapping up a three-day meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, today (Tuesday). The governors want to develop 30-thousand megawatts of so-called clean energy in the West by 2015 and increase the energy use efficiency by 20 percent by 2020.
Cheyenne, Wy – Even though a lot of rain has been falling on Wyoming over the past week, the state's foresters and firefighters aren't nearly ready to say the threat of wildfires has lessened. Fog, mist and rain has made much of Wyoming seem more like the Pacific Northwest. Nearly two inches of precipitation has fallen on much of the state over the past week. But the forecast calls for more of what has become the norm -- warm, dry weather. And State Forester Bill Crapser is worried that, if anything, the danger of wildfires will increase.
Cheyenne, Wy – Look for the Bureau of Land management to start using Best Management Practices in Wyoming oil and gas drilling operations. Interior Department Assistant Secretary Rebecca Watson told a minerals audience in Cheyenne that the new policy initiative is to ask B-L-M offices to consider best management practices in all Applications for Permits to Drill.
Laramie, WY – The latest batch of kittens born to a reintroduced Colorado lynx have been found in Wyoming. The kittens were found in the Snowy Range mountains west of Laramie. The discovery is the latest sign the Colorado lynx recovery program is taking hold after a shaky start in 1999. 20 kittens have been discovered this year, up from the 16 found last year. Biologists aren't surprised that a lynx made a den in Wyoming. They've tracked radio-collared lynx roaming more than 200 miles from southwestern Colorado into southern Wyoming.