Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's Homeland Security Director isn't worried about any changes to how the federal government doles out Homeland Security funding. Joe Moore believes no matter what the set up, Wyoming will have enough money to continue improvings the capabilities of first responders. The state's $38.00 per capita level of funding has rankled many in larger states. But Moore doubts efforts to change the funding formula will result in Wyoming getting shortchanged. He notes there is additional funding available to big cities.
Laramie, WY – Entrepreneurs in Wyoming are putting a positive spin on the challenge of operating in the least populated state in the country. Some say it makes them unique while others note Wyoming is home to major transportation routes. Business consultant Sandra Robnett says entrepreneurs can succeed by looking at national and international markets. An entreprenuer who started two computer companies in Laramie does have some criticisms. Brooks Mitchell says the state should invest more in high tech resources and make them available to entrepreneurs.
Casper, WY – Wyoming's three candidates for U-S House squared off in a debate in Casper Sunday afternoon. Democrat Ted Ladd promoted his enthusiasm and potential. Libertarian Lewis Stock said he could offer fresh ideas. Five-term incumbent Republican Baraba Cubin pointed to her experience and knowledge. Over the course of an hour, the trio discussed the Patriot Act, found some common ground on federal lands, sparred over federal spending and argued over the war in Iraq.
Riverton, Wy – Opponents of placing a medium security prison in Riverton are hoping to have enough signatures to get the issue placed on the ballot next week. The Fremont County Coalition to Stop the Medium Security Prison wants citizens to vote on whether they want the prison to be placed in the county. Meanwhile, they are also working to get the Fremont County Commissioners to reverse course and pull support from the effort. Riverton officials see the prison as a way to create more jobs in the community.
Laramie, Wyoming – The University of Wyoming was one of 56 stops across the country this week by the International Caravan for Justice in Juarez and Chihuahua. The Caravan is traveling across the US to educate people about the hundreds of unsolved murders and thousands of unsolved disappearances in the cities along the United States-Mexico border. Mari Lou Andrade, a spokesperson for the Caravan for Justice, spoke to a crowd at the University of Wyoming about the need for support from Americans in bringing these crimes to light. Andrade's sister was one of the victims.
Washington, DC – Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi was among a group of congressmen who received flu shots two days after federal officials announced a shortage of the vaccine. Several lawmakers turned down a chance for a flu shot to avoid the appearance of preferential treatment. Enzi's spokesman says the Senate physician recommended the flu shot, as did Senate Majority Leader and doctor, Bill Frist. Senator Craig Thomas of Wyoming also received a flu shot, but his spokesman says Thomas got it several days before the shortage was announced. Representative Barbara Cubin did not receive a shot.
Laramie, Wy – The new cost estimates for installing sprinkler systems in student housing at the state's seven community colleges is now just under three million dollars. The Wyoming Community College Commission and the state Fire Marshal's office have been studying sprinkler costs in residence halls since a March 30 fire gutted a dorm at Northwest College. The college commission plans to submit a supplemental budget request for the work.