Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming Astronomers have discovered a ancient bundle of stars within the Milky Way. U-W Physics and Astronomy Professor Chip Kobulnicky says it was a collaborative effort using Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope and the University's Infrared Observatory. He says the new technology is helping them find new things all the time. Kobulnicky admits that they thought all the clusters had been found.
Gillette, WY – The state is making an effort to resolve the highly contentious issue of coal-bed methane discharge water management in the Powder River Basin. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is developing a new approach to issuing water discharge permits. The initiative is being designed with the hope that ever coal-bed methane permit won't be challenged by environmental groups or landowners when it goes to public notice.
Ft. Washakie, WY – Seventy people are running for the Arapaho Business Council on the Wind River Indian Reservation. That's rougly one of every 100 members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. The number also includes five council members seeking re-election. The top 12 candidates from the October 21st Primary will run in the November 18th General Election. Of those, six will be elected to the council. Four voting sites have been set up in Ethete, Thermopolis, Arapahoe and Fort Washakie.
Washington, D-C – Although it is not permanent, Wyoming residents who itemize tax returns will be able to get a tax break. It was part of a massive tax measure approved by congress. The issue was a big one for Representative Barbara Cubin who says she will continue working on the measure to make it last. But Cubin thinks it will save the average Wyoming taxpayer about 500 dollars.
Laramie, Wy – Torrington, Riverton and Rawlins are the three finalists for Wyoming's new prison. All three will now move to phase two where the communities will be looked at even more closely and issues ranging from livability to cost of construction will be considered. Department of Corrections Director Bob Lampert adds that a big issue will be both Health and Mental Health care. Lampert says they also want to gage the opposition to a prison coming to a particular community. The plan is to narrow the selection down to one and submit it to the legislature.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Department of Health will ask the state legislature for a 380% increase in funding for its' H-I-V/A-I-D-S program. The effort that assists patients with care and drug costs is running short of money and stopped accepting new patients this month. Care Coordinator Kurt Galbraith says this year was the first time the state put money into the program. Galbraith says it's unlikely the federal government will increase it's share, but he believes health officials have a reasonable chance to get extra money from the legislature.
Laramie, WY – University of Wyoming officials announced over the weekend that construction will begin next Spring on a nine-point-four million dollar business incubator. U-W President Phil Dubois says it's taken seven years to secure state and federal money for the project along with a one-point-six million dollar gift from the McMurry Foundation. Governor Dave Freudenthal says the Wyoming Business Technology Center has been urgently needed since the mid-1980's. He says Wyoming's fiscal picture enables the state to invest in such needed ideas.
Riverton, WY – The mother of a nurse killed at the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton is among those opposing a new medium-security prison for that Fremont county city. Prosecutors allege an inmate killed nurse Tammy Watts last April. Linda Hart says if they can't provide security at a minimum-security prison, how are officials going to provide security at a medium-security facility. Riverton is among several cities vying for the new prison.