Farson, Wy – A rancher and veterinarian is joining the race for Wyoming's lone congressional seat. Marvin Applequist the 2nd says he wants to be elected to represent the more rural elements of the state. Applequist says one issue he would watch carefully is government spending. Applequist will run as a Republican.
Cheyenne, Wy – Months ago, national fire managers predicted the 2004 wildfire season would be a bad one. Now, they're changing their forecast: It's going to be worse. With unseasonably warm temperatures in March and April, the potential loss of heavy air tankers for safety reasons, and a years-long drought continuing, Western states and the federal government are grimly facing the possibility of another devastating fire season. Years of drought have left states across the West vulnerable to extreme fire conditions.
Indianapolis, IN – Rulon Gardner will be heading back to the Olympic Games. Gardner won a pair of tight 2-to-1 overtime decisions over top-seeded Dremiel Byers Sunday to secure the return trip to the Olympics. The Afton native was the 2000 Greco-Roman super heavyweight gold medalist at the Sydney Games. Gardner thought going to the Olympics was an impossible goal after losing a toe to frostbite when he was stranded in a Wyoming blizzard on a snomobile in early 2002. He's had to adjust to wrestling without the balance and leverage he lost when his toe was removed.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming trustees have agreed to continue looking at a proposal for a new 27-hole golf course and residential housing development behind Jacoby Golf. It would add a 3 million dollar clubhouse, a nine million dollar golf course and a million and half in other structures. University of Wyoming President Phil Dubois says it should have a positive cash flow in five years. Area banker and Laramie Economic Development Council member Gary Negich says it could be a tremendous boost to Laramie's economy.
Laramie, Wy – Beer could now be on the menu along with burgers and fries at some local fast-food joints and convenience stores in Green River. The City Council has given final approval to an amendment that allows fast-food restaurants and drug and convenience stores to apply for liquor licenses. The city has three retail liquor licenses still available. An unlimited number of restaurant liquor licenses exist. Each request will still require the City Council's approval.
Cheyenne, WY – State officials are urging residents to use pesticides properly and report any missing supplies in light of a recent string of dog poisonings in northwestern Wyoming. At least 21 dogs in Wyoming and Idaho have been sickened or killed since March. The dogs ate hot dogs filled with the insecticide Temik, a granular substance that looks like black table salt. Wyoming Department of Agriculture officials says the insecticide is used to control nematodes in Wyoming's surgar beet fields. Investigators believe the poisoned hot dogs were meant for wolves, not pets.
Laramie – Add an Albany County prosecutor's name to the list of those who want some enhanced drunk driving laws. It stems from an incident that occurred in Laramie last fall. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has the details.