Laramie, Wy – The governor says a decision by the Northern Arapahoe is forcing him to shut down the Tribal Liaison position in his office after one year. The position requires 25 thousand dollars a year from both tribes and the Northern Arapahoe Business Council decided not to pay its share, saying it had to spend the money to provide social services on the reservation after a contract dispute with the state. Governor Dave Freudenthal says this was not a good decision and he hoped the tribe would not give up on the position after one disagreement.
Jackson, Wyo – A U-S Forest Service employee says two people -- including a Wyoming man -- survived the crash of an airplane that earlier was reported to have claimed five lives. Forest Service employee Ed Lieser says Jodee Hogg of Billings, Montana, and Matthew Ramidge of Jackson Hole, Wyoming walked away from Monday afternoon's crash. They were picked up this afternoon and flown to a Kalispell hospital. Flathead National Forest spokeswoman Denise Germann says Ramidge was then flown to Harborview hospital in Seattle for burn
Casper, WY – The U-S Bureau of Land Management may issue a final decision next month on leasing Martin's Cove the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The site about 55 miles southwest of Casper is considered hallowed ground by the Church. In 1856, a company of Mormon pioneers were trapped by an early winter storm there and many died. Congress has already authorized the lease, but some have questioned the deal.
Moose, WY – Grand Teton National Park officials want to rehabilitate an historic dude ranch to turn it into a facility that will teach others how to preserve historic log structures across the west. The White Grass Ranch west of Moose was active as a dud ranch up until the 1950's. Park spokeswoman Joan Anzelmo says the park's preferred alternative is to rehabilitative three of the ranch's 13 structures to be used as the training facility. She says, eventually, those students would rehabilitate the rest of the ranch.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's Congresswoman predicts that politics and the upcoming election will keep Congress from approving an energy policy this year. Representative Barbara Cubin says it does not look like the issue will be resolved before Congress adjourns. Cubin says that's too bad because the country needs to take a stand the public understands. She says there are only a few issues, primarily tax credits, that need to be resolved.
Laramie, Wy – A national independent polling group predicts the presidential election will be very close, but not in Wyoming. The American Research Group polled Wyoming this month and found that 65 percent of likely voters support President Bush, 29 percent of those polled say they support John Kerry with two percent going for Ralph Nader and three percent undecided.
Gillette, Wyoming – A Gillette man thinks he has painted the largest mural in the country and perhaps the world. Artist Harvey Jackson, along with some help from community members, painted the mural in Gillette. If focuses on the top businesses in Gillette. Jackson says there is a larger mural in the east, but that is made up of multiple pictures. Jackson says they will unveil it in a ceremony Thursday night. But he is not prepared to say he is done with it, saying that he plans to add to it in coming years.