Laramie, Wy – Alert workers at the state's mail processing center in Cheyenne intercepted a suspicious letter Friday that appeared rigged with matches set to ignite when opened. A letter was addressed to Governor Dave Freudenthal. The governor's press secretary says it had a return address from the same maximum-security prison in Nevada that was the apparent source of other suspicious letters to other governors nationwide. The state's Central Mail Office is located outside the Capitol grounds in Cheyenne.
Laramie, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management's office in Buffalo is losing several staff members at the end of the month. The office is working to issue at least three-thousand coal-bed methane gas well permits before October first. Assistant Field Manager Richard Zander says the workload and pressure to get them done is partly to blame for the sudden turnover of key employees at the office.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Arapaho Tribe has told the Governor that they don't intend to pay for their portion of a Tribal Liaison. The Tribe says its because they can no longer afford its portion because of what it has to pay for Social Service expenses. In a letter to tribal leader Burton Hutchinson, Governor Dave Freudenthal says the position will disappear unless the Arapaho tribe pays its share of the cost for the liaison. The Shoshone tribe has paid its portion. Freudenthal says without an agreement, the position will cease to exist at the end of October.
Cheyenne, WY – Governor Freudenthal has not received any booby-trapped mail that arrived in at least five other chief executive offices in neighboring states Thursday. The envelopes were sent to the governors of Montana, Idaho, Washington, Utah and Nebraska. In some cases, the mail was opened by staffers, igniting a match inside. There were no reports of injuries. The letters appeared to have come from a maximum-security prison in Ely, Nevada. Freudenthal's Press Secretary says nothing suspicious had arrived at the Governor's office.
Lander, WY – The wife of a school superintendent killed in a rock slide has been named to replace him. Michelle Stewart Hoffman takes over for her husband, Lonny, as head of Wyoming Indian Schools. Lonny Hoffman died August 13th while hiking in the Wind River Mountains. Fremont County School District Number 14 Assistant Superintendent Dan Hudson says Hoffman knows the Wyoming Indian community and students well as was the best candidate for the job.
Cheyenne, Wy – State officials intercepted a letter intended for Governor Dave Freudenthal that is similar to ones received by several other Governors. The letters were designed to ignite when opened. Employees in the State's central mail office noticed the suspicious letter; they x-rayed it and after noting suspicious materials inside the White Business size envelope, contacted law enforcement authorities. Wyoming's Homeland Security Office used a robot to remove the letter.
Laramie, Wy – The Albany County Clerk says if there is support for a special election in Laramie on the smoking ban she won't be able to run it November second. That's the date of the federal and state general election. Jackie Gonzalez says she let the city know about her decision in a letter. The special election could happen on November second but the city have to run it; this would require Laramie to rent voting machines. Gonzalez says she could run the special election if it was done on a different date.
Douglas, WY – The U-S Department of Energy has given Wyoming a grant to promote geothermal energy. The hope is more people will tap into this renewable energy source. The Converse Area New Development Organization is adminstering the grant and Business Development Director Ed Werner says the sources of reneable energy is most applicable in Wyoming. He says it can be used to both cool and heat homes and Hot Springs county has great potential for geothermal development.
Cheyenne, WY – Four environmental groups plan to file suit over a decision not to list the Bonneville cutthroat trout under the Endangered Species Act. The Biodiversity Legal Foundation sought to list the species in 1998 and the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service announced in 2001 it would not list the Bonneville cutthroat. The four groups filed a 60 day notice of intent to use the government, claiming the Bonneville cutthroat inhabits less than 10 percent of its former range. The Bonneville cutthroat is Utah's state fish.
Laramie, Wy – This week the Laramie City Council approved a ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and private clubs. Now an opposition group is trying to overturn the ordinance. Joe Hageman is a member of the organization. He says they just started a petition drive to get the issue on the ballot in November. Hageman says he believes it will end up on the ballot and the people will overturn the vote of the council.