Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Freudenthal has an invitation to this week's Democratic National Convention in Boston, but he's not attending because he says the timing of it is horrible. Freudenthal says he and his wife, Nancy, have long been committed to support Cheyenne Frontier Days this week. Then on Saturday, they plan to be in Rock Springs for several events including the Red Desert Roundup parade and a cattle drive.
Laramie, Wy – Bureau of Land Management Director Kathleen Clarke says recent rains have eased this year's wildfire outlook for the West. After a briefing at the National Interagency Fire Center today, Clarke says there's still potential for serious fires in California, Washington and in the Sierra range. But she says that overall the season shouldn't be as bad as last year.
Laramie, WY – The Republican candidates for Wyoming's lone seat in Congress almost all agree on the Marriage Protection Act. The U-S House approved the legislature that would keep federal courts from reviewing parts of a law that says states do not have to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. Incumbent Representative Barbara Cutin voted in favor of the act and opponents Bruce Asay and Jim Altebaumer say they would have too. Altebaumer says marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
Laramie, Wy – The Democratic National Committee is taking a closer look at Wyoming's U-S House race. Wyoming state House Minority Leader Wayne Reese of Cheyenne spoke with the national committee members in Boston at the national convention. Reese says the committee members see this year's race as winnable at least against Republican incumbent Barbara Cubin. Reese says the Democrats believe Cubin has overstayed her welcome.
Casper – Starting October 4th, Northwest Airlines will fly two planes a day from Casper to Minneapolis-St.Paul. The new service was announced Tuesday morning at the Natrona County International Airport. And while excitement over jet service to the Twin Cities is high, the pressure is on make the service viable. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports from Casper.
Laramie, WY – A group of Wyoming landowners are trying to get enough signatures to put a split estate initiative on the ballot. Landowners Association of Wyoming spokeswoman Laurie Goodman says they're hoping to get enough signatures to put the issue on the 2006 Wyoming ballot. Lawmakers have failed to pass similar legislation and Goodman says they're trying to get something passed to even the playing field with oil and gas developers. She says there is no law in Wyoming requiring compensation for property damage done by oil and gas drilling.
Laramie, WY – A dietician and author says each community can do something to reduce childhood obesity. Dayle Hayes says it doesn't take laws or regulations, just an effort to help kids be more active. Hayes says you can't walk to school if there are no sidewalks in your subdivision. She says that means kids have to be driven to school. Hayes says Wyoming communities don't need to ban vending machines, but rather work to put healthier products in those machines.
Laramie, WY – The same-sex marriage issue has found its way into the race for Wyoming's seat in the U-S House of Representatives. A vote last week by Representative Barbara Cubin on the Marriage Protection Act is drawing criticism from one of Cubin's Republican opponents. The act would prohibit federal courts from reviewing portions of another law that says states cannot be forced to accept same-sex marriages from other states. State Senator Cale Case of Lander says the bill's passage trampled the constitution by undermining the country's system of checks and balances.