Topic: Soliders serving in Bagdad just found out that they're not coming home after a year of deployment, one of those is Matt Hastings from Lander, Wyoming; Guest: Whitney Hastings, wife of Matt Hastings living in Germany
Topic: The Wyoming Aids Walk is the largest aids and HIV fund raising event in Wyoming. For more information visit http://www.wyoaidswalk.org/ ; Guest: Bob Hooker and Katie Morgan
Topic: Annual Strook on Wyoming Lands and People will be this weekend; Guest: Jason Shogren
Wyoming – While the 9-11 Commission is finishing up work in Washington D-C a member of another federal commission told an audience in Wyoming that he and colleagues predicted the September 11th attacks. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay has more details about a report U-S Senator Gary Hart and the National Security Commission gave to Presidents Clinton and Bush
Jackson, WY – More wildfires could be allowed to burn in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. An amended fire management plan clarifies policies both inside and outside of forest wilderness areas. Currently, forest officials can let wildfires burn in wilderness areas as a resource management tool, but elsewhere, the policies are less clear. The amendment also requires all fires caused by humans to be suppressed. Forest officials say the changes will save money in the long run by managing fires, rather than suppressing all of them.
Laramie, Wy – Congress is getting ready to approve a federal highway bill and send it to the President. The House's plan would mean about 275 billion dollars in spending over six years; the Senate's bill includes 318 billion dollars. The director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Sleeter Dover, says either way the state would see an increase of about 20 thousand jobs over six years, though that is contingent on finding enough skilled people to fill those jobs.
Laramie, Wy – Reducing health care costs is not the only item on John Henley's agenda, but he devoted nearly all of his opening statement to it in announcing a run for Congress today Tuesday). The Casper Democrat also says America needs a strong energy policy and reduction of the federal deficit.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Republican challenger to incumbent Rep. Barbara Cubin leveled his first attacks against her. Bruce Asay says the illness of Cubin's husband is no excuse for her missing votes in Congress. The Cheyenne attorney says Wyoming's voice has not been heard in Congress because Cubin has missed too many votes in the last year and a half. Cubin has defended her absences as her personal decision to be with her gravely ill husband.
Cheyenne, Wy – During an investigation of the state hospital, a Wyoming advocacy organization says they have uncovered several problems. Protection and Advocacy Director Jeanie Thobro says they have uncovered a number of problems at the State Hospital that go beyond the recent suicide. They range from staffing numbers to treatment of staff. Thobro has asked the Wyoming attorney generals office for formal mediation. The state had settled with Protection and Advocacy during a previous lawsuit and Thobro is hoping they can avoid going to court.
Dubois, WY – There's been another death in Iraq with ties to Wyoming. Marine Private First Class Chance R. Phelps died after he was shot in the head Friday while battling insurgents west of Baghdad. Phelps lived in Dubois as a youngster, than moved to Colorado with his mother while he was in grade school. His father, John, still lives in Dubois. Local residents are expressing shock at the death.
Casper, Wy – America needs affordable health care and strong economic and energy policies. That's according to a Casper attorney who is expected to become the latest Democrat to join the U-S House race. John Henley has scheduled news conferences tomorrow (Tuesday) in Casper and Cheyenne regarding his candidacy. Henley was born and raised in Evanston and obtained a degree in accounting from American University in Washington, D-C, in 1978. He graduated from the University of Wyoming Law School in 1981.
Gillette, WY – Governor Freudenthal says the coal-bed methane industry needs to address water quality if it expects the boom in northeast Wyoming to continue. Freudenthal recently toured the Powder River Basin and says if something isn't done soon to improve water quality; there will be more stock ponds than cattle. Methane drilling is moving away from Gillette, where the water discharged from wells is relatively pure, and into an area where the water contains more salt.