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Senators announce bison coin legislation

WASHINGTON - To celebrate continued efforts to restore the American bison from near extinction to a now thriving population, U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., are unveiling a proposal Tuesday to commemorate the bison.

The senators, as well as Dave Carter of the National Bison Association and Bob Pickering of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, plan to unveil the legislation during Senate Swamp at 10 a.m. in the nation's capital . They will speak on the heritage, conservation and future roles of the American bison, according to a release.

Harvey, a live bison, is also expected to attend.

Thomas not deciding on 2006 bid yet

POWELL - U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas says it is too soon to consider whether he will seek re-election in 2006.

"I have made a decision, and that decision is to make that decision later on," Thomas, R-Wyo., said.

"There are much more pressing issues to think about at this time," he said.

Thomas won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1989 after a competitive special election to replace Dick Cheney, who was appointed U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Thomas was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, and again in 2000 for a second term by one of the largest margins in Wyoming election history.

The senator's seat in the senate comes up for re-election in November of 2006.

Ladd campaign tops $110,000 in treasury

WILSON - Ted Ladd's campaign for Wyoming's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives has raised more than $110,000 since he entered the race last March - demonstrating a powerful surge of support for his bid statewide, the candidate said in a release.

"The Ladd for Wyoming campaign is clearly connecting with the people of our state," Ladd said. "Supporters from Greybull to Cheyenne - and dozens of other Wyoming communities - have responded to our message of responsible government and the importance of supporting small business with generous donations and other offers to help."

Ladd, the Wilson-based businessman seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the state's only House seat in the Nov. 2 General Election, filed a campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday. The report documents more than $90,000 in donations from scores of contributors across Wyoming, with more than $75,000 of that coming in just the past three months.

NEA endorses Asay for U.S. House seat

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CHEYENNE - The National Education Association's Fund for Children and Public Education has endorsed congressional candidate Bruce Asay for the Republican nomination in Wyoming.

"I consider this endorsement to be recognition of my desire to improve the quality of education in this nation," Asay said Wednesday in a release. "Excellence in education is a requirement, not an option."

The endorsement came after the Wyoming Education Association, a teachers group, recommended to the national body that it endorse Asay in the GOP race.

Hastert runs for House seat in Green River

GREEN RIVER - John Hastert, appointed last year to a vacant House of Representatives seat in Green River, is running for the position.

The Sweetwater County Commission appointed Hastert in March 2003 to replace Chris Boswell, who became Gov. Dave Freudenthal's chief of staff.

Hastert said he supports job apprenticeship programs for youths and reinstating permanent state funding for cities, towns and counties.

A 26-year resident of Green River, Hastert is an employee of FMC Inc., a soda ash company in the Green River Basin.

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