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Cody School Board Pushes Forward With Armed Staff Policy

Park County District #6 school board in Cody approved a policy allowing employees to carry firearms to the second reading. By a 5-2 vote, trustees are moving closer to implementation. During a meeting Tuesday night, over 20 members of the community spoke to the board. The majority were against the policy expressing that guns should stay in the hands of law enforcement. But Flint Flesher, a father in Park County District #6 and the owner of Alpine Firearms Training, supports the policy. He...

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Park County Reconsiders Public Land Parcel Seized From Fugitive

NPR's 2018 Tiny Desk Contest

Calling all undiscovered musicians! NPR put out another call for undiscovered bands to enter a contest to play a Tiny Desk Concert in Washington, D.C.

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Early Thursday morning, Yellowstone National Park officials discovered 73 bison had disappeared from their pen.

This is the second time in just over a month that bison were intentionally released from the Stephens Creek Facility. The animals had just been captured and put into the facility earlier in the week as part of the Interagency Bison Management Plan. The plan’s goal is to reduce bison population due to the fear of spreading diseases to other species during the bison's annual migration from the park to Montana

DACA Symposium at UW

Feb 22, 2018
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On Saturday, the University of Wyoming will host a symposium on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The event comes as the date March 5th looms over the immigration debate—that’s the deadline President Donald Trump gave Congress to find a solution for the almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants covered by the program.  

 

 

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Legislation to further cut education funding is making its way through the Wyoming legislature. Wednesday a bill sponsored by Senator Ray Peterson proposing approximately $140 million in cuts was discussed in committee.

 

Those reductions would be achieved through increased state control over district expenditures. Currently school districts have block grants, which they spend how they see fit. State accountability measures are in place to guarantee that spending benefits the educational needs of kids.

 

 

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Wyoming communities will soon see new investments in businesses and jobs thanks to a nonprofit that plans to reserve a portion of its $65 million New Markets Tax Credit award for the state.

Montana and Idaho Community Development Corporation (MICDC) will invest about $12 million in Wyoming projects in hopes of improving the state’s economy. The nonprofit expanded into Wyoming this past July and will use the first of its U.S. Treasury award for contributions to Wyoming businesses and organizations.

Powder River Basin Resource Council's Shannon Anderson speaking to the Senate Minerals Committee about SF-98
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A bill looking to cut future severance taxes for oil and gas companies was approved by the Senate Minerals Committee. Senate File 98 would cut severance taxes in half during the third year of production until the end of its fourth year.  

Cody Senator Hank Coe said the goal is to attract new energy operations to Wyoming over another mineral producing state.  Coe said that its worked before. 

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Wyoming’s museums are a big contributor to the state economy. In fact, Wyoming relies on the sector more than most states, fourth most in the country according to a recent study by American Alliance Of Museums in conjunction with Ox, ord Economics. Washington D.C., Alaska and Hawaii are the most reliant states. The study shows that these states’ economies rely heavily on the museum industry. This was measured by a location quotient or L.Q.

Casper College

On Tuesday, Casper became the latest community in Wyoming to pass a non-discrimination resolution for LGBT residents. The resolution passed Casper’s city council with a six to three vote.

It does not hold the same legal teeth as an ordinance, but Reverend Dee Lundberg said it’s a start. She is with Casper’s PFLAG group, an LGBT advocacy organization. During previous city council meetings, there was discussion of drafting another version of the resolution, one that would take out the specific references to LGBT people. Lundberg said she’s glad that version did not move forward.

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Survivors of child sexual abuse and advocates testified before the Senate Education Committee Wednesday. They urged lawmakers to support the implementation of Erin’s Law in Wyoming. The legislation first passed in Illinois following the advocacy of survivor Erin Merryn, and has now passed in a total of 31 states.

 

Wyoming State Legislature

Wyoming’s House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would sharpen anti-stalking laws.

House Bill 8 raises the maximum penalty for misdemeanor stalking from six months to one year, with up to three years of probation. The maximum penalty for felony stalking is 10 years under existing state law.

Kamila Kudelska

Park County District #6 school board in Cody approved a policy allowing employees to carry firearms to the second reading. By a 5-2 vote, trustees are moving closer to implementation.

During a meeting Tuesday night, over 20 members of the community spoke to the board. The majority were against the policy expressing that guns should stay in the hands of law enforcement.

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