The Laramie Mural Project will celebrate its tenth public artwork with an outdoor party on Friday, June 13. The Mural Project is collaboration between artists, the University of Wyoming Art Museum and the Laramie Main Street Alliance. Since 2011, it has decorated the sides of downtown buildings with images ranging from migrant farm workers to prairie dogs.
This month, thousands of educators from around the country will gather in Denver to discuss public education issues and set policies for the coming year at the National Education Association’s annual meeting.
Wyoming Education Association President Kathy Vetter says one the biggest problems in the state is that teachers' perspectives are often absent from policy initiatives in public education.
They say measles is being transmitted by international travelers and is infecting those who do not have a measles vaccination. Wyoming Department of Health spokesman Kim Deti said state officials are monitoring the situation.
“In Wyoming we haven’t had a case reported since 2010. What seems to be different here than everywhere else? Well, the real truth is…we’ve been lucky.”
St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson is hiring several new surgeons and doctors to join the public hospital’s physician group. It will be the first time the hospital has directly employed surgeons.
St. John’s CEO Lou Hochheiser says the new hires are needed to meet demand in the area.
“A year and a half ago, we had 4 and a half surgeons in this community,” Hochheiser said. “We have lost two and a half of those surgeons, leaving us with two. Therefore, it was the hospital’s responsibility to make sure that gap was filled.”
Political spending both for and against potential anti-fracking ballot measures is already washing over Colorado.
Colorado is quickly becoming ground zero for a political war over the future of hydraulic fracturing. Drill operations are pushing deeper into populated areas these days and some local governments and activists are supporting ballot measures that would give communities greater control over the industry.
In the week since the Obama administration unveiled new rules to curb carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants, Wyoming regulators have been digging in, trying to figure out exactly what they’ll mean for the Cowboy State. So far, they have more questions than answers.
Higher education institutions from around Wyoming are working together to develop strategies to better serve military veterans on their campuses.
The first-of-its-kind, three-day conference features representatives from colleges and vocational schools statewide. They say veterans returning to civilian life face challenges and have special needs—and entering into a higher education setting adds to that.
Conference organizer Marty Martinez is project coordinator at UW’s Veterans Services Center. He says becoming a veteran-friendly school is easier said than done.
Rogers Canyon north of Laramie has long been a favorite destination for cyclists. But also for off-road vehicle riders, gun enthusiasts and people with a trunk full of garbage unwilling to pay the dump fee. Conflicts between the groups have been mounting, and the Bureau of Land Management wants to set new guidelines to make the area safer and cleaner.
The Rogers Canyon Coalition is working with the BLM to find a solution. Coalition member Teri Lund says they’ve come up with a few ideas.
A local organization is calling for an overhaul of Wyoming’s trapping regulations, saying they haven't been updated since before the de-listing of wolves.
The group—called Wyoming Untrapped--says more people are setting traps since the de-listing of wolves, which are considered livestock predators. The increase has led to more pets caught in snares and leg holds.
The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has approved a plan for a new ammonia plant about four miles outside Rock Springs. Simplot currently operates a phosphorous fertilizer plant on the site, and ammonia is one of the raw materials they need for production. With the cost of shipping it long distances by rail, Simplot decided to start producing their own.