Jackson?s Jewish Music Festival Begins Second Year
Wyoming – The three-week Jackson Hole Jewish Music Festival starts on Sunday. This is the festival's second year. And Executive Director Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn says the event has grown out of a desire to bring a new kind of cultural experience to Jackson - and to give back to the local community.
A treasured plant collection, hiding in plain sight
Wyoming – There is a little known institution tucked away on the University of Wyoming campus. The Rocky Mountain Herbarium was founded by Wyoming botanist Aven Nelson in 1893 and is home to over a million plant specimens from around the World. Wyoming Public Radio's Kelly Herbinson has this report on the importance of the botanical museum.
At the Legislature, Considering Constitutional Amendments
Wyoming – Wyoming voters rarely get a chance to change the constitution. But the legislature may give citizens the chance to vote on a gay marriage ban and even the right to hunt. As of Friday morning, five proposed constitutional amendments are still alive in the Wyoming legislature. Longtime observers say that's an unusually high number.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that aims to encourage more filmmakers to film movies in Wyoming has received final approval in the State House of Representatives. The bill would grant Wyoming's film office almost a million dollars every two years, to be used to draw filmmakers to the state.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The State Senate continues to debate the merits of a sales tax break on software intended to attract mega data centers to Wyoming. It would be coupled with an existing sales tax break on data center facilities.
Senator John Schiffer opposes the bill, and tried to amend it to require a report on what benefits the tax break is providing. He also tried to require data centers to pay their sales tax, which would be returned with interest in five years if the companies were still in Wyoming.
Jackson, Wyo. – A district judge has shot down Teton County's public smoking ban.
District Judge Timothy Day on Wednesday ruled that the county's health board lacked authority to enact the 2009 ban. It had prohibited smoking in all public places, including bars, restaurants and places of employment throughout the county, including the resort area of Jackson Hole.
Day ruled in response to a lawsuit brought by the owners of The Virginian Saloon and associations representing contractors, truckers and the liquor industry.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that would require doctors to offer pregnant women who want to have an abortion the chance to see an ultrasound before they undergo the procedure was approved by the Wyoming House.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming House of Representatives has passed a bill that allows people to store guns in their cars, no matter where they are parked. It means that citizens can drive around with guns in their vehicles while at work or while shopping.
People would not be allowed to park with guns on school grounds. But many private business owners say they also want the ability to regulate who can have guns on their property.