Casper, Wy – The only Democratic Party candidate for Wyoming superintendent of public instruction says he intends to get rid of the state's unpopular student assessment testing program. Mike Massie is a longtime state legislator from Laramie. Massie spoke Saturday at the Wyoming Democratic State Convention in Casper. Massie says that if he's elected as superintendent, he plans to take personal responsibility for the performance of the state's school system. He also says he intends to travel the state to
Cheyenne, Wy – College records on a student trip to Costa Rica are being kept secret by Laramie County Community College. The college says student privacy prevents it from releasing a report on the 2008 school-sponsored trip on which LCCC President Darrel Hammon was a chaperone. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle requested the report because it allegedly criticizes Hammon's actions on the trip. The newspaper asked for the report after it was mentioned in a recent employee hearing. But school officials told the newspaper
Casper, Wyo. – The Democratic Party's state convention began in Casper Friday, and the main subject of conversation is the governor's race. Party members want to know if any major candidate will enter the field.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Three of the major Wyoming Republican candidates for governor say they believe the state should join the multistate lawsuit challenging the recent federal health care reform law.
Speaking to a rally at the state Capitol on Friday, GOP candidate Ron Micheli and spokeswomen for candidates Rita Meyer and Colin Simpson all said they believe Wyoming should join with Florida and the other states challenging the law. Candidate Matt Mead didn't attend and no one spoke for him.
Laramie, WY – Some of Rocky Mountain Power's wind farms in Wyoming didn't produce as much wind energy as expected last year. The Utah-based utility says wind conditions were relatively poor in 2009 and it's not appropriate to judge the accuracy of projected wind energy for projects that have only been operating for a year or two. This information came out during Wyoming Public Service Commission hearings over the utility's proposed rate hike. The commission is set to deliberate and possibly decide on the rate hike Friday.