Cheyenne, Wyo. – Members of a newly formed government watchdog group say they're looking forward to pushing for release of public information around Wyoming.
The Wyoming Coalition for Open Government includes the Wyoming Press Association as well as many individual newspapers and other groups. The coalition held a press conference Thursday to introduce itself at the Wyoming state Capitol.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal says Wyoming needs to focus on its strengths as it works to "ride out the storm" of lower state revenues and important challenges to its future.
Beginning his "State of the State" address to a joint session of the Wyoming Legislature, Freudenthal said Wednesday that Wyoming residents need to understand the state is now in the beginning of a difficult period - not at the end of one.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming officials say they're disappointed in the federal government's decision to maintain endangered species protections for gray wolves in the state.
The Department of Interior announced Wednesday that federal protections for the predators would be removed in neighboring Idaho and Montana. If enacted, the decision will give those states the authority to manage their wolves.
Casper, Wyo. – Casper Star-Tribune Communications has announced that it's laying off 15 employees to cut costs in response to the economic downturn.
The Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that the layoffs include three positions in the newsroom, six in circulation, three in advertising and one in marketing. The company also is eliminating two positions from the Casper Journal, a weekly distributed in Natrona County.
Washington, DC – The Bush administration is offering energy companies another chance to show they can make a profit from oil shale production on public land in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.
The Bureau of Land Management announced Wednesday it is soliciting a second round of proposals for oil demonstration projects on 1.9 million acres in the three states. Projects would be limited to 640 acres each.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming Speaker of the House Colin Simpson urged lawmakers to set strong priorities as the legislative session gets under way.
Simpson kicked off the session by asking House members to focus on bedrock principles: "Investments in infrastructure that promote education, business development, job and wage growth, health and safety issues, protection of our valuable industries and economies and protection of our revenue streams."
Cody, Wyo. – A nonprofit seeking to revitalize the Sleeping Giant ski area west of Cody is planning a fundraising event.
The executive director of the Yellowstone Recreation Foundation says the event will be held either in Cody or at the ski area in early February.
The State Loan and Investment Board last week approved a $500,000 grant for renovation of the ski area. One stipulation: The Yellowstone Recreation Foundation must raise an additional $800,000 by April 30.