Cheyenne, Wy – The New Secretary of Education will be Chicago Public Schools C-E-O Arne Duncan. Duncan is known as a strong supporter of public education and even gets high marks from Chicago teacher groups. Wyoming Education Association President Kathryn Valido is most excited about the fact that Duncan is a reformer. "He really wants to push for some innovation in education...and he says he wants to do it with the teachers not to the teachers." Valido says support for teachers will be a welcome change.
Laramie, WY – Three southwestern states that draw water from the Colorado River are helping fund a cloud seeding project in Wyoming. Water districts in California, Nevada and Arizona sent 92-thousand dollars to Wyoming this year to help seed clouds over the Wind River Range.
Cheyenne, WY – One concern of legislators is that money for education might be declining. Schools are generally paid for from money acquired through coal lease sales. Oil and Gas revenues also flow into the school foundation program, which pays for education. But all that revenue is expected to decline a lot in the near future. Senator Phil Nicholas, who co-chairs the legislature's appropriations committee says this could take general fund money away from other state needs.
Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says the state of Wyoming should not be timid in the face of an economic downturn. In fact the Governor says the state has a chance to take advantage of the economy, because in some areas, like construction, prices are declining.
Freudenthal says that is why he proposed several building projects in his budget, despite the fact that the state could see less money in coming months.
Cheyenne, Wy – When Cynthia Lummis takes over as Wyoming's congresswoman next month, her chief of staff will stay in Wyoming. Lummis named former Wyoming Business Council C-E-O Tucker Fagen to hold the post. Lummis says that he will operate out of Wyoming. Fagen says other members of congress have the same set up and he will use various forms of technology to run the show. Fagen says by staying in Wyoming, they should be better able to meet the needs of constituents.
Gillette, Wy – The bitter cold gripping Wyoming caused school cancellations and delays and lots of stalled cars. Gillette recorded a low temperature of 21 below early Monday morning. Plumbing businesses in Gillette were inundated with reports of frozen and burst pipes. Gillette hardware stores found themselves running short on plumbing supplies. The Campbell County Sheriff's Office was patrolling the roads for stranded cars. Campbell County schools were closed Monday because of the bitter cold.