Laramie, Wyo. – The Superintendent of Sheridan County School District One is lukewarm about the benefits of a statewide student assessment test.
Sue Belish says the school district pays attention to the results from the annual PAWS test, but she says a one time test does very little in indicating how a student is progressing throughout a school year.
Riverton, Wy – Three children are dead in an early morning mobile home fire just outside Riverton. Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan says the children were 1, 2 and 3 years old. Their names were not immediately released. The fire was reported at 6:12 a.m. today (Thursday.) When emergency responders arrived, the home was already engulfed in flames. With help from neighbors, there were able to pull one of the children who died out. The other two couldn't be found until the fire had been put out.
Cheyenne, Wy – What is being called the largest Carbon Sequestration project in the World has been given approval by the State Lands and Investment Board. The Board,made up of the Top Elected State Officials,gave final approval for the leasing of 34 acres of state land for the Riley Ridge Plant in Sublette County. It will produce methane and helium and store greenhouse gas underground. State Lands Director Lynn Boomgarden says Cimarex Energy and the Wyoming Game and Fish department set up a mitigation fund that will monitor impacts of the project.
Cheyenne, WY – Republicans currently outnumber Democrats nearly three-to-one in the state Legislature. And neither political party predicts this fall's elections will result in a change in the balance of power in the Wyoming Legislature.
But leaders on both sides say they expect Democrats may gain a few seats because the party is fielding more candidates.
Democratic candidates are competing in 36 of the House races in the August primary, up from 27 races two years ago.
Laramie, Wy – Senator Mike Enzi says the No Child Left Behind Act has improved education in America and will not be changed significantly by the next administration. Enzi spoke at the Ellbogen Institute in Laramie today (Wednesday). The senator said whichever candidate wins the presidency the federal education policy will remain intact, even if it's given a different name.
Laramie, Wy – Senator Mike Enzi says he does not think a national energy policy is achievable. During a stop in Laramie, Enzi says he understands those who call for such a policy, but he notes that it has been a topic of conversation since the oil crisis of the 1970's.
Rawlins, Wy – The state Corrections Department says a 68-year-old inmate at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins has died following an extended illness. David Allen Maher was serving four consecutive 5-8 year sentences for indecent liberties with a minor. He was sentenced in 1999 in Natrona County. The Corrections Department says Maher died Tuesday at the state prison. No other information was made available. A required autopsy has been ordered.
Cody, Wy – Cooler temperatures and lighter winds today (Wednesday) slowed a wildfire burning mostly wilderness area east of Yellowstone National Park. For the first time in several days, no red flag warning was in effect for the area where the Gunbarrel fire was burning. The fire is burning about six miles east of Yellowstone, or 40 miles west of Cody, Wyoming. It has burned about 51 square miles in the Shoshone National Forest. Firefighters are concentrating on protecting lodges and cabins