Laramie, WY – Some state officials are hoping to re-engage people on the benefits of restoring and preserving historic buildings in the state. These are buildings over 50 years of age with a historic significance. Many of these buildings are heading for the wrecking ball.
Evan Medley of the Wyoming Main Street program says losing these buildings would be bad for the state. That is why they are trying to find ways to restore these buildings.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The race for the Republican nomination for Wyoming's seat in the U.S. House already is shaping up to be an unusual one compared to the past few elections.
Buffalo rancher Mark Gordon is already running television ads. Also, Gordon has raised an unusually large amount of money for so early in the race - more than $400,000, including nearly $300,000 from himself.
Laramie, Wyo. – For the first time in several years, the mountains in Wyoming are still packed with snow in May.
That increases the chance for spring flooding along several rivers and streams. National Weather Service Hydrologist Jim Fahey says a combination of warm weather and rainfall would cause the snow to melt all at once.
Laramie, Wyo. – An advocate for charter schools says she's disappointed--but not surprised-- that the Cheyenne Classical Academy charter school received another no-vote today.
The state board of education denied the appeal to keep the school's application alive, saying that most of the reasons for the previous decision by the Laramie County School District were based on solid evidence.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming is projecting that 17-hundred freshmen will enroll in the fall, an increase of about three and a half percent over last year. Vice President for Student Affairs, Sara Axelson, says UW continues to see more students from Colorado. Axelson says the UW trustees have kept tuition increases for out of state students at a minimum, while states like Colorado have increased their tuition significantly.
Billings, Montana – A federal judge in Montana has rejected a request by the government to delay a lawsuit seeking to place the gray wolf back on the endangered species list, saying he's "unwilling to risk more deaths." At least 39 of the Northern Rockies' 1,500 gray wolves have been killed since they lost federal protection in March. That action placed wolves under the authority of state wildlife agencies in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. All three states have relaxed rules for killings wolves that
Washington, DC – U-S Senator John Barrasso has not yet taken a position on whether energy development in the Pinedale anticline should slow down. Some believe that since high levels of ozone have been reported in Pinedale, that natural gas drilling should slow down, until things improve. Senator Barrasso says he has not yet formed an opinion, but says he is attending meetings and is studying the issue closely.