Jackson, Wy – The Teton County commission has imposed a temporary moratorium on large subdivisions. The action stops several housing projects involving hundreds of new homes. The moratorium on development applications of more than 20 acres was approved on a 3-2 vote. It will remain in effect until Dec. 31 or when changes to a joint Jackson and Teton County development plan are adopted. The moratorium does include a clause allowing for "reasonable exceptions." It also halts zone changes that would increase the
Laramie, Wy – Students graduating from the University of Wyoming this Saturday will likely see higher salary offers than last year's graduates. Director of Career Services, Jo Chytka says the down economy has not affected UW graduates yet. "I would say starting salaries are still increasing, compared to last years graduates, maybe not as exponentially as they were. Students need to factor in the location of the position and a lot of other things. But if you look at both national averages and what we're seeing for our students, I think they'll be pleasantly surprised."
Washington D-C – The federal government says it's distributing more than $51 million to Wyoming as part of the Abandoned Mine Land program. And unlike in the past, Wyoming gets the money with no strings attached. The program uses taxes on coal production to clean up abandoned mine sites and related pollution. The $51 million is part of an $82.7-million distribution to Wyoming as part of the federal program this year. A payment of $30 million in March is going to coal-site reclamation work.
Washington D-C – The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved legislation to prevent oil and gas drilling on over one million acres of land in the Wyoming Range. Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso sponsored the bill. It would protect the popular hunting and recreation area within the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The legislation provides protection for existing leases, but allows remaining leases to be voluntarily purchased by conservation groups so they can be retired.
Laramie, Wyo. – Southeastern Wyoming faces a shortage of child care that some say is hurting the area's ability to attract workers.
A state study completed in 2006 found that if existing day care centers don't expand and no new centers are built, 2,754 children in Wyoming will have unmet child-care needs by 2016.
The Early Education Partnership is working to raise money to build a child-care facility in the Cheyenne Business Parkway on land donated to the partnership by Cheyenne LEADS. No construction date has been set.
Jackson, Wy – Lingering deep snow has delayed the opening of facilities at the south end of Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Those facilities include the Jenny Lake Visitor Center, which originally was scheduled to open this coming Saturday and now won't open until May 22. Opening of the campground at Jenny Lake also has been pushed back about 10 days to May 22. Grand Teton spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says there's still three to four feet of snow on the ground in many areas. The park got
Laramie, Wy – The U-S Fish and Wildlife service is proceeding with plans to reconsider the White Tailed Prairie Dog as an endangered species. The reconsideration came about following a lawsuit from several organizations including Laramie's Biodiversity Conservation Alliance. Duane Short oversees Wild Species for the organization and he says the White Tailed Prairie Dog is under threat in western Wyoming. Short says he is looking for a way to protect the species and allowing a smarter approach to oil and gas development that will cause less harm.
Rawlins, Wy – A second-degree murder trial is underway in Rawlins for a man accused of shooting another man in the face with a shotgun. The prosecution and defense gave opening statements Monday in the trial of Forrest Bromley, who's accused of shooting Jason Voss a little over a year ago. Prosecutor Cal Rerucha and defense attorney Jason Tangeman agreed that the men drank beer and smoked marijuana before the shooting. But similarities in the two accounts ended there. Rerucha told jurors that Bromley aimed the gun at Voss and
Casper, Wy – Census numbers estimate that about five thousand Wyoming children are raised by their grandparents. Another thousand children are raised by other family members who are not parents. But paperwork and legal challenges make the task difficult. That's too bad, according to Doctor David Rubin of the child advocacy organization Safe Place. He has been studying the issue of whether family members should help raise children. Rubin says his results show that displaced children do better when they are raised by relatives.