Cheyenne, Wy – State democrats say their voter registration numbers continue to rise. The latest figures from the Wyoming Secretary of State show that Democratic registration climbed 4 percent from Feb. 19 to April 1. Most of the new registrations occurred before the state democratic caucuses. Republican registration statewide dropped by about 100 people over the same period. But before democrats get overly exicited registered Republicans still outnumber registered Democrats
Cheyenne, Wy – Admitting that the state system of choosing charter schools in confusing, the Wyoming board of education will decide on whether to uphold a rejection of a proposed charter school in Cheyenne. The Cheyenne school board rejected the Cheyenne Classical Academy in January, and while the state school board agreed that Academy supporters did not object to the local board's ruling in a timely fashion .they agreed to review the decision because the process for setting up a charter school is confusing. They may make a final decision next week.
Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne once again has the cheapest gasoline in the country.
The Lundberg Survey of 7-thousand stations nationwide found that gas was 3 dollars and 39 cents a gallon in Cheyenne on Friday. The average price nationwide was 3 dollars and 62 cents a gallon, up 55 cents since 2008 began.
Fremont County, WY – Redoubled efforts to save the Arapaho language are starting to take root in school children. That's according to language teacher Iva Redman. She says the first school year of a revamped language curriculum at Fremont County District 38 is coming to a close. She says the school asked several teachers to stop teaching math or other subjects so that they could start teaching the Arapaho language. Some students now study Arapaho daily, and Redman says the efforts are working.
Laramie, WY – The Mayor of Laramie says the town's unusual demographics mean there is a shortage of affordable housing. Klaus Hanson says many of the rental properties that would be affordable to low-income families get rented instead by students. And he says some homes that low-income families might be able to buy are sold to a higher bidder: parents of students at the University, who then rent the properties out.
Laramie, WY – A sit-in against high ozone levels in the Pinedale area yesterday drew about 55 protesters. They convened at a Questar drilling location on the Pinedale Anticline.
The protest was an effort to call attention to the proposed drilling plan on the anticline that some residents say would further endanger public health. The Bureau of Land Management is currently reviewing comments on the Pinedale Anticline proposal.
Pinedale, Wy – Conservationists are applauding Governor Dave Freudenthal's letter to the Bureau of Land Management, which calls the Pinedale Management Plan unacceptable. In part, the letter asks the BLM to require gas companies to do mitigation efforts when they drill. Organizer Linda Baker says she was surprised that the Governor took such a strong stand before the public has even seen the changes to the Plan. Normally the Governor or another cooperating agency might reserve their comments for after the public gets a chance to see the document, too.
Cheyenne, Wy – Federal officials say the amount of snow accumulated in Wyoming's high country is above average for all but one of the state's river basins. The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that snowstorms last week in northeast Wyoming helped push the amount of water stored in Wyoming snowpack to 117 percent of the 30-year average statewide. Officials say the relative abundance of water in the mountains in early May bodes well for spring runoff in the state's river basins.