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.
Denver, Co – A federal appeals court in Denver says that a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe who killed a bald eagle for use in his tribe's Sun Dance must stand trial. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed an earlier decision by U.S. District Judge William Downes of Wyoming. Downes in 2006 had dismissed criminal charges against Winslow Friday. The judge said the federal government does no more than pay lip service to the religious needs of American Indians.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The executive director of the Idaho Water Users Association says the group is against a federal bill to designate portions of the Snake River as "wild and scenic" because it could harm historic water rights.
Norm Semanko says the group is dead-set against any federal protection designation for a 42-mile stretch of the Snake River below Jackson dam.
That portion of the Snake River flows mostly in western Wyoming before reaching Palisades Reservoir in eastern Idaho.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Western Organization of Resource Councils' Randy Joseph says the bill does not do enough to make the livestock industry more competitive.
He says large producers have too much control over the market.
"It's not a strict supply and demand and what happens is the little guy is not able to sell high," Joseph says. "He's only able to sell low. And that is part of the captive-supply issue we have been trying to address."
Laramie, Wyo. – The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has given UW president Tom Buchanan a 50-thousand dollar raise.
His base salary will be $350,000, effective July 1. UW trustee Dick Davis says Buchanan has strengthened the university academically and built relationships inside the institution and with the outside, including the governor's office and the legislature.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Laramie County voters have rejected building a recreation center in Cheyenne.
Voters on Tuesday defeated a proposition that would have spent $55 million in sales taxes toward building a $58 million center.
Three other tax propositions with more than $50 million worth of projects throughout the county were approved. The projects include various community enhancements, street and water improvements and county buildings and infrastructure.