Rock Springs, Wy – More than 200 students at East Junior High School in Rock Springs staged walkouts to show support for their principal whose contract was not renewed for next year. The students first walked out of school Wednesday morning for a sit down protest on the school's front lawn. But they stopped when principal Lu Sweet told them to return to class. However, some students later walked out of the school in the early afternoon. Some of the students said that they thought it is
Cheyenne, Wy – In its annual death on the job report The AFL-CIO says that Wyoming ranks second in the nation in worker deaths. Wyoming had 36 worker deaths in 2006 and the AFL-CIO says that another 85-hundred died due to occupational diseases. Wyoming AFL-CIO Director Kim Floyd says Wyoming actually improved one spot but he says that the numbers remain disturbing. Floyd says an increased emphasis on safety is clearly needed including more Occupational Health and Safety administration inspectors.
Sheridan, Wy – The attorney for two teachers who saw a discrimination jury award overturned says they will consider an appeal in the case. Pat Hacker says the ruling by the tenth circuit court of appeals was conservative and inconsistent. The former Sheridan County teachers Kathleen Milligan-Hitt and Kathryn Roberts sued believing that they did not get administrator positions in the district because they were lesbians. A jury agreed with them and awarded them 160 thousand dollars. But the tenth circuit court of appeals overturned the award.
Cody, Wy – Yellowstone park Supervisor Suzanne Lewis says making Sylvan Pass safe for avalanche crews could cost almost $4 million - money she says the park doesn't have. The pass marks the sole eastern gateway to Yellowstone. Park officials last year said they intended to stop avalanche control needed to keep the route open unless safety issues for park employees were addressed. That drew protests from Wyoming officials and residents in nearby Cody. They're concerned about possible damage to a local
Laramie, WY – Montana and federal officials say they've struck a deal to let some bison migrate through a private ranch bordering Yellowstone National Park, allowing the animals to avoid slaughter under a disease control program. Gov. Brian Schweitzer and park Superintendent Suzanne Lewis say the ranch's owners, the Church Universal and Triumphant, will sell their grazing rights. The deal is estimated at $2.8 million.
Cheyenne, Wy – After his trip to China, Governor Dave Freudenthal says the state will work hard to draw Chinese tourists into the state. Freudenthal says Wyoming could benefit from a growing Chinese middle class that wants to take advantage of traveling abroad while the U-S dollar is weak. Freudenthal says he will talk to the legislature about funding tourism programs in China. He says the Chinese are well aware of Yellowstone National Park and the state's cowboy culture.
Denver, Co – A federal appeals court in Denver has overturned a discrimination verdict that two lesbian former school administrators had won against a Sheridan County school district in 2006. A panel of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals says that Kathleen Milligan-Hitt and Kathryn Roberts weren't entitled to $160,000 that a Wyoming jury had awarded them as damages. The appeals court ruling states that discriminating against homosexuals wasn't clearly against the law in 2003. That's when