Laramie, Wy – The city of Laramie received an extra one-million dollars from the state legislature to fund major building projects. It was the biggest increase in Wyoming among all cities and towns. City Manager Janine Jordan says Laramie welcomes the extra money, which totaled nearly 13-million dollars. But she says it would make it easier for all cities and towns if they could better predict how much to expect each budget session.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming U-S Senator John Barrasso is visiting troops in Afghanistan and says they are upbeat. The Senator also says that despite some challenges, the war in that country is going well.Barrasso says none of the soldiers he spoke with expressed any concerns. Barrasso also toured medical facilities and said they were state of the art and that injured soldiers were getting good care.
Laramie, wy – The Wyoming Cowgirls are headed to their first N-C-A-A tournament. Wyoming will play Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque. The Cowgirls were one of the last teams selected and Head Coach Joe Legerski admits it is a relief after his team lost in the first round of the conference tournament. But he notes that Wyoming played a tough schedule and beat several teams that will play in the tournament. Cowgirl Guard Dominique Sisk says they want to prove that they belong by winning some games in the tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for Saturday at approximately 2:30.
Rawlins, Wy – Wyoming Game and Fish officials continue to see Elk deaths in the Red Rim area of southeast Wyoming. Game and Fish Spokeswoman Erin Smith says 48 Elk have died from apparently eating lichen. The herd suffered over 300 deaths in 2004 and she says it is the most significant death rate since that time. Smith says the problem is that the herd has returned to the area where lichen content is high. Smith says the game and fish is attempting to lure the Elk out of the area but so far they have had limited success. She says they have few options beyond that.
Cody, WY – Outdoor Life magazine lists four Wyoming towns among its top 200 towns for outdoorsmen.
The magazine lists Sheridan, Cody, Casper and Gillette in the top 40 towns that cater to outdoor activities. Sheridan ranked third, Cody fourth, Casper 21st and Gillette 38th.
Outdoor Life evaluated towns across America to find the places that offer world-class hunting and fishing, easy access to public land and water and vibrant economies that remain affordable and hospitable.
Cheyenne, Wyo – The state Department of Family Services says a $2 million appropriation to help communities around Wyoming set up local programs for troubled youth will save the state money in the long run.
The funding is part of a bill signed by Gov. Dave Freudenthal on Wednesday. The funding will help counties set up juvenile services boards. Those boards will in turn set up and oversee local mentoring, counseling and treatment programs for juveniles.