Laramie, WY – Wyoming's office of consumer advocate said a proposed rate increase by Rocky Mountain power is much too high. Bryce Freeman says improper assumptions and some overestimates led his agency to oppose the hike by the states largest electric utility. Freeman wants the Public Service Commission to reduce the proposed increase by 60%. That means the increase will be much less for consumers
Casper, WY – If you're over 50 years old, it's time to polish your resumes. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services in Casper is hosting a free career fair geared toward older workers. The department's Guy Hadley says 20 businesses from various industries will be at the Casper Recreation Center tomorrow. He says the idea is to look in new places to find workers in a tight job market.
Hadley says the department will host additional job fairs that cater to specific industries or age-groups.
Laramie, WY – A Laramie legislator wants to change state law when it comes to initiatives and referendums.
Currently state law requires those seeking to place an item on the ballot to get signatures from two thirds of the people who voted in the last election from all 23 counties. Representative Kermit Brown wants to change that.
Laramie, WY – A Supreme Court ruling effectively ends court oversight of the state's funding of public schools. After 35 years of legal battles, the Supreme Court finally ruled that the financing systems put in place by the legislature meet Constitutional muster. An attorney for the state, Michael O'Donnell, says this marks the end of major litigation on a very long and complicated case.
Laramie, WY – The Transportation Security Administration is considering setting up passenger screening at seven small Montana airports, served by federally subsidized Essential Air Service.
The TSA is looking at screening in Havre, Lewistown, Wolf Point, Sidney, Glasgow, Miles City and Glendive. TSA spokeswoman Sterling Payne says there is no timeline for a decision on whether to add screening at those airports.
Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says the Bureau of Land Management made improvements when it drafted its newest development plans for the Pinedale anticline.
Freudenthal says he was worried that the first draft would have allowed the entire area to be developed at once. Meanwhile, the new draft makes it possible to keep part of the area off limits to energy development for at least five years while other areas are developed fully.