Laramie, WY – The state Department of Education has collected over $2 dollars of the nearly $7 million it overpaid to local school districts around the state in recent years.
Of 48 school districts, 15 objected to the state audit that found the state overpaid districts because of an error in the teacher seniority calculation. Of the 15 objections, 14 were resolved through informal settlements.
The only school district in the state to seek an administrative hearing on the state's demand for refunds of overpayments is Uinta County School District 1 in Evanston.
Laramie, WY – The Buffalo Bill Historical Center has a new director. Bruce Eldredge who is the current CEO of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington will begin his work at the end of January.
He says Buffalo Bill is one of the top 50 museums in the country and taking over the museum is one of his dreams. Eldredge says one of his goals is to modernize the experience at the museum and make sure the museum continues to be relevant.
Laramie, Wy – Local economic development officials say business growth is starting to occur in Laramie, but lack of workers and pay has kept that from extending to retail. First National Bank President Dan Furphy is talking with a number of businesses, mostly in the high tech field that want to come to Laramie and he calls this an exciting time of growth. But Furphy says other businesses are reluctant to come. " When you talk to retailers, they say you don't have enough people in your community to justify us coming in here.
Cody, Wy – A state lawmaker says Wyoming ought to have a statewide database of residents' prescriptions. The goal would be to prevent drug abusers from getting multiple prescriptions. Rep. Colin Simpson said he's not sure yet how a bill might be written to set up such a system. But he said the idea is to prevent people going to multiple doctors for multiple painkiller prescriptions to be filled at multiple pharmacies. The State Board of Pharmacy currently requires pharmacies to
Powell, Wy – The number of passenger boardings at Yellowstone Regional Airport in November was down by about 3 percent compared to the same month in 2006. United Airlines boardings at the Cody airport were down by about 18 percent. But Delta Airlines boardings helped offset that decrease with an increase of 9 percent. Hank Coe, a member of the Cody/Yellowstone Air Service Organization, said he has compared flights out of Cody with flights out of Billings, Mont. Coe said flights out of Cody are significantly more expensive.
Wyoming – It's getting harder for utilities in the United States to build coal-based power plants. Rocky Mountain Power has announced it can't go forward with plans to build one because of the uncertainty of future carbon regulations. Energy experts say something must be done soon. Peter O'Dowd reports.
Wyoming – Following an announcement that more studies are needed to determine whether the sage grouse is an endangered species, the Petroleum Association formed a group to help insure the bird stays off the list.