Rawlins, WY – State Senator Bill Vasey, who once sat on the parole board at the state penitentiary in Rawlins says he'd like to see the Department of Corrections do more to fix the state's prison staffing shortage. Vasey, who's a Democrat, says he worked in the construction and mining industry during boom times when it seemed like there were never enough workers to fill the jobs. But he says that didn't stop him from getting the work done. The department of corrections recently raised salaries and recruiting efforts continue nationwide.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Rural Development Council has just completed a report on 81 communities in the state. It details the wants and needs of those towns based on extensive meetings among the residents. Executive Director, Mary Randolph, says several themes became clear.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming has three bridges that are similar in design to the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis. The Department of Transportation has now inspected two of them, and says those two are safe. Spokesman Dave Kingham says that result was no surprise.
We have an ongoing bridge inspection system and we're confident that's keeping our bridges in safe condition. We didn't expect to find any problems.
The third bridge, near Kaycee, will be inspected on Tuesday.
Laramie, WY – Bird lovers from around the world are meeting at the University of Wyoming this week. It's the first time that the American Ornithologists' Union is meeting in Wyoming in the group's 124-year history. UW Zoology professor Craig Benkman organized the conference. He says he hopes it puts the university on the map in his field.
"What's really nice is that we can showcase what we have here and what we're doing here. We have a fabulous program in ecology that's growing in the department of zoology," he said.
Jackson, Wy – The Jackson City Council has given preliminary approval to a change to the town's land development regulations to allow residential uses on the second or third floors of buildings in commercial districts. City staff will now draft the amendment into an ordinance. The council would have to approve it three times before it becomes law. Supporters of the measure said it will encourage housing development in the pricey Jackson market. Under Jackson's current regulations, the only residential uses