Cheyenne, Wy – The state of Wyoming has lost its request to revive a court order that struck down a Clinton-era ban on logging and other development on (m) millions of acres of national forest lands nationwide. U-S District Judge Clarence Brimmer in Cheyenne has denied the state's request to reinstate his 2003 injunction against the Clinton administration's roadless rule. The rule was enacted in the final days of the Clinton administration in 2001. It placed more than 50 (m) million acres of
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming officials are working to implement several new safety measures next fall in response to campus tragedies like the Virginia Tech shootings. The added safety measures includes an anonymous tip line, a memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement and faster communications to alert the campus community of danger. One new initiative the university is looking at is text messaging and other ways of getting the word out faster to the campus community in times of an emergency.
Washington D-C – Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi says he voted against the immigration reform measure because it had too many provisions that he could not support. Enzi disputes notions that the bill was a compromise. He says he will not vote for any bill that provides amnesty to illegal immigrants already in the country. President Bush plans to meet next week with Enzi and other republican Senators in an effort to revive the bill.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming U-S Attorney Matt Mead has resigned his post. Mead says he plans to return to Jackson to work on the family ranch. Mead has been rumored to be in the running to replace Senator Craig Thomas who died this week. Mead did not want to specifically address the seat until after Thomas funeral, but he admitted it is something he and his wife will discuss. He also would not deny that his resignation was connected to the open seat. Mead says he leaves the U-S Attorney job in great shape after several successful prosecutions.
Cheyenne, Wy – State lawmakers in Cheyenne today (Thursday) opened up what likely will be a year and a half of committee discussion about reforming Wyoming's haphazard juvenile justice system. Attorney General Pat Crank urged the Joint Judiciary Interim Committee to change Wyoming's juvenile justice system. But Crank says he does NOT want the state to impose a one-size-fits-all juvenile justice system on local courts and communities. Crank holds up Judge Ronn Jeffrey's juvenile municipal court in
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming is one of eight states that showed the fastest rate of improvement in student test scores since no child left behind went into effect. State Superintendent Jim McBride says that is because there was a large number of students who were behind and just got caught up. But McBride notes that schools have not met requirements for adequate yearly progress that is required under No Child Left Behind.
Laramie, Wy – Snow, heavy rain and strong wind caused travel problems in parts of Wyoming today (Thursday). Up to eight inches of snow fell in the Big Horn Mountains in northern Wyoming and forced highway officials to close a section of U-S 14-A between Burgess Junction and Lovell. Snow also fell in the higher elevations of northwest, central and southern Wyoming. Heavy rain caused local flooding in parts of Campbell County, including Gillette, and in neighboring Sheridan County. Some streets and roadways were closed.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal sent a strongly worded letter to the National Park Service this week in opposition to the proposed closure of Yellowstone National Parks east entrance. The Governor disputed Park Service Claims that the area faces serious avalanche danger, although he supports efforts to place some restrictions on snowmobiles. Today (Wednesday) Freudenthal stated that the interest in closing the east entrance is probably something that has been there for many years. And they are just getting around to trying to do it.
Cheyenne, Wy – With the death of Senator Craig Thomas interest remains high in who might be his replacement. Names including U-S attorney Matt Mead, former Speaker of the House Randall Luthi, State Senator John Barrasso and State Representative Colin Simpson appear to lead most lists. But Republican party officials are trying to squelch the interest until after funeral ceremonies this weekend. Governor Dave Freudenthal is also urging people to take the next few days to mourn Senator Thomas. He says the process for finding a replacement will take care of itself.