Cheyenne, Wy – With the new Hathaway scholarship curriculum now in place the state department of education is watching another issue, grade inflation. State Superintendent Jim McBride calls it a real issue as school districts will have pressure to give students the highest grades possible so that they can acquire more Hathaway scholarship money. McBride says some districts that had rigorous standards for acquiring an A have made 90 percent an A.
Gillette, Wy – A judge in Gillette has ordered two landowners to allow their property to be surveyed by the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad for a planned rail line. The railroad sued Lenard Seeley and Jerry Dilts for permission to survey land they own in Campbell, Converse and Weston counties. The surveys are in preparation for a six (b) billion-dollar rail line for exporting coal from the Powder River Basin. The surveys could be a step toward the railroad using eminent domain to obtain the land.
Jackson, WY – A skier was rescued after being caught in an avalanche south of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center says the avalanche happened yesterday (Sunday). Forest officials say the skier was swept through trees, over a cliff and was almost completely buried Some of the skier's companions found him quickly and dug him out. Forest officials say they don't know how severely injured the skier was. An avalanche killed a 25-year-old skier south of the resort on January 5.
Cheyenne, Wy – State senator and long-time newspaper publisher Bob Peck died today (Tuesday). He was 82 years old. Peck died at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Peck missed most of the just completed legislative session after being diagnosed with a blood clot and pneumonia in January. Peck was diagnosed with West Nile virus in August. He was in critical condition for two days but improved after that. Peck was born in Riverton and lived most of his life there. He began his newspaper career writing for the Riverton high
Yellowstone National Park – So far this winter, there's been a spike in the number of snowmobiles that have visited Yellowstone. Park officials say the number increased by more than 12 percent for the period of December-through-February, as compared to the same period last year. Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash says the reason might be that people have been able to plan their trips because the winter use rules have been stable. "We've been operating under temporary rules now for three winters.
Casper, Wy – State Superintendent Jim McBride says the federal No Child Left Behind law is designed more for urban areas and not for a small, rural states like Wyoming. The law requires that schools meet yearly progress goals. If schools miss those marks, they can be labeled as needing improvement and may face consequences. But McBride says the federal law doesn't differentiate enough between small school districts and large school districts. He noted that the federal government's definition of a small
Cheyenne, Wy – The new Medium Security prison in Torrington is now moving forward. The legislature approved funding for the project and Corrections director Bob Lampert says a different approach to building the project will keep costs in line. Rising costs helped delay the original construction of the facility. Lampert says the state needs the new prison to not only deal with prison overcrowding, but to help better treat inmates, so that they don't return to prison when they are released.