Cheyenne, WY – In Cheyenne today, President Tom Buchanan said he was delighted by the gift and went on to thank the donors: Encana, Shell and the Cody-based company Nielson and Associates. He also says that, through a fund raising campaign, UW is able to match the donations. The money will go to research and teaching in the energy field. That's something Encana's Eric Marsh says will help industry and the nation. UW is conducting a search for a permanent director for the school and for the first four faculty members.
Jackson , Wy – While there have been recent avalanches caused by skiers many are caused by snowmobiles. Scott Wiley of the Jackson area group the Snow Devils says common sense needs to be used by those who travel the backcountry. That includes not climbing when new snow has fallen. Wiley also says being prepared, with life saving devices is critical.
Laramie, Wy – A survey of Wyoming drivers finds that only about 60 percent of people from the state wear seat belts. The Department of Transportation did a survey of vehicles and found that those with out- of-state license plates wore seat belts much more often. WyDOT's Matt Carlson says that's especially disturbing because of the number of people that die in crashes simply because they weren't buckled up. The survey also found that Wyoming men were less likely to wear seatbelts than women and people in pick up trucks wear seat belts less than people in other types of vehicles.
Cheyenne, Wy – Whether or not Wyoming passes an eminent domain bill this legislative session remains to be seen. While many want it passed, they have concerns that it could go too far. The other issue is that the bill has been changed from a previous compromise measure. Speaker of the House Roy Cohee had originally supported it...but now he has concerns. Several supporters will be on hand to push for passage of the bill on Tuesday.
Laramie, Wy – Albany county planning officials will once again ask the public to provide input on how the county should grow. Last month, citizens were asked to share their views on growth. One of those helping develop the plan is Diana Hulme of the Ruckelshaus Institute. She says public comments shared a common thread. Hulme says people are worried about rising costs because of growth, the loss of open space and impacts on the environment. Citizens will now be asked to attend meetings to develop alternatives for future land use and development in the county.