Laramie, WY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn two parcels of land from a planned energy lease sale in response to concerns from the state game and fish department. The two parcels are north of Daniel, in western Wyoming. The game and fish department says they include important wildlife migration routes. Gregg Arthur is deputy director of the game department. He wrote to the BLM last month saying that oil and gas development on the parcels would restrict the movement of mule deer and antelope. He
Laramie, WY – A University of Wyoming study says that the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars in Laramie that took effect in April 2005 hasn't hurt business revenues. The Wyoming survey and Analysis Center is a research unit of U.W. It conducted a study of what businesses in Albany County paid in sales tax from July 2003 through August 2006. Mark McNulty is senior research scientist at the center. He says the study found no change in business revenues after the smoking ban took effect. The study factored in inflation, seasonality and overall
Laramie, WY – Kathy Emmons announced today (Thursday) she will resign as head of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services effective January 15th. Emmons has been in the job since March 2002. She gave no reason for why she was leaving -- saying she wasn't sure what her next career opportunity will be. In the statement, Governor Freudenthal thanked Emmons for her work and her leadership on issues ranging from quality childcare to workforce training. In the coming weeks, a nominee to replace Emmons will be named and the confirmation process will start.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Cowboys baskettball team continued their four game winning streak with a 91-59 victory over the Denver Pioneers Wednesday night. Junior guard Brad Jones led the way, scoring 24 points. The Cowboys led by as many as 33 points in the second half. Head Coach Steve McClains says their defensive game earned the win. The Cowboys have their biggest test of the season Saturday against tenth-ranked Wichita State at the Wyoming Shootout in Casper.
Laramie, WY – A historic preservation scholar continues to be concerned that old school buildings are becoming victims of the wrecking ball. Mary Humstone, who also teaches at the University of Wyoming in the American Studies program adds that the new school plans shows that newer is not always better. Humstone has always contended that in many cases it is cheaper to update older buildings, but she says the state encourages new construction. She says such plans can change if local residents speak up.
Laramie, Wy – Members of the Wyoming congressional delegation say the report by the Iraq study group will need to be digested and they plan on asking Wyoming citizens what they think. But all three members of Wyoming's delegation call it a good bipartisan effort. Senator Mike Enzi says it is too early to say what needs to be adopted, but he welcomes the input. Enzi does not favor a set timetable for pulling out of Iraq. Congresswoman Barbara Cubin says she remains open to all suggestions about how to proceed in Iraq.
Laramie, Wy – The full legislature will soon debate what classes students should take in order to qualify for the Hathaway scholarship. University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan has had a keen interest, because he is looking for students to take the types of classes that will allow them to succeed at the University. Some at U-W were initially concerned, but Buchanan says that is just part of the process. Buchanan says that he is mostly comfortable with the recommendations. This week a legislative committee removed Foreign Language as a required offering.
Billings, Montana – The wolf population is growing in Wyoming and neighboring states and ranchers say they will have to band together to protect their interests against potentially harmful environmental regulations. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service reports that the population of wolves in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho is now exceeds 12-hundred-60. That represents about a 20-percent increase over last year. The state of Wyoming is in court against the federal government. The state wants to classify wolves as predators that could be shot
Cheyenne, Wy – A legislative committee says Wyoming should put up more than 12 (M) million dollars to improve the quality of child care in the state and increase child care subsidies. The Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee today (Tuesday) voted 9-2 in favor of a sweeping child care bill. The Legislature will consider it in the legislative session that begins next month. Supporters say that improving child care is necessary for the state's continued economic development. Some opponents question