Laramie, Wy – Governor Freudenthal Tuesday released a report his campaign produced on his first three-and-one-half years in office. The report offers praise for the Republican-dominated Legislature while concluding that the state is on the right track after his first term. The report marks the kickoff of Freudenthal's re-election campaign. It states that he and the Legislature have relied on a culture of cooperation to develop Wyoming's energy resources while diversifying the economy and investing in its people.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming is investigating a possible security breach involving the database the college keeps on all its alumni. Robert Aylward is vice president for information technology and leading the investigation. He stressed that it isn't known whether a breach actually occurred and there was no hacking from anyone outside the university into the Advance Alumni Database. He says the investigation centers on whether someone who already work with the database may have had a higher level of access than permitted.
Laramie, Wy – Several planned developments could help address the critical housing shortage in Gillette over the next couple of years. And a major coal producer is working with one of the developers. Rio Tinto Energy America operates three coal mines in the Powder River Basin. The company announced Monday that it has sold 44 acres of land to developer Michael Johnson. Rio Tinto says its contract with Johnson includes giving preferential advance notice to Rio Tinto employees regarding available housing. But the housing will still be available to the general public.
Laramie, Wy – The city of Cheyenne has unveiled a new networking technology for city agency workers and emergency officials. The wireless . broadband network will help police officers for example tap into fingerprint or mugshot files while on the road. Technology maker Alvarion's vice president of marketing Patrick Leary says Cheyenne's wide-ranging use of the technology surpasses most other American cities'.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's senators got some earmarks on recent bills that directly benefit their constituents. Senator Craig Thomas worked with Montana's Max Baucus to add language to the bill extending the Wool Research Trust Fund. That fund provides grant money for promotion of domestic wool. And Thomas says the program has helped Wyoming ranchers improve their markets both at home and abroad.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Employment is stepping up its "Embrace Safety for Life" campaign for workplace safety. Cynthia Pomery is director of the Wyoming Department of Employment. She says the growth of high-paying jobs in mining and the oil-and-gas industries have prompted many veteran workers to switch careers. That's good for the paycheck. But it can also put people into jobs they didn't realize were more dangerous than their old jobs. State and federal officials say Wyoming is seeing more workplace accidents.