Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming students getting Pell Grants will be eligible for more grant funding. The U-S department of education has accepted Wyoming's application to join the Academic competitive grant program. Students must qualify for a pell grant and complete a rigorous high school curriculum. Governor Dave Freudenthal was excited about the news because it coincides with some other college funding efforts the state is involved with, including the Hathaway scholarship. Students could get 750 dollars in their first year of college and 13-hundred dollars in year two.
highways – In fact, they are telling drivers to be wary of deteriorating roads in coming years. The district engineer for the western part of the state is John Eddins. He is especially concerned about the impacts on roads from the massive gas development going on in that part of the state. Eddins says there are already a lot of trucks impacting highways those 80 thousand pound plus loads put a tremendous amount of wear and tear on the road. It also cause problems with traffic. I worry that without necessary improvements in the future that our accident rate could go up.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming's Governor is still disappointed that the state was not a finalist for a government clean coal technology project .but he says they are not done pushing for such projects. Dave Freudenthal also finds it interesting that the state of Texas plans to use Powder River Basin Coal if they get awarded the final project. But while he is discouraged he says the state still plans to push for such a project in this state.
Laramie, Wy – An independent audit says Wyoming lacks a consistent data-reporting system to measure success of the state's drug court program. The state's Management Audit Committee on Wednesday approved an audit report on the state's drug court system, drafted by the nonpartisan Legislative Service Office. Republican House Speaker Randall Luthi of Freedom chairs the committee. He says the report should be released tomorrow (Thursday.) Speaking this afternoon (Wednesday), Luthi said the report found
Laramie, Wy – The FutureGen clean-coal facility will NOT be coming to Wyoming. Two communities in Illinois and two in Texas are finalists. Senator Mike Enzi notes that it was tough to overcome the clout of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of Illinois and President Bush. Governor Dave Freudenthal also expressed disappointment, but notes that a high altitude facility might be a future option for the state. Senator Craig Thomas says it is critical for such a facility to be built in the west. The project could bring an estimated one-thousand construction jobs and 150
Cheyenne, Wy – Officials with Wyoming State Parks are concerned about the condition of roads within the state park system. They are asking legislators to address a 30 year backlog of road maintainance needs. A committee is considering 15 million dollars in next years legislative session.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Bible camp in northern Albany county has closed during an investigation into the cause of stomach ailments that have affected more than 30 people who have visited there since last month. According to the Wyoming Health Department, the directors of Camp Grace near Wheatland voluntarily shut down the camp on July 19th. Health Department spokeswoman Kim Deti said today (Tuesday) the department has ordered the camp to remain closed while the situation is being investigated.
Thermopolis, Wyomng – A district court judge has ruled in favor of the Thermopolis Independent Record in a case over access to information. The local newspaper's editor Pat Schmidt says his reporters once had access to jail rosters that explained why someone was being held. But Schmidt says the county attorney advised jail officials to remove that information. Judge Hunter Patrick ruled against the county saying the paper does indeed have a right to know why a person has been incarcerated. Hot Springs county attorney Dan Caldwell declined to comment.