Laramie, Wy – Word came this week that the Interior Department was changing its plans for how National Parks will be used and the Nation's conservation community is praising the decision. But some in the business community specifically those who cater to snowmobilers are disappointed. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne specifically noted that snowmobiling in national parks will not be the priority that some had been pushing for. Kempthorne wants more of a conservation emphasis in National Parks.
Laramie, Wy – The fire burning west of Laramie is still growing. So far 11 hundred acres have burned or are burning. The good news is crews did make headway containing more of the fire, now about a quarter of it is surrounded and contained. Clint Kyle with the National Forest says more personnel arrived today and that helped, so did cooler temperatures, but the forecast is for warmer weather and so they're fighting the fire aggressively. Kyle says the chances of this fire getting more serious depend on the weather. As of now though he says homes in the area are still safe.
Laramie, Wy – Effective July first, a new state law provides in-car screening devices that prevents a drunk person from starting the vehicle. It will go to people with multiple convictions for drinking and driving. The device detects alcohol on the driver's breath. Its makers say the device has a proven track record of making a city's streets safer. The device cost 70 dollars month -- which is paid by offenders.
Laramie, Wy – The first fire restrictions in state parks are in place. The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources says restrictions went into effect today (Thursday) at Glendo State Park. In addition, restrictions will take effect Monday at Guernsey State Park. Both parks are in southeast Wyoming. Open fires are restricted at Glendo and Guernsey, but propane cooking stoves and grills, propane fireplaces, and charcoal grills with a lid are still allowed.
Laramie, Wy – Once again, Wyoming athletics director Gary Barta is a candidate for a job at a bigger school. This time it's the University of Iowa, which has contacted Barta about its A-D opening. U-W spokesman Kevin McKinney confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) that the Hawkeyes had contacted Barta. Barta is attending a convention in New Orleans and is NOT available for comment. This is the third time in just over a year that Barta has been linked to another school's A-D job. In April 2005, he interviewed
Laramie, Wy – The fire in the Snowy Range near Laramie is now burning about 1000 acres. Officials are working to determine the exact size. But, fire information officer, Pam Wilson says it will be a few days before they get it contained or mostly under control. She says it is fortunate that the fire has not grown quickly like some fires in Colorado and the one that burned last week near Camp Guernsey in Wyoming. She says the water bombers and personnel are doing a good job containing the fire.
Laramie, Wy – Minimum wage workers won't be getting a raise anytime soon. A plan to hike the current rate of five dollars and 15 cents an hour fell eight votes short in the Senate today (Wednesday). Democrats back the increase, but Republicans call it a job killer. Although some states have a higher minimum wage, the federal rate has been the same since 1997. Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi offered an alternative that proposed a minimum wage increase of a dollar-ten over 18 months, in two steps.
Laramie, Wy – The State of Wyoming has paid 50-thousand dollars to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a former Wyoming prison inmate. Salvatore Lucido is a diabetic who blamed the state Department of Corrections and a private health care company for the loss of his lower right leg. Lucido was sentenced to prison after violating probation on a drug charge. In his lawsuit, Lucido charged that he developed sores on his feet when the staff at the state prison in Rawlins refused to give him appropriate shoes.
Laramie, Wyoming – A caravan in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the U-S Interstate system made a stop at the highest point of interstate 80 the Lincoln head monument outside of Laramie. 50 years ago next week President Dwight Eisenhower commissioned the creation of the state interstate system. American Association of state highway and transportation spokeswoman Jennifer Gavin says Eisenhower noted the need for an interstate after a long journey in the early 1900's across the old Lincoln Highway that took 62 days.
Cheyenne, Wy – A new report on graduation policies and rates says Wyoming is one of three states requiring the fewest high school credits needed to earn a standard diploma. The report says Wyoming, California and Wisconsin require students to earn 13 credits in order to graduate, while the national average is 20-point-five credits. The report was released today (Tuesday) by Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. Deputy state superintendent of public instruction Annette