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
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Freudenthal's office is working to respond to what it calls a massive public records request filed by the Wyoming Republican Party. In a news release today (Tuesday), Freudenthal says he has "directed all state agencies and organizations to comply" with the requests. The state G-O-P has requested all documents related to the governor's use of state airplanes. In addition, the party wants all documents pertaining to business between state agencies and the law firms that employ the
Lander, Wyoming – The risk of wildfires in the Shoshone National Forest is about as high as it has ever been at this time of year. The forest's fire management officer says below-average snowfall this past winter, coupled with a dry April and a May have resulted in a dry and hazardous situation. Across the Big Horn Basin to the east of the Shoshone Forest, things aren't looking so bad right now. Bighorn National Forest Supervisor Bill Bass says his fire staff is expecting an average fire year.
Laramie, Wyoming – Three people in Wyoming died from the flu this winter. And the Department of Health says that's a low number, which reflects a mild flu season in the state. Doctor Richard Luce an epidemiologist says people's increased awareness about influenza may have helped make it a mild season. But Luce urges people to continue to get flu shots again this coming winter.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming saw seizures of illegal meth labs drop by 57 percent from 2004 to 2005, according to federal officials. The Bush Administration announced Monday that nationwide, the police seizure of illegal meth labs dropped more than 30 percent last year. The administration credits restrictions by states and drugstore chains that have limited access to ingredients used to make the highly addictive drug. In Wyoming, the number of methamphetamine labs shut down by law enforcement officials dropped from 21 in 2004 to 9 last year.
Laramie, WY – A request for 810-thousand dollars in state economic development grant money to help bring a private technology firm to Jackson is drawing objections. The State Loan and Investment Board will meet Thursday to determine whether to approve the grant. The board has received letters opposed to using public money for the proposal by Imagine Jackson, a Jackson community development organization.