Cheyenne, Wy – The State Loan and Investment Board gave final approval today (Thursday) to buying a 64-hundred-acre Converse County ranch for five-point-nine (M) million dollars. Owned by retired attorney Hugh Duncan, the Duncan Ranch is located between two mountain valleys on the northern end of the Laramie Range. It has been operated as a cattle ranch for more than a century. The Duncan Ranch includes timber that could be sold for harvest, wildlife and wildlife habitat resources, some cultural resources
Laramie, Wy – The federal Government is going to move forward with plans to lift endangered species protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies. But they say the holdup could come from the state of Wyoming. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service are at odds with the state over its wolf management plan and official say that delisting won't occur unless Wyoming fixes its plan. That does not sit well with the Wyoming Farm Bureau's Ken Hamilton, who says the state plan is more then adequate. He calls the governments calls for changes nothing short of blackmail.
Cheyenne, Wy – Teton County officials are hoping to finally resolve a school finance issue that the school district has battled for many years. They want the new school funding model to help them try and make up the difference for what it costs to live and work in Teton County. But many attempts at coming up with solution has failed. The issue frustrates Jackson Senator Grant Larson, especially when he hears people say that it is a benefit to teach in Jackson. He says housing costs keep them from retaining teachers.
Cheyenne, Wy – The state plans to use a million dollar federal grant to improve marketing of air service in Wyoming. Over the last two years, the state has invested heavily in efforts to attract new commercial flights to Wyoming airports. Grants have secured Northwest Airlines flights from Casper to Minneapolis and service between Cody and Denver, among other projects. But while Wyoming Aeronautics Division Administrator Shelly Reams touts the success of those efforts, she says the marketing side of the equation will determine long-term success.
Laramie, Wy – Rita Meyer made it official Tuesday -- she's running for state auditor. Meyer, of Cheyenne, served as chief of staff under former Governor Geringer from 1998-to-2002. Meyer is a colonel in the Wyoming Air National Guard. She has served in the guard in Afghanistan and in the first Iraq war. She has undergraduate degrees in business and education from the University of Wyoming, and master's degrees in business administration from Regis University in Denver.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming legislature will be asked to spend over 700 thousand to help the University of Wyoming hire faculty members to head up a new Center for Sustainable Business practices. But, a proposed Business Institute in Teton County has been placed on hold.
Cheyenne, Wy – A district court has ruled on the school finance model and says the state is in substantial compliance with the Supreme Court's requirements. It means that with some fine tuning the state is closer to finally having a sanctioned school funding model. The attorney who has handled the most recent case for the state is Mike O'Donnell. He says the district court ruling is a big deal; proving the system is constitutional.
Laramie, Wy – Former Speaker of the House Fred Parady says he is running for State Treasurer. He says his familiarity with state finances and his private business experience makes him a good candidate for the job. Parady says he would be conservative with state finances and praises the work of current Treasurer Cynthia Lummis. But he does think improvements can be made. Parady favors putting a lot of the current surplus into savings. He says a legislator for ten years and works for a company that operates a Trona Mine near Green River.