Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming State Board of Education will hold a conference call today (Monday), to discuss private school licensing issues. Wyoming has developed a reputation as a haven for unaccredited colleges and universities -- a reputation some in the state would like to change. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride is among those who have called for tougher regulations on unaccredited schools. But NOT everyone agrees that Wyoming should curb the institutions.
Cheyenne, Wy – Those who thought there have been too many fishing tournaments in the Glendo reservoir will get a boost this summer. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it will provide a two week tournament free period in June. Game and Fish Spokesman Jeff Obrecht says they will provide the two weeks after hearing from fishermen. Obrecht says the Game and Fish has also changed some regulations for the new year and he urges anglers to review the new rules.
Laramie, Wy – A mail truck on its way to Wyoming was involved in a fatal crash this morning. It happened on Interstate 25 near Fort Collins and involved two semi-trucks and, perhaps, a Wyoming vehicle. The Colorado State Patrol says the driver of a truck hauling U-S Mail rolled the trailer onto its side and a second semi then slammed into the back, scattering mail across the interstate. The 62-year-old driver of the second semi died at the scene.
Laramie, Wy – A committee on the University of Wyoming campus is going to start looking for ways to cut down on the amount of water and other resources used there. It will also promote existing efforts. The co-chair of the committee, Jon Benson, says they don't have any specific projects in mind, but will work some suggestions from students that took a class on sustainable university campuses. A Vice President on campus says with all the construction going on now and over the next decade it makes sense to look at ways to build and renovate that are energy efficient.
Laramie, Wy – Campbell County should have a new coal mine operating in the next few years. Arch Coal Incorporated and Peabody Energy this week announced an agreement that officials said would allow Peabody to develop its new School Creek Mine. A spokesperson for Peabody, said the mine could begin producing up to 40 million tons of coal annually by 2008. She said the mine would employ more than 300 people. The School Creek Mine, 60 miles south of Gillette, will be the 15th coal mine in Campbell County when it's completed.
Laramie, Wy – Avalanches in Teton County have claimed their second victim of the winter. An Idaho skier died Thursday. Laurel Dana from Victor, Idaho, was killed when an avalanche swept more than 2,000 vertical feet down Taylor Mountain and buried her under three feet of snow. Other skiers and snowboarders located Dana using a signal from her avalanche beacon and dug her out but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. The first death this winter was Jesse Humphries from Riverton. He died while snowmobiling on Togwotee Pass.
Laramie, Wy – The executive director of the Wyoming Mining Association says his sympathy is with the families of the 12 men that died in a West Virginia coal mine this week. Marion Loomis says even with that tragedy he does not think miners in Wyoming are more nervous about going underground. He says they focus on safety and are constantly vigilent, but that does not decrease the communities sadness about the deaths in West Virginia.
Laramie, Wy – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is still in the town of Wright. Six months after a tornado ripped through the community FEMA is working to ensure people affected are taken care of. The agency supplied 60 mobile homes to replace trailers destroyed by the tornado. Mayor Ralph Kingan is complimentary of FEMA. He says the only thing the federal government could have done better was to improve the National Weather Service's Doppler radar. He says the radar based is out of Rapid City, SD and Riverton, WY and there is inadequate covering for Campbell County.
Laramie, Wy – Seven feet of snow has fallen in western Wyoming since late December. During that time the state's eastern plains have seen little precipitation. A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says a westerly flow off the Pacific Ocean carried the snow in the western mountains, while the mountains of the Continental Divide have stopped the system from carrying moisture to eastern Wyoming. The snowfall, of course, is good news for skiers.
Laramie, Wy – Most of the gray wolf pups born in Yellowstone National Park last year have died. A federal wolf expert believes a dog disease - parvo virus - may have caused the dramatic loss. The park's wolf project leader says only 22 of the 69 pups born last year are still alive -- the biggest drop in pup numbers since wolves were reintroduced to the park eleven years ago. The greatest toll was on the park's northern range, where just eight of the 49 pups born last spring survived. Smith termed it a "catastrophic" loss.