Laramie, Wy – A new report says more Americans are wearing seatbelts. Federal officials say that nationally 82 percent of the public is buckling up. While federal officials say they don't have reliable statistics about Wyoming Sergeant Steve Townsend of the Wyoming Highway Patrol says their most recent numbers show that 70 percent of people driving in Wyoming are wearing restraints, while just 56 percent of Wyoming residents are buckling up. That is a low number admits Townsend.
Cheyenne, Wy – Six University of Wyoming students hope to get investing experience by managing a (M) million dollars in state funds. The students are planning to go to the State Loan and Investment board tomorrow (Thursday) and ask for permission to invest half a (M) million dollars for now. If they get good returns on that investment, they plan to seek another half (M) million dollars next fall. All the students are business majors interested in investment management. They are Emerald Reid, of Cheyenne; Corey Bramlet, of
Laramie, Wy – The City of Laramie is moving forward with its comprehensive plan. Planner Roger Martin says they want to hear from community members about issues facing Laramie. As they look to the future one constant issue they will likely wrestle with is housing. Martin says finding affordable housing is always an issue but housing issues can be broad especially if you are looking to grow the economy. "good communities are healthy communities and people that come to them want to be in healthier neighborhoods".
Pinedale, Wy – Several environmental groups have filed an appeal with the U-S department of the interior asking that it halt additional winter-time drilling on the pinedale anticline. The Bureau of land management granted energy company Questar permission to add new wells and complete wells during the upcoming winter....activities environmental groups say could affect big game migration and habitat. Wyoming Outdoor Council's Bruce Pendery says the groups haven't opposed winter drilling before but the additional wells go too far.
Washington D-C – House Republicans have dropped a provision in budget legislation that would've allowed the sale of public lands for mining. Western senators had criticized the provision, which would've overturned a congressional ban that prevents mineral companies from buying public land at cheap prices if the land contains mineral deposits. Republican Representative Jim Gibbons of Nevada is author of the mining legislation. He revised the provision yesterday, in an attempt to gain Western support.
Cheyenne, Wy – A plan to try and help hospitals get more doctors was opposed by most interest groups and defeated by a legislative committee. Gillette Representative Tom Lubnau says he was trying to set up a situation where doctors affiliated with Hospitals could get benefits such as damage caps on their medical malpractice insurance. Lubnau checked and found that the bill was constitutional. He wanted to entice some private providers to work with hospitals see some of their patients.But the bill met lots of opposition.
Laramie, Wy – A fund for victims of last summer's tornado in Wright has grown to more than 400-thousand dollars. Donations poured into town coffers following the August disaster that damaged about a third of the town's homes and killed two people. Town officials formed the Wright Community Disaster Relief committee to disburse the donated money. About a third of money has been distributed so far. In all, 80 people have been helped, with 30 more applications partially processed.