Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Lisa Wilcox with the Bears Program for the Defenders of Wildlife about a plan from the federal government to remove the federal endangered species act protections from grizzly bears.
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with UW President Tom Buchanan about a plan for parking around the University of Wyoming campus.
Laramie, Wy – Jackson Hole residents want organizers of a possible business school to commit to saying where in their area the facility might eventually be built. A steering committee is looking at establishing a Teton Institute of the University of Wyoming. Initially the institute would host business seminars in Jackson Hole. Eventually, that could be expanded into a business school.
Laramie, Wy – An attorney for the town of Alpine has dropped a request for a judge to suspend a bar's liquor license. Alpine officials say they've received reports of underage drinking, poker games and exotic dancing at the Bull Moose Saloon. But the liquor license for the Bull Moose Saloon expires in just seven weeks. Alpine town attorney Jim Lubing says with that in mind, it's NOT worth the town's time and effort to ask a court to withdraw the liquor license. Bull Moose owner Jim Blittersdorf says town officials have a "vendetta" against the bar.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming's highways need a lot of improvement. The director of the Department of Transportation, John Cox, is asking the governor for 155 million dollars to rebuild and maintain roads. Cox says the state has a lot of catching up to do because the condition of roads is getting worse quickly and they have seen less money from the state and federal government. Cox says that money from the federal government is also not going as far because the cost of road construction is so much more expensive now. He says that means WyDOT is doing a lot fewer projects.
Cheyenne, Wy – The legislature's revenue committee proposed a change to how money is distributed throughout state government. The bill sends more revenue to cities, counties, the university and a host of other entities. It also reduces what the state would save in its reserve account. Senator Jane Mockler, a Democrat says this is not a good way to distribute funds. Mockler would prefer giving more money to entities that prove they have a need. Under THIS bill even counties that are flush would automatically get more funding.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming's proposed School of Energy Resources is moving ahead. A legislative committee drafted a bill to establish the school. U-W President Tom Buchanan told trustees that the bill has everything they wanted.The legislatures Joint Minerals, Revenue and Economic Development committee will take the issue up in December. The legislation seeks to provide nationally competitive undergraduate and graduate instruction in the energy field .and enhanced energy related research.
Laramie, Wy – A study looking at how the University of Wyoming can get more high school graduates into college suggests some key emphasis. Researcher Andy Hansen told U-W Trustees that getting students eligible for college is key but he believes it can happen. Hansen says throwing money at the problem won't help but he thinks the Hathaway scholarship which rewards student performance will help. But Hansen says two other things must occur...a challenging curriculum and getting students thinking out college in middle school.