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.
Wheatland, Wy – A proposed swap of Public Land in the Medicine Bow National Forest near Wheatland in exchange for some private land in the Devils Canyon area of the Big Horn Mountains has some Southeast Wyoming residents concerned. The issue will be discussed at a public meeting Thursday night. Laramie Recreationist Dennis Horning says the swap would result in the loss of some popular outdoor access areas.
Rock Springs, Wyoming – Sweetwater county voters said no to building a new methamphetamine addiction treatment facility. The proposed 10-million dollar, 100-bed rehab center would have brought patients together under one roof and allowed them to live where they are treated. Currently the county rents 50 apartments for addicts and then brings them in for treatment. But they have a waiting list of more than 40. Southwest counseling services director Linda Aker (acre) says this option is hardly meeting the need.
Jackson, Wy – Reckless skiers and snowboarders beware. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is seeking to make its slopes safer in the wake of five accidental deaths over the past two winters at the resort. Under the formal system of penalties, unsafe skiers or snowboarders could lose their pass for up to two weeks for a first violation, while two violations in a three-year span will result in an automatic one-year loss of lift privileges. The repercussions for reckless skiing are particularly harsh for repeat offenders,
Laramie, Wy – The Parks and Recreation Department in Cheyenne is proposing a 33 million dollar recreation center. Amenities at the center include five gyms, pools, a running track, and arts and crafts facilities. The Director of Recreation, Tom Bogan, says they will present this proposal to the city council Wednesday night. He says it is important because Cheyenne is the last sizeable city in Wyoming to have a rec center.