Washington D-C – Representative Barbara Cubin remains hospitalized after suffering a heart attack at Dulles International Airport. Cubin spokesman Joe Milczewski says Cubin was headed back to Wyoming on Friday when she felt chest pains. Blood tests and electronic monitoring showed she had a mild heart attack, and Cubin underwent surgery to place a stent in an artery that was 70 percent blocked. She was expected to be released July 12th, when Congress reconvenes from July Fourth recess.
Casper, Wy – While the Sierra Club has placed Wyoming's Red Desert on a list of of the 50 most endangered places in the United States, an official in the oil and gas industry says that's an overblown assessment. The Sierra Club says it put the Red Desert on its America's Great Outdoors list because of plans to drill ten-thousand oil and gas wells in southwestern Wyoming. The environmental group says that drilling not only threatens wildlife habitat, it could eventually do harm to Wyoming's tourism and ranching industries.
Yellowstone National Park – Separate searches for three people missing in Yellowstone National Park continue today. In the northern part of the park, searchers are looking for a 13-year-old Boy Scout who fell into the Yellowstone River nearly two weeks ago, and a woman whose vehicle plunged into the river last week. Crews to the south are using deep water search boats to locate the body of a canoeist who disappeared on Lewis Lake on Saturday. The man was identified today as 59-year-old Joseph Miller from Seattle.
Laramie, Wy – The state Department of Education is retiring its student assessment system. The exam known as WyCAS was in use for seven years, it will be replaced by a test dubbed PAWS. Deputy Superintendent, Annette Bohling, says during the last seven years there was a five to eleven percent improvement in all areas. Plus WyCAS is considered one of the toughest tests in the nation. But, Bohling says they had no choice but to make changes because of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Laramie, Wy – The state of Wyoming is moving forward with a plan to petition the federal government to remove protections for the grey wolf. The Game and Fish Commission must sign off the plan and they will discuss the idea this month. Previously the federal government rejected Wyoming's plan for managing wolves. If they had accepted it the feds would have filed to remove the protections.
Laramie, Wy – One-hundred-fifty-three new laws go on the books in Wyoming Friday, including one that will hold public officials more accountable. Other new statutes will reduce the penalties for candidates who fail to file campaign finance reports on time; penalizing people who host youth drinking parties; bolster security for livestock records; and tighten controls on cold medicines used to make methamphetamine.
Casper, WY – State lawmakers are trying to determine the proper balance between academic and vocational courses in Wyoming high schools. State Senator Rae Lynn Job of Rock Springs says a growing number of students are interested in vocational training and that that's where the jobs are. A consultant told a legislative committee Thursday that schools feel increasing pressure to increase vocational alternatives. But there is concern that doing so might lower test scores and hurt the school in light of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Transportation unveiled the Multi Lane Initiative Thursday. It highlights the two lane roads around the state that are the most dangerous and in need of expansion. The Senate Chair of legislature's transportation committee, John Barrasso, says this initiative includes hundreds of miles of work and each mile costs over a million dollars to expand. He says the committee looked over the plan and in the future will prioritize road construction plans