Laramie, Wy – People in Wyoming that buy cigarettes online may soon get a bill for the state taxes they owe. Because of a federal law Internet tobacco companies must report sales to the states. Dan Noble from the Department of Revenue says they just received the first reports. He says what they do next is send letters to the people on the report asking them to pay sales tax. Noble knows getting the money could be a challenge because in other states when residents receive they letter they are not very happy.
Lararmie, Wy – The proposal to build houses, a golf course and some commercial space near Teton Village went down last night. Three of the five Teton County Commissioners voted against the proposal by Snake River Associates. That group of families owns the land and would have included 200 affordable housing units and 1300 acres of open space. A consultant for the families, Liz Brimmer, says they will now pursue building ten subdivisions.
Laramie, WY – A proposal to phase out three elk feedgrounds in the Gros Ventre area east of Jackson Hole may not get too far on its own. Wyoming Brucellosis Coordination Team Chairman Frank Galey says they are considering the proposal made by three conservation groups and keeping an open mind about it. But he says the initial reaction was that the proposal should be addressed as part of a recommendation already made by the task force. That recommendation is to have the Game and Fish Department draft plans to manage for brucellosis in each of western Wyoming's elk herds.
Ranchester, Wy – Trustees in a rural Sheridan County school district have raised base pay for teachers and administrators by 12-hundred-50 dollars a year, and for non-faculty staff by 25 cents an hour. Sheridan County School District Number-One serves about 900 students from Big Horn, Dayton, Ranchester and Parkman. Last night's (Monday's) vote brings base pay for certified staff to 30-thousand-dollars a year, a recommendation of Superintendent Sue Belish. Trustees also approved Belish's recommendation for a one-time
Cheyenne, Wy – Health Care continues to be a growing concern as Wyoming gets older. Last week a report suggested that rural populations could have difficulty providing health care to elderly residents in the state. According to the recent census, Wyoming's growth is coming from the Baby Boomer population. The Director of Wyoming's Division on Aging, Beverly Morrow says as the state's population greys, this will become a statewide issue. Morrow says the lack of doctors and nurses will be a huge problem as older people settle in the state and are in need of services.
Laramie, Wy – A study comparing each state's student assessment test to a test given nationally shows that Wyoming's old exam was a tough one. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act states must create a test and define proficiency. This study says Wyoming's is one of the five most difficult. But, next year students in this state will take a new assessment exam. Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Annette Bohling, says with the change they do expect more students to show they are proficient, but not because they are making it easier.
Cheyenne, WY – A company that is considering Cheyenne for a 400-employee call center is holding a job fair Tuesday through Thursday. North Carolina-based Help Desk NOW has been running newspaper ads, trying to develop a database of possible Cheyenne employees. Tim Thorsen, Vice President of the economic development group Cheyenne LEADS, says the company will make its decision on Cheyenne based on the job fair. Thorsen says Help Desk NOW was hoping their ads would generate several hundred resumes and applications, but the company has only received about 150.
Denver, CO – With high gas prices and new technology, wind energy producers say this could be a landmark year for the industry. But for that trend to continue producers gathered at a conference in Denver this week say the federal government needs to extend a tax credit due to run out at the end of the year. The issue is now being considered by Congress. Legislation in the US House does not contain the credit and it's expected to be debated in the Senate this week.