Laramie, Wy – A petition drive to remove the sales tax from groceries will begin by June 1st. That's according to the organizer, Democratic state Representative Ann Robinson of Casper. Wyoming is one of 13 states with no exemption or reduction of the sales tax on food. Robinson says with mineral revenues so high, now is the time to remove the grocery tax. She says it's a straightforward way to distribute some of that mineral wealth directly to the people.
Laramie, Wy – A state trooper is hospitalized after an accident this morning. The trooper was making a U-turn and a tractor-trailer rig hit his vehicle. The man was admitted to St. Johns Hospital in Jackson where he was being treated for broken bones, bruised kidneys and minor cuts and abrasions. The accident happened about four miles southeast of Hoback Junction. The truck driver was not injured and was driving the speed limit at the time of the accident.
Casper, Wy – A longtime Casper educator says Wyoming still has a long ways to go in its efforts to be more diverse. School administrator Mel Hamilton says he has encountered some racial opposition since he was elevated in the district. Hamilton says blacks are fine, until they strat to advance.
Gillette, Wy – Residents near the Eagle Butte coal mine north of Gillette are raising concerns about the mine's expansion plans. Neighbors of the operation are worried about increased dust, the rerouting of U-S Highway 14-16 and a potential drop in property values. Foundation Coal West has applied for a federal lease to mine a tract just west of the existing operation three miles north of Gillette. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which administers the area
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