Bismark, ND – The Bureau of Land Management says for the first time it's selling wild horses to American Indian tribes. The BLM has sold 141 horses to South Dakota's Rosebud Sioux tribe and 120 horses to the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota. More sales to tribes are planned in the next several weeks, bringing the total to more than 500 horses. The sales come amidst some controversy over an amendment to a congressional appropriations bill last year. That allowed for older wild horses sold at auction to be sent to slaughter.
Laramie, Wy – A U.S. District Judge has dismissed the lawsuit by the state of Wyoming against the federal government over wolf management. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rejected Wyoming's plan for controlling wolves and the state in turn filed suit. Attorney General Pat Crank says the federal government failed to follow the Endangered Species Act. But, this weekend the judge dismissed the lawsuit.
Laramie, Wy – U-S Senator Craig Thomas admitted for the first time last week that he is considering another run for re-election to the Senate. During an interview in Washington, Thomas suggested that he might seek another term. During a visit to Cheyenne over the weekend, Wyoming's Senior Senator admitted that he is giving it serious consideration, but has not completely made up his mind. But Thomas did put to rest any rumors that he would run for Governor, saying that he can do more for the state in Washington.
Laramie, Wy – Plans to begin the search for a new University of Wyoming president have already begun. After eight years as president of U-W, Philip Dubois is leaving June tenth to take a job as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. U-W Board of Trustees President Judy Richards says the board will have to sit down and figure out what it wants in a president. Trustee Thomas Spicer says the university's solid financial situation should make it easier to find a quality replacement.
Jackson, Wy – A team of experts has been given the go-ahead to spend 200-thousand dollars to start planning for a proposed business school in Teton County. The steering committee will have up to 945-thousand dollars to spend this year developing academic content, establishing tuition and finding a site or sites for the school. The committee is in turn under the direction of a joint legislative-executive oversight committee. It can't spend any money without the oversight committee's approval.
Cheyenne, Wy – WalMart Corperation will invest over 60 million dollars in Laramie County to build a new distribution warehouse on the edge of Cheyenne. It should create 600 new jobs. "This is the culmination of a process that started just over three years ago and has involved some courageous decisions by the LEADS Board of Directors and superb cooperation among State, County and City governments and their staffs. They have been wonderful to work with," said Randy Bruns, Cheyenne LEADS CEO.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming President Phil Dubois has taken the job as the next Chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In an e-mail to faculty and staff, Dubois said that he leaves U-W with regret, but also with an enormous sense of satisfaction that it is the right time to go. He says he accomplished his goals and thinks the University is stronger and more dynamic then at any previous time in its history. Dubois will leave Laramie in June.
Cheyenne, WY – The state's HIV-AIDS Program is again accepting new patients. The program that helps with care and drug costs was running short on money last fall and stopped accepting new patients. But the legislature granted a funding increase of over $600,000 during the recent session. The state share of the HIV-AIDS Program was previously just $125,000.