Cheyenne – Despite the fact the bill has sailed along, some state Senators are becoming leery about some aspects of the measure that would try and give more local control to school districts when it comes to graduation standards. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that Senators believe the bill could have some unintended consequences.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Senate decided Friday to kill a bill that was intending to return local control of graduation standards to school districts. Senator Hank Coe said despite good intentions, the bill potentially would have caused more problems for the state with the courts, and he urged Senators to vote against the measure. It could have returned to school districts more control over graduation requirements and removed the three tier system that would have been applied to a student's transcript.
Laramie, Wy – Rising uranium prices are prompting two companies to team up to reopen a uranium mine in southern Fremont County. Production of uranium oxide, or yellowcake, could begin around the middle of next year. The two companies are Riverton-based U.S. Energy, and Vancouver-based Bell Coast Capital Corporation. Keith Larsen is president of U.S. Energy. He says the closing of a couple North American uranium mills and less blended-down weapons-grade uranium from the former Soviet Union have contributed to rising prices.
Cheyenne, Wy – Representatives of local government say they were stunned and frustrated a bill that would have provided three years worth of enhanced revenue, was killed in a Senate committee. Despite the defeat of the measure local governments could still see one year's worth of similar increases because of an amendment in the House version of the budget. Senator Bob Peck says that is why he cast the deciding vote against the bill.
Cheyenne, Wy – A bill intended to give school districts control over graduation standards faces debate for a final time Friday. The bill also removes the three tier high school transcripts. But an Attorney General ruling that parts of the bill are in conflict with current law, is making Senators think twice about voting for the bill. Senators have been told that voting for it might also put them in conflict with a Supreme Court ruling on school reform. State Superintendent Trent Blankenship says he'd be upset if the bill gets defeated.
Laramie, Wy – A woman who is an author, business professor and president of Natural Capitalism Incorporated says the federal government could do more to help develop renewable energy. Hunter Lovins says ultimately the government would not offer subsidies to energy companies of any type, but since it does she would like a level playing field because right now of the 90 billion dollars the federal government pays out in subsidies for energy only one or two billion go to renewable energy.
Topic: Renny Mackay speaks with Hunter Lovins, President and founder of Natural Capitalism and co- creator of the Natural Capitalism concept about business to be more environmental sustainable and profitable.
Laramie, Wy – The state vehicle fleet just got bigger. General Motors is loaning the state a car the uses new technology to run cleaner than typical gas-powered vehicles. It's called a flexible fuel vehicle, and it's powered by a combination of gasoline and ethanol, a fuel made from corn. Roger Clark is a G-M spokesman. He says the company is lending cars to 28 different states, in hopes of generating more interest in alternative fuel vehicles.
Laramie, Wy – U-W, Montana State University and the Campbell County Conservation District are putting on a conference for landowners dealing with Coal Bed Methane development. It is called The Art of Compromise. One of the organizers Tanya Daniels says the event is needed because both sides need to understand each other better and sometimes they violate their agreements. Daniels says developers violate the agreements more than ranchers. She says she hopes to educate landowners about the resources available when they are trying to reach a compromise with a developer.