Laramie, Wy – The Sybille Education Center is closing its doors this summer. The facility, which allows people to see big game animals up close normally opens on May first, but this year the Game and Fish Department decided to keep the center closed to save money and do some repairs. Information Specialist Michelle Zitek says they will consider whether they can afford to reopen the center and run tours next year. She says they do not want to have it open if the service is not all that it can be.
Laramie, Wy – People from across Wyoming donated a total of two and a half tons of new school supplies, which will be sent to children in Baghdad. Leo Sanchez, from Casper, helped organize this effort and then drove the donations to Kansas City, he says when he arrived people were amazed with Wyoming's generosity. FedEx then flew the supplies to Baghdad where members of the military delivered them to schools. Sanchez says they got donations from every school district in the state.
Laramie, Wy – Just over one year after firing its last city manager the Laramie city council voted to terminate the contract of Bonnie Ridley-Kraft. She served as city manager for about eight months. After the vote mayor Fred Homer said the council did not have any confidence in Ridley-Kraft, who resigned from her last job. Still Homer says nothing stood out in her record when they reviewed her credentials that would have been a warning. He says the city manager profession is a tough one because few people serve for very long and you have nine bosses.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that voters do not have the right to impose term limits on state legislators through a ballot initiative. The ruling means about a dozen House and Senate members who were prohibited from seeking re-election this year can now do so if they choose.
Laramie, Wy – Many states around the country are dealing with the fact that many inmates will die in prison, and that inmates on average are getting older and will require more health care. The issue is starting to be a concern in Wyoming. State Corrections Director Bob Lampert notes that Wyoming has an older population overall, and many of those could end up in the prison system. For that reason, Lampert is considering elderly care as they move forward with a new prison.
Laramie, Wy – The Laramie city council is expected to decide the fate of the Laramie city manager tonight. Officials have been negotiating with Bonnie Ridley-Kraft over the past several days after telling her that they want to make a change. The issue will be over a severance package. It could be the second straight year that Ridley-Kraft has left a City Manager's Post without completing a year on the job. She worked eight months in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Sheridan, Wy – A group of Sheridan homeowners claim coal-bed methane development is lowering water well levels, but a drilling company denies the charge. Allison Cole of Beatty Spur Subdivision north of Sheridan claims methane development is reducing well production and water levels. However, Bill DeLapp of J-M Huber Corporation disputes that methane development is to blame. He says a number of other reasons could explain the drop, including drought, increased water well density in the subdivision
Cheyenne – Wyoming legislators can now stop the constant hand-wringing over term limits. The Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that voters do not have the right to impose term limits on legislators, saying that such a change can only be done through a constitutional amendement. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob beck reports that lawmakers who were facing term limits are pleased, but a man who got the law passed in 1992 is furious.