Sheridan College announced Tuesday that it has received the largest gift in the history of the school—a $25.3 million commitment from educational foundation Whitney Benefits.
The college says $16 million of the donation will be used to renovate and expand the fine and performing arts wing of Sheridan’s Whitney Academic Center. The funds will also help improve parking and renovate the Technical Education Center.
Whitney Benefits President Tom Kinnison says the updates at Sheridan College are much-needed and have been on the school’s to-do list for decades.
A member of State Superintendent Cindy Hill’s staff is hoping to replace her. Sheryl Lane is one of three Republican’s running for the right to face Democrat Mike Ceballos in the November general election.
Lane is a former classroom teacher and while she likes the fact that legislators are looking at improving school and teacher accountability, she does not like the way they are going about it. She says they have developed state accountability measures, something she opposes.
A cool, wet spring has Wyoming’s growing season off to a sluggish start. Ken Hamilton with the Wyoming Farm Bureau says some crops—like corn and sugar beets—were planted as much as three weeks later than usual. He says hay production has also been hurt by all the precipitation.
Not long ago, in an unexpected turn of events, Rawlins resident Sherrill Bailey adopted her grand-nephew. In this story, she explores the rewarding and complicated destiny of becoming a parent at 65 years old.
If a proposed plan is adopted, employers in the state could face some significant changes to how worker’s compensation sets its premiums. Right now, Wyoming only factors in how severe a company’s claims are. This new system—called a split plan-- would hold companies accountable for both severity and frequency, as is the case in most states.
The Big Horn Mountain Festival in Buffalo celebrates ten years of roots, bluegrass and Americana music at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, July 11 through 13. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer asked one of the organizers, Paul Jarvis, to remember the festival’s early years.
Teton County is planning to build affordable housing for local teachers.
The development in Wilson will include 11 homes. Each will have 3 bedrooms and cost no more than $422,500. The median sales price for residential properties in Jackson Hole last year was more than $550,000.
Commissioner Ben Ellis says he hopes the development will keep top teaching talent in Teton County.
Wyoming ranks among the best states for recent college graduates to live and work. That’s according to a recent analysis of changes in four-year college tuition rates, median household income and unemployment rates since the start of the financial crisis.
The Cheyenne Regional Medical Center will try to cut seventeen million dollars from its budget over the next two years.
"We are seeing decreased revenues coming from Medicare," says Jason Schenefield, Chief Operating Officer for Cheyenne Regional, as to why the cuts are necessary. "And things such as that which is really having us, along with hospitals around the country, trying to find ways of saving costs with declined revenues."
Schenefield also says decreased inpatient admissions is causing declining revenues.