State Asked to Run Territorial Prison

Laramie, Wy – A joint legislative committee is supporting a bill that turns the Wyoming Territorial Park in Laramie over to the state. State Parks officials say they will manage the historic sites, pay for long needed building improvements and hire additional staff to run the facility. They will also provide a steady income stream. Meanwhile, the Territorial Park Board will still play a role managing some additional facilities at the site and they will also host some local activities. Board President Julie Yates says the state will keep entrence fees down, which should make it open to more people including school children. She says if the deal does not go through the Territorial Prison may have to close its doors. The bill does need the approval of the full legislature.