The Wyoming Senate has given initial support to a bill that would allow State Parks to use entrance fees on things besides major building projects. But not everyone loves the idea.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Phil Nicholas of Laramie said it was difficult to raise park fees to pay for important capital construction and major maintenance projects and argued that it would be wrong to use the money for another purpose.
Bill and Martha Saunders are long-time Jackson residents. The couple was instrumental in founding the Jackson Hole Ski Club, and their family was also central in Wyoming's rodeo scene. Bill and Martha share memories of their rodeo experiences, including Martha's tour with the Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry.
The Northern Arapaho Tribe has written a letter asking the Environmental Protection Agency to put the brakes on an agency decision regarding the Wind River Reservation’s borders.
The EPA recently granted the Wind River Indian Reservation status as a state for the purpose of air monitoring, and in the process determined that Riverton is on tribal land. That decision has brought up civil and criminal jurisdictional issue for the city, and the state has requested that the EPA hold off on implementing it.
The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s spring exhibitions are now open to the public. Current displays feature everything from visiting artist Bently Spang’s burnt tree rubbings to student and faculty work to American Gothic landscapes. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a look at what goes into putting all that art on the wall.
Governor Matt Mead said that Wyoming is strong and getting stronger. During his annual State of the State address before the legislature, Mead urged lawmakers to invest in Wyoming.
"This investment should include increased support for local government, funding to complete a unified network, increased funding for school and courtroom security, for the elderly and those with developmental disabilities and for upgrading state institutions and facilities. Pay raises for teachers,UW, and other state employees."
Funding for statewide WPM infrastructure upgrades and replacements sought from State.
After years of loyal transmitting, WPM’s site equipment is obsolete, and often irreplaceable. WPM generated a $5 million over five years plan to address critical infrastructure needs. The loss of federal PTFP (Public Telecommunications Facilities Program) funding, which funded up to 50% of infrastructure needs for public radio stations, created a dire situation for WPM as well as national public broadcasters. The $5 million cost is more than WPM or the University of Wyoming can handle.