Cheyenne, WY – The state of Wyoming is joining Utah and Alaska in challenging an Obama administration plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection. Wyoming filed papers Thursday in federal court in Utah seeking a judge's permission to join the lawsuit that Utah filed last month. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says he hasn't had any success in asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to rescind the wilderness protection order. Mead says the lawsuit is now Wyoming's best option to fight the
Casper, WY – New census data show Wyoming ranks sixth in the nation for education spending per pupil. The state spent about $14,600 per student in elementary and secondary public schools on average in 2008-09, up from $13,800 in 2007-08. Neighboring Utah spent the least per pupil in 2009, $6,400. The national average increased to $10,500 per pupil in 2009.