Cheyenne, Wy – A threat by the state of Wyoming to sell off two square miles of land inside Grand Teton National Park may be resolved today with a vote. Top Wyoming officials including Gov. Dave Freudenthal are scheduled to vote on a plan under which the federal government would buy the state land piece by piece over several years. Wyoming has owned the pristine land in Jackson Hole since statehood. The state leases the land for grazing, bringing in little money compared to what the state could get by selling the
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Former Wyoming Senator Al Simpson says the best way to deal with the growing federal debt is to cut the federal budget. Speaking in Cheyenne today, the co-chair of President Obama's fiscal commission sought support for the commission's reform plan. That proposal recently failed to get enough votes to go to Congress for its consideration.
Las Vegas, NV – A panel of Democratic and Republican governors from throughout the West say the Endangered Species Act hurts businesses, property owners and farmers to protect amimals and plants that may not be at risk.
Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming said there is little trust or cooperation between federal officials writing the laws and state leaders required to enforce them.
Cheyenne, Wy – The state Department of Education says 97 schools and five districts in Wyoming did not meet education standards as defined by federal law. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride announced Tuesday that 72 percent of Wyoming schools made so-called adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act. Schools and districts are required to continually improve their students' achievement in language arts and mathematics from year-to-year to meet a federal mandate that all students are
Laramie, WY – Authorities in Wyoming say a worker was killed while helping build a natural gas pipeline. Sweetwater County sheriff Rich Haskell said that 62-year-old Elvin Loggins of Bronson, Texas died Saturday after he was apparently crushed by a large section of pipe. Loggins, a welder, was taken to Memorial Hospital of Rock Springs, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy performed Monday showed no evidence of foul play. The pipeline is being built for Snelson Companies, Inc.
Laramie, WY – The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is encouraging energy companies involved in the southeast Wyoming Niobrara oil play to do baseline water testing. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has more.