Laramie, WY – Results from Wyoming's latest A-C-T test scores show the state's average score didn't improve this year, and remains below the national average.
Last spring's Wyoming high-school juniors and seniors averaged a score of 20 out of 36, which was the same score achieved in 2009. Results also show that only 17-percent of Wyoming students are ready for English, reading, math and science at the college level.
Wyoming does require that juniors take the ACT, a practice not common across the rest of the country.
Jackson, WY – Teton County voters will be asked to support a two percent lodging tax in November. Local government agencies agreed to put the measure on the ballot. Valley residents have voted against a similar measure three times, but officials are hopeful. 60 percent of the money raised would go to promoting Jackson Hole, while 30 percent would go to services such as busing. 10 percent goes to local government. The tax would be paid by visitors to Teton County.
Laramie, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management says it is considering giving fertility control vaccines to more wild horses in the Pryor Mountains. BLM spokesman Greg Albright said Wednesday that about 70 percent of mares in the approximately 150-horse herd have been given fertility vaccines over the last two years. Agency officials say expanding that program could reduce the need for periodic roundups that are held to keep the herd's size under control. Horse advocates have fiercely oppose previous roundups,
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming researchers have received a $1.5 million federal grant to study how much carbon dioxide can be permanently stored underground. UW's project was one of 15 nationwide to receive money from the U.S. Energy Department for studying various facets of carbon capture and migration in different types of geologic formations. UW's study will be conducted in southwest Wyoming's Rock Springs Uplift. The hope is that the research will help the U.S. reduce emissions of greenhouse gas as well as develop and deploy