Laramie, Wyo. – A Republican candidate for State Auditor says that she would support using state economic development money to help fund daycare centers. The issue has become one of controversy after local daycare operators complained to the State Lands and Investment Board that the state was competing with them by building new daycare facilities.
Wyoming – Candidates for Governor from both parties faced off in debates on Aug 3 at the University of Wyoming. The debates were sponsored by Wyoming Public Radio and the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming. Democrats and Republican candidates held separate debates. Both were hosted and moderated by Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck.
AP – A federal judge has ordered endangered species protections reinstated for the gray wolf in Montana and Idaho.
The federal government last year removed protections for wolves in those two states but not Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy says in his ruling Thursday the government's decision was a political solution and does not comply with the federal Endangered Species Act.
Laramie, Wyo. – Final payroll and employment numbers for the fourth quarter of 2009 are out, and they show that payroll declined in 16 Wyoming counties in the final months of last year. According to the state Department of Employment, the biggest impacts were in Natrona, Campbell, Teton and Sweetwater Counties, where large job losses led to income losses totaling more than 174 million dollars.
Cheyenne, WY – Two Wyoming officials seeking re-election have used their state vehicles on the campaign trail and some lawmakers say they have concerns with the practice. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride and state Treasurer Joe Meyer say their use of state vehicles to campaign is incidental to official business and say they haven't done anything improper. State ethics law bars officials from using public equipment for campaigning unless it's incidental to state business. The law also
Jackson, Wy – A moderate earthquake has rattled parts of northwest Wyoming, but there are no initial reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.8 temblor struck shortly after 6 p.m. Mountain Time Wednesday. Its epicenter was about 25 miles east-northeast of Jackson and about 30 miles east of Teton Village. Rich Ochs is interim coordinator for Teton County Emergency Management. He says there were no reports of damage or injuries. Pete Jorgensen says he felt the quake near the town of Kelly,
wasington d-c – Sen. John Barrasso says he will vote against confirming Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court.President Barack Obama nominated Kagan to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens. Kagan is expected to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate this week. Barrasso based his opposition to Kagan on her decision as dean of Harvard Law School to bar military recruiters from the campus because of the military's policy against openly gay soldiers. The Wyoming Republican says he believes Kagan will allow
Laramie, Wyo. – Those involved with Wyoming's uranium business are excited about a possible resurgence, but others aren't so sure.
A number of new uranium projects are expected in the coming months. Donna Wichers is Senior Vice President of In-Situ Operations for Uranium One in Casper. She says in-situ uranium mining is going to be a growth industry Wyoming. "We have a bright future. I think the price is very stable these days, so we won't see a huge boom, but will see a steady development of new mines.