Ethete, Wyo – The Northern Arapaho tribe's effort to raise money for scholarships still has a long way to go. The Arapaho Educational Trust Capitol Campaign says that it has raised $576-thousand of a $5-million goal for tribal scholarships. Launched in January, the Capitol Campaign aims to provide 16 scholarships in the amount of $15,000 each to tribally enrolled Arapaho students. Arapaho Educational Trust Development Coordinator, Jola WallowingBull says the tribe is looking to the future by providing money for higher education.
Laramie, WY – A fire broke out at the historic Hitching Post Inn and Resort in Cheyenne this morning. A passerby noticed heavy smoke coming from the lobby area of the building at 6:24 and called the fire department.
Division Chief for Cheyenne Fire and Rescue, John Narva, says crews were on the scene within five minutes of the call, but the fire was still going this afternoon, so he says the cause of the fire is unknown.
Jackson, WY – Transportation officials are leaning toward expanding a highway that runs through elk habitat near Jackson.
At issue is the reconstruction of seven miles of U.S. 89 from Melody Ranch to Hoback Junction. The final environmental impact statement done by the state and the Federal Highway Administration favors expanding the road to five lanes for most of the route.
Many residents fear that will lead to more accidents with wildlife during the winter.
Laramie, WY – According to the audit the deficit is about 360 thousand dollars, which is due to unpaid bills by insurance companies and patients. The audit found the residency program has struggled to keep up with its accounts. Especially over the last five years when the patient load tripled and the office staff hasn't grown at all. The spokeswoman for U-W, Jessica Lowell, says they have hired an outside agency to try and collect the unpaid bills.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Education is putting out an annual look at the latest information on school districts. It's called the Education Summary and it has graduation rates, scores on the A-C-T test and per-pupil funding listed by district. However, there are no results from the statewide student assessment. State Superintendent, Jim McBride says normally that information is available.