Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Water development commission is preparing to work with a consultant to address water problems in the Pavillion area. Commission Director Mike Purcell says the water has some serious contamination problems and they want to find a long term solution.
"What needs to happen so that this does not become a lingering problem," says Purcell. "We'll be looking at water supply options for domestic water users who are having problems with the quality of their water."
Rawlins, WY – The city of Rawlins is using a Wyoming Business Council grant of $247,000 grant to improve the energy efficiency of the Rawlins Family Recreation Center. The grant will be used to add new doors, windows, lighting and insulation.
City engineer Kent Kisselman says the top priority is replacing windows and doors because they let in heat during the summer - and lose heat in winter.
City Manager Steve Golnar says improving energy efficiency is a city council priority.
Jackson, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced that it checked more than 35,000 boats for invasive zebra and quagga mussels over Labor Day weekend.
Twenty boats were determined to be high risk and were decontaminated but no living mussels were found.
The emergency inspections to prevent the mussels from getting established in state waters began in May. State lawmakers passed a law this year requiring the inspection of boats entering Wyoming park lakes and reservoirs.
Laramie, WY – The Democratic candidate for State Superintendent says Wyoming needs to improve reading skills for young students. State Senator Mike Massie says results from testing third graders are too low. On Wyoming's student exam only about half of third graders scored at proficient or above in reading. And on a national test only 33 percent of fourth graders were proficient or above. Massie says reading skills at an early age are vital for success later on.