Cheyenne,Wy – A treatment system will be built to remove any trace of an industrial solvent getting into Cheyenne's water supply from a former Atlas missile site. U.S. Sen. John Barrasso last week announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build the system to remove trichloroethylene, which is better known as TCE. Cost of the system that will break down the chemical by exposing it to air was not immediately released. Long-term exposure to TCE can lead to liver problems or cancer.
Cheyenne,Wy – Virtual medicine is changing the way physicians treat patients in Wyoming. The expansion of telehealth also offers new opportunities to bridge the state's gaps in care. Patients who must leave rural communities to see a specialist will soon be able to find this expertise at home. Today, 24 of Wyoming's 26 hospitals are outfitted with videoconferencing equipment. Dr. James Bush is chairman of the Wyoming Telehealth Consortium and Medicaid director for the Wyoming Department of Health.
Casper, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Education is collecting data about teachers' academic past for a legislative committee examining whether the state's salaries and benefits are attracting the best candidates. The data being collected for the study this year includes information on where current educators went to college, what their grades were, and how well they did on a teaching test known as Praxis II. The Wyoming Department of Education says the data will not be shared with anyone outside the department and won't be used to rate
Laramie, Wyo. – Wyoming Democratic Party Chair Leslie Petersen filed to run for governor today, the final day of the filing period. That gives the Democrats their first strong contender for the governor's seat.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Former Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Trent Blankenship has filed to run again for the office. Blankenship resigned as superintendent in June 2005, citing time away from his family and political fights with Gov. Dave Freudenthal.
Blankenship worked as a school superintendent in Alaska after leaving Wyoming. He's been back in Wyoming since March 2009, working as an instructional facilitator at the Wyoming Indian School in Pavillion.
Laramie, Wyo. – Gas prices in Wyoming are cheaper than in several neighboring states right now. That's according to the website Gas Buddy.com. Its senior petroleum analyst, Patrick DeHaan says the best prices in Wyoming are in the southeast and in Sheridan, while the most expensive are in the northwest.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The taxable value of Wyoming minerals have plummeted 38.3 percent this year.
The Wyoming Department of Revenue reported the statewide mineral values for 2010, based on 2009 production, decreased from $20.3 billion to $12.5 billion.
Revenue Department Director Ed Schmidt says the percentage drop is severe because mineral values were unusually high in 2008. But he says it's also more consistent with what it's been in previous years.