Laramie, Wyo. – The Governor wants legislators to make sure that Wyoming's funding for education is serving its purpose. Governor Dave Freudenthal says Wyoming puts more money per student into education than almost any other state, but that test scores remain too low and dropout rates too high.
Laramie, Wyo. – Crofts Indians 1 One of the first tasks facing Wyoming's new U.S. Attorney is to work to improve public safety on the Wind River Reservation. The U.S. Attorney General has announced a new focus on public safety in Indian Country. The Justice Department has also committed funding, along with legal and FBI help to the effort.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal has scheduled a news conference to discuss his proposals for new laws for Wyoming's wind energy industry.
Freudenthal has said he'd like to introduce a bill in the legislative session that starts Feb. 8 to tax wind energy production.
The Governor's Office declined to release specifics about the proposed legislation in advance of Monday's meeting. The Legislature's Task Force on Wind Energy has also recommended legislation related to the wind industry.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. – The National Park Service has scheduled open houses in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Washington, D.C., to discuss its long-term winter use plan for Yellowstone National Park.
The agency announced Friday the start of an environmental study to develop new winter rules for the park.
The study will consider snowmachines, guiding requirements, air quality, wildlife, natural soundscapes, visitor experience, socioeconomics and other topics.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Health says the state's "compliance check" program is seeing growing success. The program sends minors into stores to try to buy alcohol or tobacco. The store fails the check if it sells the substance to the minor, and law enforcement may then cite the clerk for illegal sales to a minor.
Laramie, WY – An old neighborhood in Laramie has been added to the National Register of Historic places. It's officially known as the University Neighborhood Historic District, but in Laramie it's more commonly called the tree area. It is located south of the University campus.
Cheyenne, Wy – The legislatures Joint Appropriations committee has voted to increase the amount of money local government will get in the state budget. The Governor had recomended 157 million dollars, but today (Thursday) the J-A-C voted to increase that amount to 175-million. But it will still be about 300 million less than local governments receive in the current budget.