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.
Laramie, Wy – A Ten Sleep-based company that gives online English instruction to students around the world is looking at establishing an operations center in Sweetwater County. Michelle Hostetler of the Sweetwater Economic Development Association says Eleutian Technology is looking at Green River right now for a site. It could employ about 30 teachers. Eleutian uses Internet video conferencing to connect local teachers with South Korean students for English classes.