Casper, WY – Casper City Manager Tom Forslund says the city will need to layoff 17 people if it wants to balance its budget next year. Council members were to discuss the matter Monday during an afternoon work session. In a memo sent Friday, Forslund says the 5.5 percent drop in payroll this year isn't enough to balance the budget. Currently there are 30 vacant positions out of 550 city jobs and the additional cuts will be needed to match expenses with projected revenue.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Business Council is about to start giving out rebates for the purchase of certain energy - efficient appliances. The program is funded by the stimulus package , and nearly 500 thousand dollars will be available to state residents starting on April 15th. Heather Tupper with the state energy office says people interested should start researching which appliances qualify and the process of getting the rebate. She says it's important to be prepared, because there is a lot of interest in this program.
Laramie, Wyo. – Three members of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers are in Riverton this weekend. They'll discuss big topics including how to save the planet. Margaret Behan represents the Arapaho and Cheyenne Indian tribes. She says there are two main goals for the Wyoming visit.
"Our mission is to bring world peace for our grandchildren and great grandchildren and to heal mother earth," she said. "We believe that all of this work can be done as you and I are speaking now."
Laramie, Wyo. – Federal Census officials say that Wyoming's return rate for census forms is slightly below the national average. Several communities are going to try to increase the rate this weekend. Sublette County is a particular concern. Deborah Cameron with the U-S Census Bureau says part of the problem is the large number of transient energy workers in that county.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Treasurer Joe Meyer says he's getting ready to make an announcement on his re-election plans. The veteran Republican politician says he says he plans an announcement Monday in Cheyenne. He declined to say in advance whether he will run again. Meyer was elected state treasurer in 2006. He also has served as Wyoming attorney general and secretary of state. Meyer is a longtime friend of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Meyer underwent surgery for lung cancer late last year.
Laramie, Wyo. – A University of Wyoming trustee says the university should take steps to evaluate and protect academic freedom in the wake of the canceled Bill Ayers visit. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has more.