Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming is seeking $82 million in federal economic stimulus funding to cover expected shortfalls in education funding next year and also to help build juvenile detention centers around the state. Chris Boswell is chief of staff to Gov. Dave Freudenthal. Boswell says $67 million of the total would be earmarked for educational funding next year. He says the state wants to spend 90 percent of that to support K-12 education with the rest going to the University of Wyoming and the state's community college system.
Laramie, WY – The director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance is delighted with the selection of Jon Jarvis to be the new Director of the National Park Service.
Franz Camenzind is looking forward to a change in philosophy in the management of parks: "I'm hopeful that we will come back into resource protection as opposed to visitor commercial experience. The two are not mutually exclusive. We can have a thriving visitor economy, but it does not need to accommodate all of their wishes."
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming has filed two federal lawsuits over state investment losses in securities it says were backed by sour mortgage loans. The Wyoming Treasurer's Office sued financial services giant Merrill Lynch & Co. in March in federal court in New York charging that the company misrepresented the quality of residential mortgages that backed its securities. The state treasurer's office and the Wyoming Retirement System last month filed a similar suit against IndyMac, a failed California-based savings and loan company.