Cheyenne, Wy – A Cheyenne lawmaker is pushing a bill to give full state health insurance benefits to all 90 members of the state Legislature. A state fiscal analysis says that if all 90 lawmakers signed up for full family coverage, the proposal could cost the state up to $2.1 million a year. That would amount to more than $23,000 in new benefits for each lawmaker. Rep. David Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, is sponsoring the bill. He says offering the health insurance coverage could encourage more people to run for office.
Lander, Wy – A magistrate has set bail at $50,000 for a Lander man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his infant son. Police say six-month-old Tyler Crazythunder died of burns he suffered Nov. 1 when he apparently rolled off a bed and became stuck over an electric baseboard heater. The baby was pronounced dead at Lander hospital. Police say 24-year-old William Patrick Crazythunder, the boy's father, tested positive for alcohol hours after the boy died. Court documents say Crazythunder was watching the infant and another
Jackson, Wy – The Jackson Hole Airport is moving forward with a safety audit in response to 10 incidents of airplanes running or sliding off the runway in the past year. Members of the airport board recently decided to go forward with the safety audit despite concerns about its preliminary price tag of more than $700,000. Ray Bishop is airport director. He says that the first quoted price for the safety audit was $1.2 million. He says the airport has worked with a contractor to eliminate some portions of the
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Supreme Court has sided with five wealthy school districts in a ruling that will allow them to keep close to $100 million. At issue in Friday's ruling was a state law requiring school districts to send local property tax revenues to the state for redistribution to all Wyoming districts. A 2006 state constitutional amendment sought to close a loophole in the law. The loophole enabled the state's wealthiest school districts to keep a portion of their local revenue.
Cheyenne, Wy – Cheyenne Police Chief Bob Fecht is resigning from the Wyoming State Senate, effective Dec. 19. Fecht, a Republican who took office early last year, says serving in the Legislature took more time than he had imagined. He says his work on interim committees has cut into his work as police chief, while his police work has forced him to miss committee meetings. The Laramie County Republican Party will forward three replacement candidates to the Laramie County Commission, which will then pick one of them to fill the seat.
Cody, WY – Oil and gas companies are moving to develop leases they hold in Park County, and a group in Cody says they want it done right. The Greater Yellowstone Coalition is holding a panel discussion Thursday to talk about getting companies to do pollution control and directional drilling to minimize the environmental impact in the McCullough Peak area in Park County.