Washington, DC – Legislation to compensate livestock owners whose animals are killed by wolves is one step closer to passage.
A Senate committee on Thursday approved a bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming to approve federal matching money for state trust funds that pay ranchers for those losses.
The Bush administration has objected to the bill, saying the payments should be a state responsibility.
Gillette, WY – The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, 850,000 dollar grant to community colleges in Gillette and Sheridan.
The money will go to providing education for advanced technicians in the energy sector.
Another focus of the grant is to look to the future of the state's energy workers. As part of the grant, a pilot summer camp project will be created for fifth- through ninth-graders to introduce them to the energy industry through education and hands-on activities.
Pinedale, Wy – The Upper Green River Valley Coalition says some companies in the oil and gas industry are doing a better job than government agencies tackling water contamination in the Pinedale Anticline. Linda Baker says Shell has been proactive trying to resolve the presence of toxic hydrocarbons in local water supplies. "They are trying to make improvements on their techniques for drilling water wells, they are doing soil testing, they are trying to take into consideration all of the ways contamination might be occurring and I see this as a proactive step."
Laramie, Wy – A top official at the University of Wyoming has refused to fill out a survey issued by the most popular college ranking publication in the country. Myron Allen says the ranking system is flawed. The latest edition of the U-S News and World Report came out last week. It places Wyoming in the third tier among schools ranked 134th to 188th. Allen says the system is unfair it places too much emphasis on selectivity, student retention and a survey filled out by presidents and provosts at other universities.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan says it is time to beef up the school's graduate programs. As he looks to the future, Buchanan says graduate programs are every bit as important as undergraduate programs. Several years ago, U-W cut back on graduate programs to focus on improving undergraduate education. But Buchanan says that mission was accomplished, so it's time to focus on making graduate education better. This includes attracting more and stronger students.
Wind River, Wy – Utility provider SourceGas is looking at installing pipelines that would deliver natural gas to homes on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Many homes on the reservation rely on tanks filled with the more costly propane for heating and other uses. Switching reservation homes from propane to natural gas could save up to a total of $500,000 in one year. SourceGas is still working to determine how much it will cost to install the pipeline infrastructure.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming has received another donation to strengthen oil and natural gas research. Anadarko is giving U-W one point five million dollars to establish an endowment to allow U-W students and faculty to work with company employees. The state will match the donation, increasing the endowment to three million dollars.
Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming is ramping up sustainable business instruction. Professor Eric Arnould says the legislature gave new money for the College of Business two years ago to establish the program. Since then, Arnould says businesses have looked for new ways to reduce their waste and repair their relationship with the community and environment: "Business have figured out they are concerned about more than making money and keeping the business in business. Their sphere of responsibility is larger than that."