Cheyenne, Wy – A legislative interim committee is set to study Wyoming's workers' compensation program, which has rebounded from a deficit in the 1980s to a cash reserve of $925 million this year. Worker advocates say the reserve was not the result of overpayment by employers. Rather, they say the surplus was built on money that should have been paid to injured workers but never was. Representative Tom Lubnau says he wants to examine the structure of premiums and benefits to determine if the program could sustain
Yellowstone National Park – An eight-year-old plan would give bison grazing room outside Yellowstone National Park. But it's never been put in place, because promised federal funding hasn't materialized. The Interagency Bison Management Plan, adopted in 2000, provided for a 2.8 million dollar, 30-year lease of bison grazing rights on the Royal Teton Ranch next to the park. The lease would give the bison another 7,500 acres of winter habitat. The federal government pledged 1.5 million dollars toward the
Cheyenne, Wy – A lawyer for the state of Wyoming asked a panel of federal judges in Denver to uphold a state law that allows people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence to regain their firearms rights. But an opposing federal lawyer representing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told the three-judge panel that the state law fails to achieve its objective of making those with misdemeanor convictions eligible to own firearms again. To reach a decision in the case, the three judges with the 10th
Cody, Wy – A study group hoping to keep the Sylvan pass open thinks they are making headway in negotiating with Yellowstone National Park. Park officials wanted to close the east entrance to Yellowstone when there was a threat of avalanches. But Park County Commissioner Tim French believes they are willing to budge from that position. French adds that to reach an agreement local officials will also have to budge. "As long as they will do avalanche control and we can have access 80-percent of the time, we can compromise on this."
Laramie, Wy – More communities across the state are taking a closer look at improving their public transportation opportunities. Gillette is the latest to undertake a study to provide more services. State Public transit coordinator John Black says places like Jackson, Casper and Cheyenne have all improved their public transit. He says other towns would like to do the same but the cost of such services is holding them back.