Laramie, WY – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will announce its long-awaited decision tomorrow on whether a tiny mouse found only in Wyoming and Colorado should be federally protected.
Fish and Wildlife placed the Preble's meadow jumping mouse on the endangered species list in 1998. But it started the process of removing it in 2005, after a Denver researcher said it was genetically identical to another, more commonly found mouse.
Other research said the Preble's mouse is a separate subspecies, a conclusion supported last year by outside scientists.
Laramie, WY – Rawlins High School and Wyoming Indian High School are both losing enough students between ninth and 12th grade to be classified as "dropout factories" in an analysis by Johns Hopkins University.
At Rawlins High School, the Class of 2006 numbered 140 as freshmen but just 74 as seniors. In Ethete, the Class of 2006 at Wyoming Indian shrank from 58 freshmen to just 28 seniors.
And the Class of 2006 wasn't an anomaly for those two schools. On average, figures were similar for the classes of 2004 through 2006.
Laramie, WY – Utility companies on the East Coast are test-burning coal from Wyoming's Powder River Basin. Union Pacific Railroad spokesman Mark Davis says the railroad company is shipping Wyoming coal to areas farther east. That would extend the reach of Powder River Basin coal, which Davis says goes primarily to the Mid West and Southern parts of the United States.
"There's a potential of expanding even further the outreach of PRB coal to other parts of the country," Davis says.
Laramie, WY – The state's superintendent of schools says an influx of people working in the gas fields is making it harder to improve the graduation rate. Jim McBride reacted to a study by Johns Hopkins University that labeled two Wyoming high schools as, quote, dropout factories. One of those is Rawlins High School which is in an area that has seen an increasing number of energy workers. McBride says that has meant an increase in the number of students who are learning English for the first time.