Salt Lake City, Utah – A proposal to build a nuclear-power plant in Utah is seeking to use the Green River as a critical source of cooling water. The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that a contract to secure the rights to nearly 10 billion gallons of water identifies the river, which begins in Wyoming. But Utah state Representative Aaron Tilton says its still not clear where a plant would be built. The Springville Republican is the chief executive officer of Transition Power Development, which wants to build nuclear plants
Sheridan, Wy – Whitney Benefits has pledged $7.4 million to help build new classrooms, labs and student housing at Sheridan College. The money will help build the Big West Center for the Creative Economy and a 150-bed, suite-style student housing unit. The Big West Center will include classrooms and labs that all Sheridan College departments can use, but primarily the Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts programs. The college estimates total costs to construct both buildings at $25 million.
Laramie, WY – State schools superintendent Jim McBride says fewer Wyoming high school students are signing up for the most difficult classes so they can be more competitive for the Hathaway Scholarship.
McBride told the Legislature's Joint Education Committee that fewer students are taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and dual-enrollment college classes.
Students qualify for the Hathaway scholarship based on grade point averages and ACT scores. The scholarship ranges from $800 to $1,600 a semester.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council met today in Rock Springs to consider protecting a large section of land in the Adobe Town area of the Red Desert. The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance filed a petition to designate the 180,000-acre area as very rare or uncommon, meaning that it has unusual scenic value or is valuable habitat. Director Erik Molvar says the area deserves protection from energy development.
Laramie, WY – Sheridan College will receive more than seven million dollars to expand the campus and build housing for students.
Chairman of Wyoming community colleges Mike Nickel says the education foundation Whitney Benefits donated the money to build two facilities. With no space left to house or teach students, Nickel says the money could not have come at a better time.
Laramie, WY – Senator John Barrasso says his colleague arrested in a Minneapolis restroom for disorderly conduct should keep his word and resign from the Senate. Republican Senator Larry Craig of Idaho continues to vote in Washington even though a judge upheld the senator's guilty plea earlier this month. The senator said he would resign if the judge upheld the plea, but then Craig issued another statement saying he would stay in the Senate and finish his term. Senator Barrasso says Senator Craig should keep his promise.