Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's high school graduation rate is better than the nationwide average, but still 1 in 4 Wyoming ninth-graders fail to graduate on time, a national group says. The Alliance for Excellent Education says the nationwide graduation rate is 70 percent, while Wyoming's graduation rate is 76 percent. The group says dropouts earn less and as a result are likelier to use up more tax money through social services than they pay in taxes. The Wyoming Department of Education takes issue with the
Cheyenne, Wy – A federal grand jury has indicted former Campbell County fire chief Gary Scott on charges that he had sex with four minors. Scott resigned last month after a criminal complaint charged him with sexually assaulting a single teenage fire cadet. An indictment filed against Scott in federal court last week charges him with 12 counts of transporting minors across state lines to engage in illegal sexual activity. John Powell is spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in
Cheyenne, Wy – Police have arrested 35 people on drug charges following an investigation into distribution of methamphetamine in Wyoming. John Powell is spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne. Powell released a statement saying the investigation involved groups trafficking in methamphetamine in southwestern and central Wyoming, including Riverton, Rock Springs, Green River, Casper and La Barge. The statement says the groups also operated in other areas of Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and Mexico.
Laramie, WY – Five conservation groups have filed a lawsuit to stop coalbed methane development in the Atlantic Rim area of the Red Desert. The area is viewed as a sensitive wildlife area and the groups contend that the two thousand well development approved by the Bureau of Land Management could cause serious damage to the area. The Wyoming Outdoor Council's Bruce Pendry says that at one time, the B-L-M was considering more reasonable options. But he says the plan they approved won't work.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming students continue to show improvement in education test scores. In what is called nation's report care the National Assessment of educational progress Wyoming 4th and 8th graders are out performing their peers and are showing improvement in areas such as math and reading. State Superintendent Jim McBride notes that even the students who were underperforming are doing better.
Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says rural subdivisions must shoulder some of the blame for declining sage grouse habitats. In a press conference the governor discussed the recommendations of a state panel charged with making proactive suggestions to prevent the bird from being listed as endangered. Among the recommendations was giving counties more authority to regulate subdivisions under 640 acres in sage grouse habitat. Freudenthal says something must be done about rural development.