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.
Laramie, WY – The state's special education director says that some school districts in Wyoming have a lot of improvement to make when it comes to teaching special ed students.
The state has just put out a newly-revamped report card on special education that looks at twenty areas, from how often special ed students graduate from high school to the amount of time they spend in regular classrooms with their peers.
The special education director, Peg Brown-Clark, says the results of this first report card are mixed.
Denver, Colo. – The Colorado Rockies sold out all three World Series games at Coors Field in two and a half hours today. Team spokesman Jay Alves said tickets were selling online as fast as 1,500 per minute today. They were all gone by 2:30 this afternoon, one day after the Internet-only sales were suspended by a computer-system crash that the team blamed on an "external, malicious attack." Alves says he's NOT aware of any criminal investigation into what happened yesterday.
Cheyenne, Wyoming – Four C-130 cargo planes from Colorado and Wyoming Air Force units are heading to Southern California to fight wildfires. Two planes are from the 302nd Airlift Wing, a reserve unit at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. The other two are from the 153rd Airlift Wing, a Wyoming Air National Guard unit in Cheyenne. They're are expected to leave Tuesday. All the planes are equipped with modular airborne firefighting equipment, which converts the planes to aerial tankers.
Cheyenne, Wy – One of the latest trends is for young people to abuse cough syrup and other over the counter medications and Wyoming officials are trying to make communities and parents aware. Called Roboing teens and others use the cough syrup to get a high but experts say it is also very dangerous and could lead to death. Federal officials told a group in Cheyenne that there is a misperception that such drugs are safe because they are over the counter. Wyoming Substance Abuse Program Manager Roger McDaniel says there are areas of the state where this is a problem.
Denver, Co – Tickets for three World Series games in Denver will go on sale at noon today, online only, a day after the Colorado Rockies said their computer system was the target of an "external malicious attack." Spokesman Jay Alves (alvz) wouldn't elaborate, but said tickets will go back on sale online at their Web site, and the team has backup plans should the site be hacked again. The Rockies had to suspend sales yesterday because of the attack. Earlier, Alves said the Web site received 8.5 million hits in 90
Jackson, Wyoming – A plan to drill natural gas wells around a subdivision at the base of the Wyoming Range is still moving forward with an environmental study. Steven Rusch of Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production says his company is working with the Bridger-Teton National Forest to complete the study. A draft environmental impact statement should be ready for public comment in the spring, with a final decision expected in the spring of 2009. Plains Exploration has a controlling interest in about 16,000