Laramie, WY – With pomp and circumstance today, the governor's office unveiled the state's shiny new coin. The quarter is embossed with the ubiquitous bucking bronco and the "Equality State" motto. The U.S. Mint plans to produce 550 million Wyoming quarters before ceasing production in 10 weeks. Wyoming's quarter is the 44th in the 50-state series, with each quarter minted in order of the state's entry to the Union.
Laramie, Wyoming – Pillow talk at the University of Wyoming helped score the university the number two spot in nation's sexual health rankings. A study released this week by Trojan Brand Condoms showed that UW jumped 90 spots from last year. Andrea Coryell (CORY-YELL) . . of the UW Wellness Center says the difference is the university's new commitment to keep an open dialogue on sex through peer education.
Laramie, WY – Governor's from the country's largest coal producing states met in Cheyenne today and criticized the federal government for not doing enough to secure the nation's energy future. Colorado Democratic Governor Bill Ritter says the federal government has been too slow to form energy policies.
Gillette, Wy – The Wyoming Business Council is awarding a million dollars for a Teton County project that could get Wyoming further into the high tech business field. Teton County would get the money on behalf of the economic development group Imagine Jackson, who will construct a building and lease it to the high tech research and develop firm Square One Systems Design. Business Ready Community Program spokesman Shawn Reece says the money is in addition to funding that was used to purchase the building site. He says it will diversify the local economy.
Laramie, Wy – The Humane Society of the United States ranks Wyoming's dogfighting laws second-to-last in terms of penalizing offenders. The organization analyzed dogfighting laws across the country and ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Idaho, Georgia, Nevada and Hawaii join Wyoming in having the weakest dogfighting laws on the books. Wyoming ranks 50th and Idaho 51st. Wyoming and Idaho are the only states in the nation where dogfighting is not a felony.
Cody, Wy – Wyoming's governor and congressional delegation have sent scathing letters to the National Park Service about Yellowstone National Park's East Entrance. Governor Freudenthal, Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Representative Barbara Cubin wrote Park Service officials that they disagreed with the idea of closing Sylvan Pass during the winter. They questioned why the agency is saying the road should be closed because of cost concerns when earlier it cited safety concerns.