Wheatland, Wy – After saying she would quit, the Platte County Attorney wants her job back. Today (Monday), less than a week after she submitted her resignation, Platte County Attorney Mary Eikenberry has told the Platte County Commission she wants her job back. Eikenberry says her resignation was not official because the county commission did not formally meet to accept it. Commission chairman Joe Reichardt he'd received a letter from Eikenberry but wasn't sure she could withdraw it at this point.
Washington D-C – Wyoming is losing some influence in Washington. Johnnie Burton is retiring as director of the federal Minerals Management Service. Burton was appointed to the federal post in March 2002. Her retirement will be effective at the end of this month. Burton directed the Wyoming Revenue Department from 1995-2002 and was a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives from 1982-1988. She says the federal job has been the most rewarding and often challenging position of her career.
Salt Lake City, Utah – State Representative Monte Olsen remains in fair condition at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The 50-year-old Olsen was taken to the hospital after being run over April 28th by an S-U-V driven by his wife. Lisa Glenn has been charged with reckless endangerment in the incident. The Republican from Daniel was first elected to the state House in 2002, representing Sublette County and parts of southern Teton County.
Jackson, Wy – Entrance fees at Grand Teton National Park and several similar parks will be going up this summer. The cost will be 50 dollars for an annual pass. While some wonder about a possible outcry from the public, Grand Teton officials are not concerned. Spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says they have not heard negative feedback from consumers. Skaggs says people might be more concerned as the summer progresses, but she says the money is needed.
Jackson, Wy – A Teton County development watchdog is asking town and county officials to eliminate resort zoning to preserve the community's rural character. The group, Save Historic Jackson Hole, says resort zoning has become a loophole for developers to build high-end homes instead of recreational centers with natural attractions for visitors. Resort zoning is no zoning according to Save Historic Jackson Hole. On Monday, the group made a case to abolish resort zoning to Teton County Commissioners and Town of Jackson officials.
Cheyenne, Wy – Recent congressional hearings have shined a light on the difficulty some children have in accessing dental care if they receive Medicaid. Medicaid is the state and federally funded health coverage program for low income residents under the age of 65. And typically the program pays providers back a portion, maybe 80 percent of what they charge for the procedure. For that reason some dentists don't accept Medicaid patients.
Laramie, Wy – Once again, University of Wyoming trustees said no to a proposed tuition hike. The proposal was for a three percent hike for two years, starting in 2008. It was for residents only. But saying that education should be as free as possible and noting the state's booming economy trustees resoundingly voted the measure down. Non resident tuition and post graduate tuition will increase.