Jackson, Wy – A new Teton County affordable housing development has drawn more than double the applications expected for the limited number of units. The homes sell for 100 thousand and up. That is quite a bit more affordable than typical home prices in the area. Teton County Housing Authority executive director Christine Walker says the community needs much more cheaper housing just to keep the workforce from leaving.
Laramie, Wy – New deals between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and two federal agencies have cleared the way for habitat improvement projects across 260 thousand acres in Montana and Wyoming. The agreements among the foundation, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management were signed today. They affect 174 thousand acres west of Pinedale, Wyoming. The foundation will serve as a contractor and arrange habitat work with forest restoration and timber companies as subcontractors. Conservation organizations also will help.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming was selected to join a multi state effort to get high school students to take tougher classes. This means the state gets 300 thousand dollars per year for the program. University of Wyoming Vice President Rollin Abernathy says the state is fortunate to be able to participate. He says a rigorous high school experience is proven to help students succeed in college.
Laramie, Wy – Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne says he expects an agreement on sharing Colorado River water during drought "signed, sealed and delivered" by the end of 2007. Seven Western states share the river's water. The biggest issue between so-called lower basin states is on sharing water during drought. But the states reached a preliminary pact last year. Now, an environmental study is due out in early February.