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.
Washington D-C – Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas has introduced legislation that would protect more than 440 miles of the Snake River and several of its tributaries under the federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Thomas is a Republican and Wyoming's senior senator. He says designating the rivers will protect them while making sure that access, multiple use and private property rights are not restricted. Thomas says the public wouldn't see any change to management of the rivers because they're already managed as eligible rivers. He
Casper, Wy – Congresswoman Barbara Cubin's husband remains in serious condition at a Casper hospital, the congresswoman's office says. Doctor Frederick "Fritz" Cubin is at Wyoming Medical Center, where he's being treated for aggressive pneumonia. Congresswoman Cubin has been in Wyoming most of the time since April 19th, when she returned from Washington to be with her ailing husband. Cubin returned to Washington briefly to vote to uphold President Bush's veto of an Iraq war funding bill that included timelines for
Laramie, Wy – After getting only lukewarm support and a one year contract last year, University of Wyoming Trustees have awarded U-W President Tom Buchanan a four year deal worth 300 thousand dollars a year. Trustee President Dick Davis says Buchanan has proved he is a good leader and fundraiser noting that U-W broke all previous fundraising records last year. Buchanan doubts that the long term deal will change much in the way he manages U-W but he is pleased with the support and is glad to put the issue of a long term contract behind him.
Pinedale, Wy – Conservationists are skeptical of a 36 (m) million offer by three energy producers to improve wildlife habitat and preserve wildlife migration routes in the Pinedale Anticline of western Wyoming. While the offer is generous, Linda Baker of the Upper Green River Valley Coalition questions whether it will succeed. Questar, Ultra Resources, and Shell Exploration and Production are seeking year-round drilling on parts of the anticline. Currently gas development is restricted by seasonal closures to
Jackson, Wy – Two experienced climbers found dead on Grand Teton earlier this week had tumbled about 15-hundred feet down a steep snowy slope after one of their anchors gave way. Park officials don't know why the anchor gave way and may never know. The anchor could have popped loose or a rock could have fallen from above and knocked the anchor loose. The two climbers were identified as 38-year-old Alan Rooney and 28-year-old Jonathan Morrow both of nearby Kelly. They were experienced climbers.