Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal is like most other governors around the country. He does not support the plan to create a federal I-D card. Freudenthal says the concern is largely about the cost to implement a nationwide system. He says if they become a reality people will see the cost of getting a driver's license go up significantly. Montana passed a bill last week saying it will not implement the National I-Ds there. Wyoming lawmakers considered a similar bill this year, but it died in the state Senate.
Laramie, Wy – A proposal to link Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico by light rail is picking up steam. The proposed Rocky Mountain High Speed Rail Corridor has been discussed off and on for years. But lately the idea has been moving along after getting some help from government funding. Tentatively the route would extend from Casper to Belen, New Mexico, passing through the cities of Cheyenne, Fort Collins and Denver.
Laramie, Wy – Construction is booming on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie. More than a dozen projects are under way or are planned, thanks largely to state budget surpluses that are a result of Wyoming's energy boom. This year alone, U-W officials expect to spend 100 million dollars renovating or building 500-thousand square feet of space.
Laramie, Wy – Another school in Wyoming was locked down yesterday. Police in Rock Springs made this decision after receiving a threat. Officials with the Sweetwater County School District Number One said the lock-down lasted about 45 minutes. School operations returned to normal once police determined there was no credible threat. The police department didn't release details about the nature of the threat because an investigation is ongoing.
Laramie, WY – The University of Wyoming has a new police chief. The job now belongs to Troy Lane, who is currently assistant director of the Kansas State University Police Department. He replaces Tim Banks, who retired as chief in July 2006. The 19-year law enforcement veteran says he hopes to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to enhance an already great university atmosphere at UW.
Laramie, Wy – Two leather-bound journals written about 110 years ago provide a glimpse into the lives of the pioneers who built what is now the South Pass City State Historic Site. The journals were written by Fred Lovejoy, a resident of the historic gold town on the southern end of the Wind River Mountains from 1886 to 1902. Jon Lane of the South Pass City State Historic Site says the journals provide short, daily accounts of Lovejoy's mining days. The South Pass City Historical Site obtained the journals from
Laramie, Wy – In the last of a series of public hearings, more than 600 people packed a Cody auditorium last night. Many were there to comment on a federal plan to take wolves off the endangered species list.
Laramie, Wy – A judge in Campbell County has decided that the sex-assault trial of a convicted murderer will be moved to another county. Kent Alan Proffit Senior is accused of sexually assaulting Bryce Chavers. The sex assault case was set to go to trial in late 2005, but Chavers was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head before the trial could begin. Proffit's attorneys sought to move the sex assault trial because they worried local residents already know about the case and can't look at it objectively. Prosecutors didn't oppose the request.
Laramie, Wy – The U-S Senate will not vote on a bill allowing the government to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for Medicare drugs. The measure is priority for Democrats, but Wyoming Senators Mike Enzi, Craig Thomas and other Republicans essentially blocked passage of the bill this week. Enzi says it would have led to price fixing by the government. He also says drug prices are already low, so there's no point in trying to fix something that's working.