Laramie, Wy – A CBS website is reporting that Fresno State associate coach Heath Schroyer has agreed to become the new head basketball coach at Wyoming. C-B-S SportsLine-dot-com broke the story early Thursday. Schroyer was an assitant to Steve McClain when the Cowboys last advanced to the NCAA tournament. However, U-W officials are declining to comment. Wyoming fired Steve McClain on March 12. U-W athletics director Tom Burman hired Schroyer five years ago as head coach at Portland State when Burman was athletics director
Laramie, Wy – Staff members at the University of Wyoming are set to receive pay raises this year. Vice President for administration Phil Harris says in prior years, only faculty members saw substantial raises. This year it's the staff's turn. Currently, most of the 26-hundred staff members are paid 90 percent of the going rate in their industries. This year's plan would bring as many staff as possible to 100 percent of the going rate. University trustees will make a final decision the proposal tomorrow (Friday).
Gillette, WY – Construction has begun on a four (M) million dollar health sciences and educational facility at Gillette College. The project is expected to be completed in February or March 2008. The building will house the college's nursing program as well as an auditorium and various classrooms and learning laboratories. It will almost double the college's current capacity for nursing students.
Laramie, Wy – Nearly 30 years after going on the Endangered Species list the federal government is removing protections for Yellowstone Grizzly Bears. Right now there are over 500 of the bears living in the Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes Wyoming. This year there will not be in any hunting of the bears in Wyoming, but that is possible in the future.
Laramie, Wy – Cheyenne school officials have agreed to repay the state almost 379-thousand dollars that the district improperly received after incorrectly calculating teachers' seniority for payroll purposes. A state audit last year found that school districts around Wyoming had collected more than six million dollars from the state that they weren't entitled to. Laramie County School District 1 received about one-point-three million dollars of that.
Washington D-C – Harsh words from Republican Wyoming Representative Barbara Cubin. She thinks President Bush should fire embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. He's in the middle of a firestorm after the Bush Administration fired U.S. Attornies. Many of the prosecutors believe they were sacked for disagreements with the White House. Congresswoman Cubin is usually one of Mr. Bush's most ardent supporters. But Tuesday, she bucked her party to become the latest Congressional Republican...to suggest the President can the Attorney General. "Mr. Gonzales has been asleep at the switch.
Moorcroft, Wy – A cattle group that hopes to provide another voice for ranchers has gotten off the ground. Organizers say that they hope it will help with providing ranchers a future and to help with marketing issues. The new group is called Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming or I-Calf. Organizer Judy McCullough or Moorcroft says they had ranchers from across the state attend their opening meeting this week. She says many of the ranchers feel disenfranchised. McCullough says they hope to provide a voice for those people.