Laramie, Wy – The Laramie City Council has approved a resolution in support of naming the U-S Post Office building in Laramie after former Wyoming U-S Senator Gale McGee. McGee died in 1992. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1959 to 1977 where his duties included chairman of the Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee. Laramie City Manager Mark Collins said naming the post office after McGee would have to go through a long process through the federal government for approval.
Cheyenne, Wy – The federal trial in a lawsuit brought by a gay couple who contend neither was fairly considered for a school principal job in Sheridan is underway in Cheyenne. Kathleen Milligan-Hitt and Kathryn Roberts filed the suit against Sheridan County School District two in January 2005. The two argue the school district violated their rights of equal protection, freedom of association and privacy. They are seeking unspecified monetary damages. The school district denies any discrimination. Lawyers for the
Lander, Wy – Young drivers continue to be involved in serious automobile crashes across the state but groups are hoping that trend will soon change. Two years ago legislators passed a graduated drivers license bill that will require more driver training. Meanwhile, a law standardizing the curriculum of drivers education instructors also was approved. Lori Pozarik of Injury Prevention Resources in Fremont County believes the new laws will help. But while many support Graduated drivers licenses she says the system only works with parental support.
Cheyenne, Wy – U-S Senators will be considering a bill that includes hundreds of millions of dollars for Wyoming's abandoned mine land clean up activities. But they will also be considering extending the length of time the state's abandoned mine land division can tap into that money. Division director Evan Green says his authority to use federal clean up funds will expire next year unless the senate approves the measure. And it has expired in the past.
Cheyenne, Wy – A new third-party political movement in Wyoming. Leaders of the two established political parties say it's NOT likely. Nationally, there are a variety of middle-of-the-road political groups springing up, from the Centrist Party, to the American Centrist Party to Denver-based Unity Oh-Eight. In fact, former Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Tom Strook is a founder of Unity Oh-Eight, which seeks to pair Republicans and Democrats on split-party tickets to appeal to moderate voters.
Cheyenne, Wy – Region wide drought conditions could leave Wyoming with a hay shortage. The state supplies hay for both itself and other states, but cannot seem to produce enough for all the demand. Livestock and Forage Program Manager for the Wyoming Business Council, Scott Keith, says that this is a serious problem. Keith says hay theft may become an issue and advises producers to take good inventory of their hay and to keep it in a secured area if possible.