Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Education has a new Deputy Superintendent. Joe Simpson takes over for Annette Bohling who is leaving to take a new job with a national organization. Simpson used to be the state deputy Superintendent, but left Wyoming to work in Washington D-C with an education council.
Cheyenne, WY – Firefighters made progress Sunday in their effort to contain a complex of fires southwest of Devils Tower. Despite high temperatures and low humidity, firefighters were able to put containment lines around 75 percent of the fires, which have burned just under 15-thousand acres -- or about 23 square miles -- in northeastern Wyoming. Nearly 500 people are involved in battling the fire in northeast Wyoming's grass-and-pine country. The fires are located about five miles southwest of Devils Tower.
Hulett, Wy – Firefighters say they are making progress in trying to contain a series of fires near Devils Tower National monument. Spokeswoman Brenda Bowen says they are officially saying that they have the largest fire in the area at 75 percent containment but she says if they can survive a cold front they will be close to 100 percent containment. Bowen says despite their optimism they are ready in case anything changes. Bowen adds that they continue to keep a close watch on several homes and structures that are still threatened by fire.
Laramie, Wy – While the Hathaway Scholarship does provide opportunities for Wyoming high school students who begin college in the fall of 2006, some feel that other students enrolled in Wyoming colleges are being shortchanged of the state's generous gift. However, the University of Wyoming Interim Director of Admissions, Noah Buckley, says its implementation will actually benefit all students. The university awards scholarships to those who do well in the classroom, but since the state is now giving those same students money, the school has more to give to others.
Laramie, Wy – Laramie Police are quite sure that the murder that took place this weekend involved a suicide. Commander Dale Stalder says they are now awaiting the results of an autopsy. He says it could confirm their assessment. Beyond that Stalder is not saying much about the crime that left three college students dead. He says that's not because they don't know anything, but rather don't want to make a mistake and release some information now that they shouldn't. Stalder says everyone involved knew each other and they were hanging out together when this started.
Laramie, WY – On July 1st, the interest rate on student loans went up. And a group estimates that in Wyoming this means students and parents will have to pay around $2000 more on their loans. Report author Earl Hadley works for the Campaign for America's Future. He says with more debt, grads will have less disposable income. He says Congress could bring the interest rate down and make college more affordable. Others counter the money is needed to pay down the deficit and that the trend now is for all interest rates to go up.
Laramie, Wy – Inmate Craig Blumhagen filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday. He charges that medical staff at the Rawlins prison refused his requests for treatment of pain and vomiting he suffered over several months in 2003. The 50-year-old Blumhagen says that his weight dropped from 150 pounds to 110 pounds before he was finally taken to the emergency room in Rawlins, where a surgeon found he was suffering from an ulcer. Blumhagen's lawsuit names Doctor John Coyle and Correctional
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming School Boards Association withdrew from a lawsuit against the state this week. The case is over funding of schools and there are still other groups that are going ahead with the suit. But, the head of education, Jim McBride, is pleased with the school boards decision. This year the legislature increased funding for schools significantly. The state is now spending over a billion dollars a year on education.