Laramie, WY – A historic preservation scholar continues to be concerned that old school buildings are becoming victims of the wrecking ball. Mary Humstone, who also teaches at the University of Wyoming in the American Studies program adds that the new school plans shows that newer is not always better. Humstone has always contended that in many cases it is cheaper to update older buildings, but she says the state encourages new construction. She says such plans can change if local residents speak up.
Laramie, Wy – Members of the Wyoming congressional delegation say the report by the Iraq study group will need to be digested and they plan on asking Wyoming citizens what they think. But all three members of Wyoming's delegation call it a good bipartisan effort. Senator Mike Enzi says it is too early to say what needs to be adopted, but he welcomes the input. Enzi does not favor a set timetable for pulling out of Iraq. Congresswoman Barbara Cubin says she remains open to all suggestions about how to proceed in Iraq.
Laramie, Wy – The full legislature will soon debate what classes students should take in order to qualify for the Hathaway scholarship. University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan has had a keen interest, because he is looking for students to take the types of classes that will allow them to succeed at the University. Some at U-W were initially concerned, but Buchanan says that is just part of the process. Buchanan says that he is mostly comfortable with the recommendations. This week a legislative committee removed Foreign Language as a required offering.
Billings, Montana – The wolf population is growing in Wyoming and neighboring states and ranchers say they will have to band together to protect their interests against potentially harmful environmental regulations. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service reports that the population of wolves in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho is now exceeds 12-hundred-60. That represents about a 20-percent increase over last year. The state of Wyoming is in court against the federal government. The state wants to classify wolves as predators that could be shot
Cheyenne, Wy – A legislative committee says Wyoming should put up more than 12 (M) million dollars to improve the quality of child care in the state and increase child care subsidies. The Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee today (Tuesday) voted 9-2 in favor of a sweeping child care bill. The Legislature will consider it in the legislative session that begins next month. Supporters say that improving child care is necessary for the state's continued economic development. Some opponents question
Dubois, Wy – The Bighorn sheep is one of the main attractions for the Dubois area. But several have been shot and left for dead. Area Game Warden Cole Thompson says they are investigating the incident as a poaching. He says it is a waste because the population has struggled a bit. Thompson says they are urging the public to report any information they might have on the shootings, that occurred in the Trail Lake/ Whiskey mountain area southeast of Dubois in November.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal took his budget recommendations to the legislature's appropriations committee today (Monday). His proposals total almost a billion dollars. Senator Phil Nicholas is going to be the next chair of the appropriations committee. He says he doesn't feel the governor is putting enough money into savings. Nicholas says he also knows there are lots of important big ticket items in state that need funding.
Cheyenne, Wy – The state's seven community colleges are hoping to get more money and improve their campuses. They are asking the legislature to increase salaries and to pay for some construction projects. They want a total of 80 million dollars. The Governor has agreed with half of their request.
Washington D-C – Senator Craig Thomas is back to work on Capitol Hill. The state's senior returned to work today (Monday) -- about a month earlier than originally thought. The 73-year-old Thomas was released over the weekend from the Washington D-C area hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for leukemia. He began treatment for leukemia on November ninth. Previously, Thomas said he didn't expect to return to the Senate until January. But he says in a statement that doctors were encouraged by his
Cheyenne, Wy – Lawmakers are looking at setting requirements to get money from the new Hathaway Scholarship program. The state wants to put a specific curriculum in place and any student that wants to get the scholarship must take those courses. The legislature's education committee reviewed the proposed curriculum Monday. They left provisions in place for students to take science, math and English, but removed the requirement for foreign languages. Chairman Representative Jeff Wasserburger says he feels like this gives students more time to take electives.