Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming School Boards Association has partially withdrawn from a lawsuit that challenged the state's school finance system. The board of directors of the Wyoming School Boards Association has voted to withdraw from the part of the lawsuit that challenged the funding of the daily school operations. Association President Monty Wardell says the state Legislature last winter increased spending for schools enough so that there is no reason to continue the litigation on that part of the suit.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming department of transportation can expect to receive about 30 million dollars less in federal funding than congress originally appropriated. And WYDOT budget head Kevin Hibbard says that lower revenues will not be the department's only challenge when it comes to maintaining the state's highways. He says higher costs will hamstring several planned projects. Congress reduced wyoming's highway appropriations three times during the past fiscal year in part because of revised spending estimates from the department of defense.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Freudenthal is hoping for more talks on the delayed leases in the Wyoming range. The Governor has opposed drilling in the Wyoming range in most instances. But Freudenthal says his frustration is that there is no way to set terms and conditions it's simply "either you allow leasing .or you don't." Freudenthal is still interested in finding a way to have a full blown discussion on the type of leasing that could occur there. He is concerned that if things are done poorly it could create a big mess.
Cheyenne, Wy – The problem of substance abuse by Wyoming employees has become so severe that in many locations employers report it is hard to find workers free of drugs and alcohol. In order to address this growing concern, Director of the Wyoming Department of Employment, Cynthia Pomeroy, says that up to a five-percent workers compensation base rate premium discount will be provided to employers who test their employees.
Pinedale, Wy – A small portion of the land opened for possible oil and gas development in the Wyoming Range has been placed off-limits to drilling -- at least for now. The federal Interior Board of Land Appeals has issued a stay on a lease covering about 12-hundred acres in Bridger-Teton National Forest west of Pinedale. The decision yesterday (Monday) is a victory for Governor Freudenthal and three environmental groups opposed to oil and gas drilling in the Wyoming Range. The Wyoming Outdoor Council, The Wilderness Society and the
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Transportation says the federal government has cut about 29 (M) million dollars in promised highway maintenance payments to the state this fiscal year. State officials say the federal cuts are a result of congressional spending on defense and other needs. And they say the cuts mean the state won't be able to maintain the current quality of Wyoming's transportation system. Del McOmie is chief engineer at the state transportation department. He says that the department is proud of the state's