Cheyenne, Wy – Teton County officials are hoping to finally resolve a school finance issue that the school district has battled for many years. They want the new school funding model to help them try and make up the difference for what it costs to live and work in Teton County. But many attempts at coming up with solution has failed. The issue frustrates Jackson Senator Grant Larson, especially when he hears people say that it is a benefit to teach in Jackson. He says housing costs keep them from retaining teachers.
Cheyenne, Wy – The state plans to use a million dollar federal grant to improve marketing of air service in Wyoming. Over the last two years, the state has invested heavily in efforts to attract new commercial flights to Wyoming airports. Grants have secured Northwest Airlines flights from Casper to Minneapolis and service between Cody and Denver, among other projects. But while Wyoming Aeronautics Division Administrator Shelly Reams touts the success of those efforts, she says the marketing side of the equation will determine long-term success.
Laramie, Wy – Rita Meyer made it official Tuesday -- she's running for state auditor. Meyer, of Cheyenne, served as chief of staff under former Governor Geringer from 1998-to-2002. Meyer is a colonel in the Wyoming Air National Guard. She has served in the guard in Afghanistan and in the first Iraq war. She has undergraduate degrees in business and education from the University of Wyoming, and master's degrees in business administration from Regis University in Denver.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming legislature will be asked to spend over 700 thousand to help the University of Wyoming hire faculty members to head up a new Center for Sustainable Business practices. But, a proposed Business Institute in Teton County has been placed on hold.
Cheyenne, Wy – A district court has ruled on the school finance model and says the state is in substantial compliance with the Supreme Court's requirements. It means that with some fine tuning the state is closer to finally having a sanctioned school funding model. The attorney who has handled the most recent case for the state is Mike O'Donnell. He says the district court ruling is a big deal; proving the system is constitutional.
Laramie, Wy – Former Speaker of the House Fred Parady says he is running for State Treasurer. He says his familiarity with state finances and his private business experience makes him a good candidate for the job. Parady says he would be conservative with state finances and praises the work of current Treasurer Cynthia Lummis. But he does think improvements can be made. Parady favors putting a lot of the current surplus into savings. He says a legislator for ten years and works for a company that operates a Trona Mine near Green River.
Pinedale, Wy – A federal environmental report predicts changes to towns near the Jonah natural gas field in southwest Wyoming if thousands of new wells are allowed to be drilled. The Bureau of Land Management has issued its final environmental analysis of the impacts of plans to drill several thousand new gas wells in Jonah Field. It says people enjoying small-town life in Pinedale, Big Piney and other communities will likely be troubled by the influx of new people and the growth.
Washington D-C – Wyoming's congressional delegation is urging a Montana board to reject proposed standards for handling water from coal-bed methane drilling. Wyoming Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi and Representative Barbara Cubin voiced their concerns in a letter to the Montana Board of Environmental Review. They say rules being considered by the board threaten the methane industry in northeast Wyoming. The proposed rules would require that water withdrawn from wells be injected back into the aquifers.
Washington D-C – Both Wyoming U-S Senators say they are ready to vote Judge Samuel Alito onto the U-S Supreme Court. During floor debate Wyoming's Senior Senator Craig Thomas stated that Alito answered every question posed of him and said repeatedly that he will follow the Constitution. Senator Mike Enzi continues to say that Alito understands the differences between each branch of government and has his full support.