Laramie, Wy – Without foreign workers Wyoming restaurants and hotels would have to scale back their operations. That's the view of Lynn Birleffi. She's the executive director of the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurants Association. She says she's seen businesses struggle because of a lack of workers. And Birleffi says this is one thing that is lost in the debate over immigration. Birleffi says that's why it is important to come up with a good plan for legally dealing with foreign laborers. She says it would help if Congress passed a law allowing more immigrants to get visas.
Laramie, Wy – One more year for U-W interim President Tom Buchanan, who says he wouldn't mind leading the university for even longer than that. University trustees Friday approved a one-year contract extension for Buchanan. Buchanan became interim president last July following the resignation of President Phil Dubois. With the extension, Buchanan's contract now extends through June 30th, 2007. Buchanan says the fact that he's been interim president for this long shows that he'd be interested in being president beyond even
Laramie, Wy – There is a public outcry in Cheyenne over a decision by the Animal Shelter to kill 42 dogs. That was done in an attempt to halt an outbreak of canine influenza. A public meeting on the decision is scheduled for next Thursday. This past Thursday, about 15 people met at The Plains Hotel in downtown Cheyenne to discuss their concerns about the shelter, including whether shelter conditions are adequate.
Laramie, Wy – Wolves could be reducing how much cattle weigh. Ranchers in Montana's Paradise Valley say their shipping weights have declined since the federal government reintroduced wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995. They say their cattle stay close to gates instead of grazing entire pastures. Nervous animals tend to eat less than relaxed animals.
Laramie, Wy – Led by Wyoming's energy sector the state has seen the highest per capita personal income jump in the nation. However, not everyone is seeing the benefits of the increase. State Economist Buck McVeigh says while those in the energy sector are enjoying higher salaries those who do not live in energy rich areas are not seeing similar increases. In fact McVeigh says despite a low unemployment rate most salaries in non mineral areas are staying about the same.
Casper, Wy – A Teton County Sheriffs Deputy thinks efforts by the Governors Council on impaired driving has inspired officers across the state to step up their enforcement of drinking and driving in the state. Aaron Dunlap made 73 D-U-I arrests the highest in the state barely edging out the Laramie Police Department's Vance Johnson who made 72. Dunlap says his inspiration came from the stories he's heard from victims and others at the annual Governors Conference on Impaired driving.
Laramie, Wy – Students in Wyoming schools have access to more computers than their peers in almost every other state. The group Education Week put out a report on technology in schools this week. It gives Wyoming a grade of B overall for technology, but an A for access to technology. The report notes on average there is a computer for every two and a half children in this state.