Cheyenne, Wy – Supporters of a plan to provide scholarship money to Wyoming graduates want the legislature to allocate 400 million dollars this session. That way students can get money next fall. Senator Tex Boggs says this would encourage the students to do better in the classroom. He says the legislature's appropriations committee is already looking at a major price tag for education so it will be interesting to see if the committee and the legislature decide to fully fund the project.
Cheyenne, Wy – The state legislature has nearly three point six billion dollars to spend or save over the next two years. The appropriations committee heard that while funding for education requires a dramatic increase this year...they should have plenty of money to handle the hike. Senator John Hines of Gillette remarks it is a much different world then when they used to have to figure out how to fund basic programs. Lander Senator Cale Case says the one thing he worries about is the eventual costs for health care.
Laramie, Wy – The new head of education in Wyoming is already growing tired of litigation from the local school districts. Doctor Jim McBride says he hopes that at some point the judges will say enough is enough and put an end to the lawsuits. He says what people may not know is that districts are spending money meant for education on attorneys. He says this is a genuine annoyance. McBride says as a leader he knows it is impossible to make everyone happy. To end the litigation he says there needs to be a change from the grassroots all the way to the top of the system.
Cheyenne, Wy – A recent attorney general's opinion says money added to the Wyoming Permanent Mineral Trust Fund could be removed. Interest from the fund is used to help pay for government. Legislators have been adding millions of extra dollars to the fund to increase the payout. To protect that money the Joint Appropriations Committee voted to change the constitution. House Appropriations Chairman Frank Philp says money in the P-M-T-F should not be touched. Senator Jayne Mockler of Cheyenne is not so sure.
Laramie, Wy – The U-S Forest Service wants to prevent road vehicles from leaving designated roads and trails. The agency issued a new rule Wednesday to try and accomplish this goal. Previously the Forest Service has declared that unmanaged recreation is one of the top four threats to forests. This includes improper use of motorized vehicles.
Laramie, Wy – The Head of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association is taking issue with a federal government report. The Government Accountability Office says federal agencies lose at least 123 million dollars a year keeping public lands open to livestock grazing. The Wyoming Stockgrowers Association's Jim Magagna disagrees. Magagna says if grazing fees are raised too high it could jeopardize some ranching operations. However, environmental groups say it backs up their argument that grazing should be limited.
Laramie, Wy – Conservationists and several scientists have released a reporting that says logging after a wildfire is a waste of money and does not restore forests. Forest ecologist Dominick Dellasala says dead and dying trees are beneficial, anchoring the soil and providing habitat for many species. He also says after huge fires like the ones in and around Yellowstone in 1988 the land is valuable, rather than a moonscape that is catastrophically destroyed. Dellasala says most forests are born out of fire and have evolved with fires for thousands of years.