Wyoming – For the past several years, improving Wyoming's ability to get its vast energy resources to the rest of the country has been a challenge. In the past couple of weeks there has been a renewed focus on the issue.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming disciplines its doctors more than just about every other state. Washington-based Public Citizen issued a report this week stating that Wyoming ranks behind only Kentucky and Alaska in taking serious disciplinary action against doctors. Public Citizen calculated the number of serious disciplinary actions that state medical boards have imposed against doctors. It classifies serious actions as medical license revocations, surrenders, suspensions and probation/restrictions.
Wyoming – In 1996, Congress overhauled the law and created what is known as the Federal Universal service fund. It currently requires all phone companies, including cellular providers, to pay 11-percent of their total long distance revenues to fund small rural phone companies across the nation. But like most things that expense is passed onto consumers and so some in Congress want to reduce the size of the fund.
Laramie, Wy – Two Natrona county commissioners say the county fails to pay its employees competitive salaries and needs to increase pay to keep and attract workers. County Commission Chairman Drew Perkins and Commissioner Matt Keating met with about a dozen county department heads or their representatives this week to review the results of a salary survey. The survey, conducted by students at the University of Mary in
Laramie, Wy – A new system to bring federal officials together from several departments should help speed up permitting for natural gas development. Kathleen Clark, the director of the federal Bureau of Land Management made that claim this week in Wyoming. She was in Buffalo to discuss this new plan. Buffalo and Rawlins will get extra officers, including some from other agencies. Clark says that will create a sort of one-stop shopping experience for people needing permits.
Laramie, Wy – Problems delivering Wyoming coal by rail could force customers of Powder River Basin coal to seek other fuel sources. That's what the spokesperson for a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association says. Patrick Lavigne says if utilities are unable to receive their contracted allotment of Powder River Basin coal will either have to increase investment in natural gas-fired generation or buy electricity on the wholesale market. There have been some delays because of problems with the lines in the past.
Laramie, Wy – The Bureau of Reclamation expects Jackson Lake to fill this summer for the first time in five years. On Tuesday morning, Jackson Lake was at 54 percent of capacity. Last year at this time, Jackson Lake was only at 22 percent of capacity and the lake outside Jackson never filled last summer. Hydrologist Tim Miller says the lake should be full by mid-July thanks to good snowpack. News that Jackson Lake is expected to fill up means the Colter Bay Marina will operate normally this summer after shortened seasons over the last four years.
Laramie, Wy – The bombings in Egypt this week that killed approximately 20 people also injured four people from Wyoming. Bruce Lamberson and his wife Cindy Parrish, who are from Casper were visiting Bruce's daughter Betsy Lamberson and her husband Tom South. The group traveled together to Dahab where the blasts occurred. Bruce's sister, Beth Lamberson-Warren says the four are now in a hospital in Cairo and she spoke with them Wednesday and she says they are all feeling fortunate to be alive.