Laramie, Wy – There will be a delay in the construction of the new medium security state penitentiary. The state only received one bid to build it and that came in 85 percent above the projected cost. The director of the Department of Corrections, Bob Lampert, says they are going to try and figure out how this happened. He says it was a surprise because they had professionals estimate the cost and usually they're within five percent. Some construction costs are up like concrete and steel, but Lampert says that shouldn't have driven costs up to this level.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming trustees have called off the search for a president of U-W and at least for now are keeping Tom Buchanan on as interim president. There is no word on when -- or if -- the search process might resume. The trustees voted by conference call today (Thursday) to keep Buchanan on through his current contract, which ends either June 30th or when a new president is named. Buchanan was the only candidate left this week after the other two finalists bowed out.
laramie, wy – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride says he will seek the office full time. Mcbride will announce his candidacy for the post he now holds for the interim at a news conference today in Cheyenne. McBride was appointed to fill the post abandoned when Trent Blankenship quit to take a job in Alaska. In a prepared statement, McBride says he has already improved education in the state. He says he has many other things he'd like to accomplish. And he's the first to announce he will seek the position.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal says it's time to start over in the search for a new University of Wyoming president. During an interview, the governor said the trustees should, quote -- "take a deep breath, calm down, and start all over again." Many U-W faculty members were upset when interim President Tom Buchanan wasn't among the finalists selected by the search committee. Late last week, the trustees voted to add Buchanan's name to the list of finalists. On Monday, one of the two named finalists withdrew. The other
Laramie, Wy – University of Tennessee Chancellor Loren Crabtree has withdrawn his name from the search for a president of the University of Wyoming. Crabtree's withdrawal leaves only interim U-W President Tom Buchanan in the running in the current search process for U-W president. Joseph Chapman, president of North Dakota State University, was the other candidate picked by the search committee. Chapman decided on Monday to withdraw his name from contention. Crabtree said today that he had given the prospect of pursuing