Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming officials are raising the issue of providing Health insurance benefits to Domestic partners of U-W employees. Universities in 21 other states currently offer benefits to domestic partners and Vice President of Academic Affairs Myron Allen says most fortune 500 companies also offer such benefits. Since these are companies U-W competes with for employees, he says U-W officials thought it was time to start opening discussions on the topic. But the topic is viewed as somewhat touchy since domestic partners include those of the same sex.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming trustees are considering two proposals to reposition the university amid soaring energy prices and growing demand for natural gas, coal, oil and sources of renewable energy. One idea is a School of Energy Resources, which would have a dozen new professors and would oversee energy research at U-W. U-W trustees reviewed that plan Friday and they plan to vote tomorrow on whether to send the proposal to the Legislature. A separate proposal would revive U-W's undergraduate program in
Laramie, Wy – A statue of Chief Washakie, the famed and revered leader of the Eastern Shoshone tribe now sits on the University of Wyoming campus. A dedication ceremony for the statue took place Friday and started with the entrance of Eagle Spirit Dancers from the Wind River Reservation. The statue depicts Chief Washakie riding a horse into battle against the leader of the Crow tribe. A battle Washakie won. His great, great, grandson, George Abeyta, spoke saying the monument will remind people of Washakie's wisdom, courage, and nobility.
Denver, CO – For the first time, chronic wasting disease has been found in moose. Colorado wildlife officials say a bull moose killed by an archer this month tested positive for the brain-wasting disease that had been found only in deer and elk until now. Colorado made CWD testing in moose mandatory in Colorado in 2003. Nearly 300 moose have been tested since then without a positive result. The Colorado Division of Wildlife says C-W-D is likely to be a rare occurrence in moose because of their social habits.
Douglas, Wy – Members of the legislatures transportation committee will once again try and get more Highway Patrol Troopers on the states highways. The issue failed during last years legislative session, but supporters hope that it will gain more support during the upcoming budget session. House Transportation Chairman Dave Edwards of Douglas says the committee will ask that 20 more troopers be placed on Wyoming Highways. Edwards says studies show that 120 troopers are actually needed.
Riverton, WY – Devon Energy plans to drill up to 336 coal-bed methane wells on the Wind River Indian Reservation. According to Bureau of Indian Affairs documents, the project would be on nearly 14-thousand acres southeast of Riverton. Drilling could begin as soon as next year and is expected to occur over a ten-year period. Public comments regarding the proposal are being accepted until October 18th by the B-I-A and Bureau of Land Management.
Cheyenne, Wy – Two suspects sought in the death of a teenager who was beaten behind a Cheyenne convenience store were arrested today (Wednesday) in Mississippi. Police say Steaven Plummer and Michael Patterson were arrested by U-S marshals. Both are 21 years old. Cheyenne police are making arrangements to bring the two back to Wyoming. Nineteen-year-old J-D Blankinship died September 19th after he was attacked. Three other men were arrested previously in the case.