Energy Jobs May Threaten Community College Enrollment
Powell – Northwest College in Powell saw an abrupt halt to several years of growing enrollment this fall. Six percent fewer students are attending classes and that may be tied to Wyoming's strong economy. High-paying jobs in the minerals sector are not resulting in an exodus from the state's seven community colleges. But Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports it's one of two serious challenges facing the community college system
Cheyenne, Wy – Former Governor Stan Hathaway remains hospitialized...but his daughter say he is doing better. The 81 year old Hathaway is listed in serious condition at United Medical Center-West in Cheyenne. Officials cannot discuss what Hathaway is being treated for. But Hathway's daughter, Susan Garrett says her father has improved, but there is no word on when he might be able to go home. Hathaway was admitted on Tuesday. He was Wyoming Governor from 1967 to 1975 and served a short time as President
Cheyenne, Wy – The legislature provided about a million dollars for a working group to develop a business school and executive training center in Jackson. But after several meetings, it looks like the best that can be developed are high profile seminars. Some are questioning whether the money to look at the matter was wasted. When asked about the issue, Governor Dave Freudenthal says the study probably could have been done with a lot less money but he also notes that it led to a long look at the U-W business school in Laramie.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas says he'll vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. After meeting with Roberts Wednesday, Thomas described the nominee as a commonsense, well-educated person. Thomas, a Republican, said he talked with Roberts about private property rights, the Endangered Species Act and other issues of interest in Wyoming. The state's other senator, Republican Michael Enzi, also says he'll vote for the to approve Roberts, a former attorney in the Reagan and first Bush administrations.
Laramie, Wy – About ten percent of the cement that comes into this country came through the port of New Orleans. But, because of Hurricane Katrina there is now less cement available for construction. The executive vice president of the Wyoming Contractors Association, Charlie Ware, says that means prices are up and companies in the state aren't able to do as much work as normal. He says one company in Casper now only does commercial contracts and stopped doing residential projects, other companies now work four days a week instead of five.
Laramie, Wy – A wind-driven grass fire forced the evacuation of an elementary school near Cheyenne Tuesday afternoon, but it was quickly contained by firefighters and caused no major damage. The fire was started accidentally at 1:10 p-m by a welding crew working on a radio tower along Wyoming 223 just south of Cheyenne. Laramie County Sheriff's Department spokesperson says no one was hurt and only a small electrical shed was damaged.
Laramie, Wy – Over the last two years more natural gas became available in the Rocky Mountain Region. That information comes from the Potential Supply of Natural Gas in the United States report. Doctor John Curtis helps draft the report. He says the reason for the nine percent increase is explained by breakthroughs in technology. This is the 40th year of the report and Curtis says it shows the Rocky Mountains could supply the nation with natural gas for 60 years. He says right now producers are extracting a little more than one percent of the existing gas each year.