Lusk, WY – Seven of the candidates hoping to serve out the term of the state's top educator answered questions from local Republican Party members in Lusk Wednesday. A growing list of people is vying to succeed Trent Blankenship, who resigned as superintendent of public instruction this week. In Lusk, the candidates were asked about dealing with federal education requirements, small schools, and the fact that 20 percent of Wyoming schools failed to meet progress standards this year. Meanwhile, Wednesday Marc Mason of Cheyenne became the tenth to launch a campaign for the post.
Casper, Wy – The new 400 million dollar scholarship plan for Wyoming high school graduates is taking form. While the legislature will have the final say on who gets money, it appears the bar will not be too high. The current recommendation is that to qualify for 750 dollars a semester a student only has to get a two-point-five grade point average and score 17 on the ACT. To get 1000 dollars a semester Wyoming high schoolers would have to get a three-point-oh GPA and score 21 on the ACT. Students could get more money if they do better than that too.
Laramie, Wy – Nationwide, some governors are concerned that National Guard deployments leave them with less people and equipment at home- especially during fire season. But that's not the case in Wyoming. ROSE DAVIS WITH THE INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER IN BOISE SAYS THE FIRE SEASON ISN'T SO BAD...AT LEAST NOT YET. AND SHE SAYS FIREFIGHTERS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED.
Torrington, WY – With a state prison on the way, Torrington and Goshen County will soon be enjoying some considerable job creation. And it's not just the jail. Heartland Biocomposites, a wood-substitute manufacturer, will create 20 jobs immediately and at least 90 down the line. Brad Sutherland is the Goshen County Economic Development Corporation's Executive Director. He says the 300-plus jobs at the prison will pay over $26,000 as a starting wage, 14% higher then the county's current average salary. Sutherland expects there will be some stress on existing companies.
Laramie, Wyoming – The Wyoming Republican Central Committee will meet August 13th to try and whittle nine State Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidates down to three. The group of nine has hopes of filling the final two years of the term left vacant when Trent Blankenship formally resigned this week. The candidates will be chosen by the 69 members of the committee following presentations. Republican Party Chairman Drake Hill says the Central Committee will ask about the candidate's views on No Child Left Behind and several Wyoming issues.