Jackson Hole, Wy – Grand Teton National Park is looking for public comment on its proposed Transportation plan. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement proposes a limited transit program, roadway shoulder improvements and pathways for bikes and walkers. Park Spokeswoman Joan Anzelmo says the pathways could provide a new experience for those visiting the park. Anzelmo says other transit options would also connect riders with the town of Jackson.
Laramie, Wy – A proposed blasting and mineral development project proposed for the Beartooth Mountains has some residents of Clark upset. Negative environmental, wildlife and public impacts are all listed by the Clark Resource Council as reasons they oppose the project. Windsor Wyoming wants to conduct several underground seismic tests to locate mineral deposits in the area in extreme northern Park County.
Laramie, Wy – Business owners along the Wyoming-Montana border say more Montana residents are crossing over to buy cigarettes in Wyoming, since Montana increased its cigarette tax. Wyoming has one of the nation's lower cigarette taxes at just 60 cents per pack. That's a-dollar-ten per pack lower than Montana's tax - or eleven-dollars per carton.
Cheyenne, Wy – While business leaders want Family Leave more clearly defined, others are critical of states for not having mandated family leave policies. Earlier this month, a study was critical of states like Wyoming that do not have mandated polices. But Wyoming A-F-L C-I-O Director Kim Floyd says that is not likely to change, because Wyoming is a Right to Work state.
Jackson, Wy – A proposal to eradicate brucellosis from the greater Yellowstone ecosystem has raised concern from conservationists and praise from ranchers. Conservationists say they worry the proposal signals a shift toward more aggressive tactics to combat the disease that would treat wildlife like livestock. Cattle ranchers say a more aggressive approach is long overdue. The proposal was presented yesterday (Wednesday) at a meeting of the Greater Yellowstone Interagency Brucellosis Committee in Jackson.
Casper, Wy – The Casper College President wants to work even more closely with business leaders in his community, to offer education and training. Doctor Walter Nolte returned from a U-W Senate Education Roundtable where such partnerships were discussed. Nolte says major corporations had interesting things to say about working with educational institutions. "That they often don't get asked by Colleges and University's to offer partnerships." Nolte adds that is why Casper College has hired a Dean at Casper College who will develop better relationships and partnerships.
Casper, Wy – The new scholarship program for Wyoming residents will provide a boost to the state. That's the opinion of the executive director of the Wyoming Community College Commission, Jim Rose. He also says the money from the Hathaway Scholarships could mean students will finish college more quickly and it could increase the number of high school graduates that go to college. Right now about 50% of them go on to higher education.
Cheyenne, WY – A survey by the City of Cheyenne shows residents strongly support a ban on smoking in restaurants. More than 68% of respondents say they would support the ban. Cheyenne City Councilman Don Pierson says that's an overwhelming majority and he plans to introduce a smoking ban next January. The city's survey also asked about a ban on smoking in all public places. 60% of residents say they would support that.