Laramie, Wy – The Bush administration has asked the U-S Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that favored the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes. The case is about a dispute over management of money from mineral development. The lower court ruled the federal government mismanaged money held in trust for the tribes as a result of energy development on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Laramie, Wy – The high price of gas is hitting the state in the pocket book. School districts from around Wyoming get reimbursed by the state for the cost of fueling up their buses. Last year that had a price tag of almost two-point-eight million dollars. That will certainly go up this year as prices continue to climb. The Department of Education's Leeds Pickering says even if districts want to use less fuel there is little they can do because all the buses in the state's fleet are modern and as efficient as possible.
Cheyenne, WY – The state Travel Director is pleased with the feedback they've gotten on Wyoming's latest tourism marketing campaign. Diane Shober says there had been about 15,000 inquiries through March. As usual, the state is focusing on the so-called drive market, areas that are close enough to visit Wyoming by car. Because of skyrocketing gas prices, Shober says they are beefing up their regional marketing by about $200,000 this year. Overall, the state is spending $3.7 Million on tourism advertising this year.
Cheyenne, Wy – Budget Cuts By President Bush could impact the Division of Criminal Investigations ability to fight drug crimes in Wyoming. Governor Dave Freudenthal says budget cuts would remove funding from a grant Wyoming uses to fight crimes associated with Methamphetamine. He says the state does not have the ability to replace that. The state gets almost 2 million in grant money. That could be cut by over a half next year, before it is zeroed out.
Yellowstone National Park – Federal Investigators say a fatal plane crash in Yellowstone National Park was caused by propeller problems. The crash occurred a year and a half ago near Old Faithful. It killed James Wright of Oregon.
Laramie, WY – Committee work has started on studying a possible executive training center and graduate business school in Teton County. The feasibility study was approved by the Wyoming Legislature this year. The training center and graduate school would be affiliated with the University of Wyoming. And planners are consistently expressing their hope that this effort will not come at the expense of the University. Brent Hathaway is UW's College of Business Dean.
Powell, Wy – State Senator Laness Northrup of Powell has died from cancer. The 72 year old Northrup was a Republican who was elected in 2002. One of his sons, David Northrup, said that his father had been undergoing treatment for colon cancer and that the disease had gone into remission. However, the elder Northrup developed lung cancer last month and his son says his condition quickly deteriorated. He died last night (Tuesday) at a Billings, Montana, hospital.
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Freudenthal says he expects Wyoming to continue getting less homeland security funding. But he isn't sure how much less funding can be expected. The federal government is working on a risk-based system of allocating homeland security funds. That's after lawmakers from large states, like New York, complained that more sparsely populated states like Wyoming received more funding per person. Wyoming has already received 37 percent less federal homeland security funding this year than last year.