Green River, Wy – While the Economic Development Group Green River Futures looks to the Salt Lake City area for companies to come to his community, they also are looking for existing companies that want to expand. Green River Futures Director Stephen Heavener says they need to focus on helping start up businesses expand, and entreprenuers get started. He believes there are currently some new opportunities for start up business and he thinks all the states communities should look to develop their own jobs.
Sheridan, Wy – Creeks and streams in northern and central Wyoming began receding today (Thursday) as rain gave way to snow, but forecasters are concerned that a weekend warmup could initiate another round of flooding. In Sheridan, National Guard troops, city workers and volunteers filled about ten-thousand sandbags to stem the rising waters of Big and Little Goose creeks. Some basements in Sheridan were flooded, mainly due to rising groundwater levels. The Weather Service says that since last Friday, Sheridan has
Laramie, Wy – Officials have declared a state of emergency in Sheridan County because of flooding. Captain Susan Guilford from Sheridan Police Department says so far some roads and bridges have washed out and a few streets are under water in the city. She says some people may need to evacuate their homes if water levels continue to rise. And Guilford says even though the precipitation is slowing down things might get worse if temperatures warm up later this week and melt the snow in the area.
Laramie, Wy – There will be no trial on the smoking ban referendum in Laramie. A judge today ruled that the attorney challenging the validity of the vote did not show that any alleged irregularities affected the outcome so there is no need for a trial. This is not the end of this case though. City councilor Joe Hageman says there will be an appeal even if he has to pay for it by himself. Hageman may also bring a proposal to the council to change the smoking ban. He says he will get information on sales receipts to see if the ban has affected business in town.
Saratoga, Wyoming – The state Board of Education has approved more detailed rules for revoking licenses for private schools. The action came yesterday (Tuesday) during the board's meeting in Saratoga. The rules would apply to universities that offer distance education and maintain a presence in Wyoming. Superintendent of Public Instruction Trent Blankenship praised the changes but reiterated the department's position that the state should require accreditation from a third party.
Jackson, Wy – Teton County Commissioners will wait a week before resuming discussions on a plan by Snake River Associates to develop housing, a golf course, commercial properties and other amenities on some land east of Teton Village. Commissioners had another full day of public testimony, and adjourned the meeting at five, and will resume next Tuesday. Commissioners spent Tuesday discussing some new conditions to add to the expansion plan. Meanwhile, Monday night the Jackson Town Council offered its support for the expansion plan.
Laramie, Wy – The Institute of Medicine estimates that over half a million Americans die each year because of medical errors. However, there is no estimate for the number of deaths that occur in Wyoming because right now the state does not keep track of this information, but as of July first it will. Senator Mike Massie helped create a law to compile this data. He says the system that will go into effect is similar to those in several other states.
Laramie, Wy – The American Civil Liberties Union says that violence is increasing at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins. A-C-L-U attorney Steven Pevar says the escalation of violence is "very concerning." He says he's closely following the investigation into an altercation April 20th in which one inmate was sent to the hospital. In a letter to the Casper Star-Tribune, Christopher Pullie and Darrell Booker identified themselves as two of the five black victims of that attack, which they contend was racially motivated.