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.
Laramie, Wy – A professor at U-W is making the case for giving forests, wetlands and other parts of the environment an economic value. Doctor Ed Barbier helped write a report on this subject with the National Academy of Sciences. He says the question is what happens if decision makers don't put a value on nature. Barbier says the answer is that we might overuse a part of the environment or even underuse it if we assume the value is more than it actually is. He says this valuation is important.
Laramie, Wy – The state Board of Education approved more detailed rules Tuesday for revoking licenses for private schools. 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, something only the legislature can do.
Laramie, Wy – The lead prosecutor in the case against an inmate charged in the death of a Wyoming Honor Farm nurse last year has resigned. A search is under way for a replacement for Fremont County deputy attorney Marcia Bean, who resigned last month. Fremont County Attorney Ed Newell estimated that Bean was handling 30 to 40 felony cases at the time of her resignation. Among them was the prosecution of Floyd DeWayne Grady, who is accused of killing Honor Farm nurse Tammy Sue Watts in April 2004. Grady's trial is set to begin in October.
Laramie, Wy – Teton County Commissioners could vote Tuesday on a plan to rezone over 500 acres for the purpose of new homes, a golf course, commercial space and other facilities near Teton Village. Snake River Associates is proposing the Teton Village expansion plan that would take over a large area of open space. County Commission Chairman Larry Jorgenson says the issues are development versus impacts. Supporters say it will enhance the local economy, and provide more amenities. Opponents say increased traffic, and forever changing the area are huge downsides.
Laramie, Wy – Twelve homeowners in Rawlins have filed a lawsuit claiming that a crematory near their neighborhood is a nuisance and a health hazard. The Rostad Mortuary has had air testing done on the crematory's smokestack, and the test results did NOT find any violation of Wyoming air standards. But the homeowners say the cremation has caused them physical and emotional injuries. They also say that the cremation violates city ordinances and state law.
Pinedale, Wy – The Sublette County Sheriff's Department is investigating anti-gay slurs spray painted on the pickup truck of an openly gay Pinedale High School student. Kourtney Kellen, 16 and a sophomore, said she discovered the vandalism Friday night when she left her house to give a friend a ride home. Kellen said she has been open about being a lesbian, and that most people at school were OK with it, but that she'd recently had a disagreement with a boy in her class.