Oakland, CA – The city of Evanston can thank Forbes Magazine for a recent economic development success. When the California-based manufacturing company Everett Graphics decided to expand, the state of Wyoming wasn't originally on its radar screen. President Whit Everett says they were looking at Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah; when he read an article in Forbes about the best places in the US for small companies to do business. He says that ranked Casper and Cheyenne, one and two for cost of business and quality of life.
Laramie, Wy – Two of the leaders of the Wyoming Democratic Party have been elected to select positions in branches of the National Democratic Party. One is the executive director of the state party Kyle DeBeer. The other is Chairman Mike Gierau. DeBeer says it is possible this could mean more financial support for Democratic candidates running for Congress in Wyoming. In the past Democrats in Wyoming have noted a lack of interest in their races from the national party.
Laramie, Wy – The Teton County Commission has rejected a proposal to allow larger guest houses in the county. Commissioners say doubling the allowable size of guest houses to two-thousand square feet is excessive. Former planning commissioner Michael Shidner proposed excluding basements from the current one-thousand-square-foot cap on guest houses. Shidner said larger guest houses would provide more affordable housing. But opponents argued larger homes would increase property values, not create more affordable housing.
Laramie, Wy – A former trading manager for Western Gas Resources has been sued in federal court by government regulators who say he manipulated natural-gas prices for his own profit. The lawsuit alleges Andrew Richmond pressured his traders to report false information from Western Gas' gas transactions to an industry-pricing index service in 2000 and 2001. Richmond and the Denver-based company allegedly profited by increasing the spread between gas prices at two delivery locations.
Cheyenne, WY – Restrictions on water users along the North Platte River have been tightened again. State Engineer Pat Tyrrell says only users with water rights older than 1904 will be allowed to take water from the river between Pathfinder and Guernsey reservoirs. The restrictions, known as a "call," will be in place through May 1st. Tyrell says the latest call is the result of the need of irrigators in western Nebraska and because of continued forecasts of low runoff in the mountains that feed the North Platte.
Laramie, Wy – Correspondence, records and finances for an online school are being handled in Evanston, but that school doesn't have a state education license. The attorney for Richardson University, Cheyenne attorney Tim Kingston, says Richardson doesn't need a license from the state Department of Education. Kingston says the reason is because the school's academic work is handled in the Bahamas -- and NOT in Wyoming. Yet Richardson's Web site doesn't provide a Bahamas address -- nor any other address besides one in Evanston.
Laramie, Wy – Post offices in some states around the country are no longer staying open late on tax day, which is Friday. But, here in Wyoming everything is staying the same. A spokesperson for the Postal Service, Al DeSarro says the main post offices in Cheyenne, Casper, Wheatland and Rawlins will accept tax forms until midnight. All the other offices are keeping normal hours. DeSarro says the Postal Service predicts ten percent of all mailers will send in their taxes on Friday.
Cheyenne, Wy – Both sides are claiming victory over a federal court ruling concerning treatment and staffing at the state hospital. Judge Alan Johnson dismissed four of five causes of action in a lawsuit filed by Protection and Advocacy. But despite that ruling, P and A says the meat of their case is intact. Director Jeannie Thobro says they still plan to hold the state accountable. Thobro says despite the Judges action, the meat of their case against the state remains in tact. But Attorney General Pat Crank thinks the ruling resolves most outstanding issues.