Laramie, Wy – The National Education Association and a few school districts around the country have filed suit against the Secretary of Education. The groups are saying that the federal government is violating the No Child Left Behind Act by not paying for everything it mandates.
Cheyenne, WY – Cheyenne residents will face normal water restrictions this summer. Board of Public Utilities Water Conservation Specialist Clint Bassett says city reservoirs are at normal levels right now. Still, he says there will be some restrictions as part of Cheyenne's wise water use plan, which has been used to promote efficient water use over the last two years. Cheyenne residents will not be able to water between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm and will be limited to watering their lawns three times a week. Flowers and gardens, though, can be watered any day.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Catholics and Wyoming's Bishop are mostly positive about the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new Pope. The 78 year old Pope is regarded as a centrist, and many Wyoming catholics who were contacted were initially pleased. Pope Benedict the 16th is viewed as one of the leading conservatives of the Catholic Church, but Mary Shirk of Cheyenne thinks that is a good thing. Cheyenne Diocese Bishop David Ricken was interested that an older Pope was chosen.
Evanston, Wy – Authorities in Evanston have identified the two firefighters who were killed battling a residential blaze yesterday (Monday) afternoon. The victims were 23-year-old Jacob Cook -- who had been married only a few weeks -- and 39-year-old Robert Henderson, a married father of three. Both were Evanston residents. They died from injuries suffered in an explosion after they went into a burning town home to attempt a rescue of children reportedly trapped inside. As it turned out, there was nobody inside the building.
Cheyenne, Wy – A report that details some goals and objectives for improving the lives of families and children is being praised by Governor Dave Freudenthal. Called the Wyoming Family Photo , it was developed by the states children and families initiative. Governor Freudenthal says it provides some clear direction and goals so progress can be made.
Boise, ID – The federal government says it will allow ten large air tankers to return to their firefighting fleet this year. And more aircraft could be cleared for service pending an ongoing study. Last May, the Forest Service and the Department of the Interior terminated contracts for 33 large air tankers following three crashes. Federal officials later agreed to return some large tankers to service if operators could prove the aircraft were safe to fly.
Cheyenne, WY – With gas prices well over two dollars a gallon, fuel efficiency is taking on greater importance. The state Department of Environmental Quality is currently showcasing a fuel efficient hybrid car. A grant from the Environmental Protection Agency allowed the DEQ to lease a hybrid Honda Civic that the agency has been using for the last six months. The DEQ's Robin Lockman says they hope to raise awareness in the state about hybrids. She says the car gets about 50 miles per gallon and emits 5% less pollution.
Evanston, WY – Two Evanston firefighters died yesterday and three others were injured in an apparent explosion at a burning townhouse complex. Initial reports are that the victims were searching for children believed to be inside a burning home. The names of the victims weren't immediately released. Eric Quinney is chief administrative officer for the Evanston Fire Department. He declined comment on a possible cause of the fire, saying an investigation is underway.