Gillette, WY – The speed limit on residential streets in Gillette has been lowered to 25 MPH. The City Council approved the change which will go into effect later this month or sometime in May. While drivers will need to slow down on residential streets, speed limits on certain heavily traveled roads in Gillette may be increased. The City Council is awaiting recommendations on that issue from city engineering staff.
Powell, Wy – Northwest College may be able to move its Cody Center into the former Marathon Building in time for the start of fall classes next September. The college has been looking to relocate to a bigger building. The 116-thousand-square-foot Marathon building is located in the heart of Cody. Northwest College President Miles LaRowe says the Cody Center would need about eight-thousand square feet of the building space. The county has plans to relocate the Cody Branch Library into the building.
Laramie, Wy – The Laramie Safe Project says sexual assault in Laramie is much more common then people realize. Safe's Sterling Harris says a common element in Laramie's sexual assault scene is date rape drugs. But Harris says they can take many forms.. if you think about it, anything that is going to cause sleepiness when combined with alcohol can be used as a date rape drug. Part of the problem is that they might be substances that are legal and they start to leave the body as soon as you ingest them, which makes them difficult to trace.
Laramie, Wy – When the U-S Surgeon General was appointed in 2002 he made it a goal to visit a school in every state. Tuesday he was in Wyoming and spoke to high school students in person and through a teleconferencing system. Vice Admiral Richard Carmona said the most important thing students can do to be healthy is stay in school because a college education is correlated with less smoking, more exercise and a better diet.
San Diego, CA – A $2 Billion project to develop a major electricity transmission line from Wyoming to California took a step forward Monday. Governor Dave Freudenthal and his counterparts from California, Nevada, and Utah have created a four-state partnership initiating the effort. The goal is to send power created by clean coal and renewable resources along the line to meet the growing energy needs of the West. Governor Freudenthal says this is the type of project that can alleviate the bottlenecks that have plagued electricity transmission out of Wyoming.
Laramie – Yesterday a judge in Laramie denied a motion to delay the smoking ban. This means that tomorrow it will be illegal to smoke in bars, restaurants and businesses open to the public. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay went downtown after reading the judge's opinion to talk with business owners
Jackson, Wy – It took nine months, but Jackson's new center for the arts has raised the necessary matching money to access 14 million dollars for capital projects. Director Mark Berry says the final donations came in a few minutes before last Friday's deadline. He says the facility is more then a decade in coming and people are excited about moving forward. "We are ready in Jackson Hole about this project. It is the right project at the right time.
Laramie, Wy – Laramie police have spent a lot of time talking about how they will enforce Laramie's new smoking ordinance. It goes into effect on Wednesday and smoking will no longer be allowed in Public buildings inside city limits. Jeff Bury of the Laramie Police Department says most of the enforcement will come from health inspectors and others who will ask business owners to remove ashtrays and that type of thing. But otherwise, Bury says they will enforce it like they do most things.