Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's Attorney General plans to ask a federal appeals court to review of a ruling that would allow more types of gambling on the Wind River Indian Reservation. That decision was made last month by a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney General Pat Crank wants the full court to consider the issue. A Northern Arapaho tribal spokesman says they are prepared to argue the case if it goes to the full appeals court.
Cheyenne, Wy – Reaction to the Governor's proposed budget is mostly positive. The Governor presented his budget to the Joint Appropriations committee Monday and made a pitch for several million dollars in one time projects, with another eye on establishing a savings account. However, the state is going to need to put several million more dollars into the department of health. The growth of that budget concerns the Governor and several committee members as well.
Cheyenne, Wy – Denying improper use of money and contending he followed rules to the best of his ability, State Superintendent Trent Blankenship made a case for the state to purchase a Riverton school for Special Education services. The request was denied by the Governor who contends Blankenship did not follow state guidelines to move into and remodel the site. State Auditor Max Maxfield also contends that the department of education improperly spent 600-thousand dollars on the site. Something Blankenship has trouble even responding to.
Laramie, Wy – Biologists working for the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service are recommending that the federal government not put the sage grouse on the Endangered Species List. Conservation groups responded saying they are disappointed by that decision, but Erik Molvar from the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance says they are not going to challenge that decision in the courts immediately because they want to see if the states can do a good job protecting sage grouse on their own.
Gillette, Wy – Two lawsuits filed by women who were switched at birth in Gillette 46 years ago have been settled. Shirley Larsen and Debra Morgan Delay were born in 1958 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital and were switched soon after birth. Larsen was born to Polly Leyva, of Worland, but grew up with the Morgan family in Gillette. Delay was born to Jean Morgan, but grew up believing that Leyva was her biological mother. The error was discovered three years ago, after Jim Morgan expressed doubt that Leyva was his biological daughter.
Cheyenne, WY – An $8 Million project to test cloud seeding in Wyoming is gaining support. The Wyoming Water Development Commission is backing the idea to see whether cloud seeding techniques could increase snowpacks in the Medicine Bow, Sierra Madre and Wind River mountain ranges. The five-year study must be approved by the state Legislature.
Cheyenne, WY – A report on the use of city credit cards will be presented to the Cheyenne city council and the mayor on Tuesday. The audit was called for to investigate the use of city credit cards by a former council employee who charged more than $500 to the card for personal items. Cheyenne Mayor Jack Spiker says the audit will be reviewed by the council and given to police detectives. Spiker says preliminary discussions with the auditor show no improper use of credit cards by city council members.
Las Vegas, NV – The UCLA Bruins will be Wyoming's Las Vegas Bowl opponent. Like the Cowboys, UCLA also brings a 6-5 record into the December 23rd bowl game. This weekend, the Bruins came close to knocking off top-ranked USC, falling 29-24. Wyoming and UCLA have never played before in football.