Laramie, WY – One of the three Democratic candidates seeking Wyoming's lone Congressional seat says the federal government should trust local communities when it comes to education. John Henley of Casper says if elected he would like to repeal or severely modify the No Child Left Behind Act. He believes the act can be used to have federal officials tell individual schools how to run their schools. The Casper lawyer says if elected, his focus would be on lowering the cost of health care.
Laramie, Wy – A funeral was held Thursday on Mount McKinley for a Wyoming man who died on the mountain 35 years ago. The body of Gary Cole, of Cody, was buried in a quiet ceremony attended by mountaineering rangers and National Park Service volunteers. Rangers dug a grave 12 feet into the snow near the outer edge of a glacial basin at 14-thousand-200-feet below the West Buttress route. The body was lowered into the grave and covered. Cole was 32 when he died of acute mountain sickness in June 1969.
Cheyenne, Wy – Lawmakers will get to debate a bill that would allow courts to set up structured payments in medical malpractice cases. It means that victims would get periodic payments if they win a judgment, rather then a lump sum. A legislative super committee approved the bill after a lengthy discussion over whether the legislation would hurt victims if they had to wait to collect a judgment. Insurance companies support the legislation and medical providers say it is a tool that could help reduce rising medical malpractice costs.
Laramie, Wy – The state's bucking horse and rider logo is safe for now. A charity from Texas was challenging Wyoming's ownership of the logo, but Thursday the group and the state announced they have reached a compromise. Secretary of State Joe Meyer says defending the trademark was expensive, costing the state over $100,000. Meyer says he does not think it is likely that any other group will ever challenge the state's ownership of the logo. Especially because they often let charities use the image.
Cheyenne, WY – The federal government is reminding states they need to spend or earmark education money by September 30th or lose it. In Wyoming, officials are sawying they anticipate spending all of the state's share. Department of Education Finance Director Fred Hansen says in the past, there have been a few times when they didn't spend all the funds the federal government earmarked for Wyoming. But he says most school districts are familiar with federal programs and certainly have planned to apply for the federal money.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser says recent wet weather doesn't mean predictions about a severe fire season ahead are wrong. Crapser says the recent moisture has been good for farmers, ranchers and homeowners, but it can also be a curse. He says rain can help firefighters get control of blazes. But Crapser says it also promotes the growth of fine fuels and when those fuels dry out, the fire danger increases. He says the rains have done nothing to replenish the moisture in trees following years of drought.
Cheyenne, WY – Slow-moving thunderstorms drenched parts of central and southeastern Wyoming Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for several counties including southern parts of Cheyenne, which picked up two inches of rain. Officially, Cheyenne recorded six-tenths of an inch. Rawlins picked up more than a half inch of rain, a record for that date in the city. Riverton received from a quarter to a half inch of rain. Flash Flood Warnings were issued for Fremont, Albany, Laramie and Platte counties through Wednesday evening.