Cheyenne, WY – The state School Facilities Commission will stay out of a local fight on where to build a new school in Lincoln County's Star Valley. The local school district has decided to locate a new elementary school in the town of Etna. But a group of Alpine residents has argued against the decision, saying explosive growth in their end of the valley makes Alpine the ideal location for the school. The school board has countered that Etna makes the most sense because it is centrally located.
Casper, Wy – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can now operate the Martin's Cove Historical Site for tourism, education and religious observances for the next 25 years. State Bureau of Land Management director Bob Bennett signed lease papers yesterday (Tuesday) in Cheyenne covering 933 acres of public lands surrounding the site in central Wyoming. The actual area considered to be Martin's Cove is 200 acres. The signing culminated years of negotiations among the church, Congress and the federal government.
Cheyenne, WY – The price to build the state's new medium-security prison has gone up by about $15 million. Earlier estimates showed a $70 million price-tag. That is now about $84.4 million. Wyoming Department of Corrections Director Bob Lampert says the cost for the prison shouldn't go any higher. Lampert's agency will recommend either Torrington, Rawlins, or Riverton as a site for the facility, with the Legislature making the final decision.