Laramie, Wy – The new cost estimates for installing sprinkler systems in student housing at the state's seven community colleges is now just under three million dollars. The Wyoming Community College Commission and the state Fire Marshal's office have been studying sprinkler costs in residence halls since a March 30 fire gutted a dorm at Northwest College. The college commission plans to submit a supplemental budget request for the work.
Laramie, Wy – The Game and Fish Department is announcing the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in a new area. The deer came from a location near the Snowy Range Mountains near the Colorado border. It is an area where C-W-D has not been found before, but officials say the finding is not surprising. The Game and Fish department reports testing 950 animals so far this fall with 13 positive results. This being the only new area documented. There is still no evidence that C-W-D can move from deer and elk to humans.
Washington DC – THE PRICE OF OIL NOW HOVERS AROUND 50 DOLLARS A BARREL. AND THERE'S NO RELIEF IN SIGHT. REPUBLICAN WYOMING SENATOR CRAIG THOMAS BLAMES THE PROBLEM ON THE FAILURE OF CONGRESS TO APPROVE A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY BILL. IN PARTICULAR, THOMAS PLACES MUCH OF THAT BLAME ON DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE JOHN KERRY. CHAD PERGRAM REPORTS FROM OUR CAPITOL HILL BUREAU
Cheyenne, WY – There's been a delay in leasing Martin's Cove to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been delayed. The 25-year lease was to be signed Thursday. And Thursday morning the BLM released the document on the Internet. But by 10am, the document had been removed. A Wyoming BLM spokeswoman says the document needed to be reviewed in Washington before being issued publicly. It's now unclear when the document will be signed.
Ft. Collins, CO – There's some added drama to Friday night's Border War game between Wyoming and Colorado State. Earlier this week, someone apparently entered CSU's Hughes Stadium and sprayed chemicals on the field, leaving the letters "U" and "W" painted on the field. The letters are 30 feet high and 75 feet wide. CSU athletic director Mark Driscoll says the grounds crew is working diligently to rectify the situation and that the vandalism will have no effect on the quality of the playing surface.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's revenue outlook continues to be very positive. The figures from October show the forecast for the general fund this year up $42 million dollars from projections in January. Governor Dave Freudenthal says it is important to keep putting money into the Permanent Mineral Trust Fund, which has been used to keep taxes low, but he says that needs to be balanced with the effort to expand the economy for today and the future. Freudenthal says he would like to use the extra revenue at the University of Wyoming, in local communities and to protect wildlife.