Laramie, Wy – A group called Students For Progressive Action is beginning a statewide campaign to empower Wyoming's youth. Founder Adrian Molina says he grew up in Wyoming and almost did not attend college. So, the first year U-W law student is trying to help kids that are just like he was. Tonight his organization will begin a High School coaching initiative to try and reach students in a number of Wyoming communities.S-P-A recently got a Daniels Fund grant to launch the program. The official unveiling will take place tonight at seven at the Wyoming Union.
Cheyenne, WY – A rezoning application needed to create a second Cheyenne business park easily cleared its first hurdle Monday night. The City/County Planning Commission unanimously recommended rezoning the property in about 20 minutes. The only public comment was a petition in favor of the rezoning signed by 44 residents who live near the property. The 612 acre parcel is on the western edge of Cheyenne, between Interstate 80 and the Happy Jack Road.
Laramie, Wy – Restoring a cut to its athletics budget request will be a key focus of the University of Wyoming when the legislature meets next week. The issue centers on the Joint Appropriations Committee's cut of a request of ten million of state money and the ability for U-W to raise and spend an additional 10 million for athletics. The committee only ok'd a total of five million dollars. U-W President Phil Dubois notes that those who voted against the request are concerned that too much is going to football.
Cheyenne, Wy – The governor announced Tuesday that he's prepared to fight the federal government in court over the state's wolf management plan. So far he has the support of the ag community and key legislators In a meeting with leaders from several agriculture groups Governor Dave Freudenthal said he does not want the state to change its wolf management plan. He would rather litigate the issue.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming lawmakers will be asked to consider a graduated driver's license bill once again. Similar legislation failed last session, but Casper Police Chief Tom Pagel is hopeful about the effort this time around. One change made to the legislation regards driver training. A requirement for an official driver's education course was replaced by 50 hours of adult-supervised driving. While he supports the bill, Pagel isn't sure about the change. He says any time you don't articulate exactly what training is required, you have a "fudge factor" in there.
Laramie, Wy – The 100 Days of Arts campaign exceeded its fundraising goal this week. The Wyoming Arts Council needed to raise 100-thousand dollars as matching money to receive 100-thousand from the legislature. And the campaign to do that went over the edge last weekend with a fundraiser in Denver. 100 Days of Arts Coordinator Sonya Chung-Hirano thinks the success shows how much individual Wyomingites care about the arts.
Casper, WY – Casper College has narrowed its search for a new President to four candidates. All have community college experience and ties to the west. The finalists are: Skip Gillum, Casper College's Vice President for Academic Affairs; Richard Fleming of Hobbs, New Mexico; Robert Musgrove of Pine City, Minnesota; and Walter Nolte of Trenton, Missouri. The college hopes to name a replacement by the end of March. The new President will replace Leroy Strausner, who announced in August he planned to retire in June after 13 years as the college's top executive.
Laramie, Wy – By an act of Congress National Forests can now use camping fees to improve their campgrounds. The spokesperson for the Shoshone National Forest, Gordon Warren, says this is just a trial project, but it will be a big help. He says they've got some picnic tables and outhouses from the 1960s. Warren says his forest used to get money from timber sales, but they don't do as many of those any more so they didn't have enough money to keep up with needs at campgrounds. Improvement projects will start this summer.
Laramie, Wy – A Teton County man died over the weekend after being swept 17-hundred feet down a mountain in an avalanche near Teton Pass in northwest Wyoming. It is the first avalanche fatality of the winter in Wyoming. The victim was identified as 48-year-old Ray Azar, of Teton Village. Authorities say he died Saturday of suffocation after being buried for about an hour. Friends say the avalanche swept Azar down the southeast face of the Pyramid, a peak north of Teton Pass.