The 24/7 Sobriety Program Bill has passed general file in the Wyoming Senate.
The bill would create the option for people who have been arrested for substance abuse misdemeanors to be tested regularly for drug or alcohol use instead of staying in jail. If the offender fails to complete or pass a test, he or she would be arrested and appear in front of a judge.
The program would mainly be funded by fees paid up-front by the offenders themselves.
Natural gas prices hit a 5-year high this week in response to news that another bout of extreme cold weather will hit the Northeast and Midwest in coming days. Previous cold snaps this winter have led to record consumption of natural gas, which in turn has drawn down reserves. In response, prices have climbed more than 40 percent since the beginning of the year, reaching over $6 per million BTU Wednesday.
Doug Hock is a spokesman for Encana, the largest natural producer in Wyoming. He says the upswing is a welcome change of pace, after years of low prices.
The State Senate has given initial approval to a change in the way Wyoming handles involuntary hospitalization of those needing mental health treatment. The bill removes the requirement that a judge must review the involuntary commitment within 72 hours of it taking place.
My name is Emiline Ostlind, I’m from Big Horn Wyoming. I grew up in Wyoming but I’ve lived out of state a couple of times. I spent a little over a year in Washington D.C. and when I lived there I would stream Wyoming Public Radio online because I loved hearing the weather in Pinedale, and just little snippets of information, and underwriting statements from businesses I recognized.
The Wyoming Senate began debate on a bill that would increase bonding requirements for oil and gas operators on split estate properties.
The bill would increase the bond for operators drilling on land where they don't own the surface rights from two-thousand dollars to ten thousand. Supporters say that operators are causing surface damage in excess of ten thousand dollars.
Senators voted down an amendment to reduce limit the bond to six thousand dollars. Kaycee Senator John Schiffer says the higher bond helps protect landowner rights.
Murray "Murf" Self grew up in Centennial where his father Pat ran the Old Corral Hotel & Steakhouse. When Pat was eighteen years old, he started receiving a money from the VA on account of his own father’s death in World War I. This windfall marked the beginning of Pat Self’s tumultuous life with fancy cars.
Have you ever wondered why so many small towns have turned their old train depots into museums? In a story about his mother’s quest to open an interpretive center in Centennial, Self explains how.
The Wyoming House of Representatives has defeated an attempt to increase state, University, and Community College pay hikes from two percent to two and a half percent in each of the next two years.
Supporters say government employees have not had a raise in four years and many are leaving. But Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau finds that hard to believe. Lubanu says he has lost a number of employees to government employers.
A bill that would allow local school boards to decide if teachers can have guns in schools has been approved by the Senate Education Committee.
Sponsor Paul Barnard of Evanston says the idea is to make schools safer. He says teachers would undergo extensive and recurring training. Barnard says smaller districts especially may benefit from the bill.
A number of speakers asked the Legislature's Joint Labor and Health Committee to pass a bill that would expand Medicaid services in the state. However the committee adjourned and did not return to vote on the bill.
The measure would use federal money to provide insurance well over 17-thousand uninsured people in Wyoming. Supporters ranged from Laramie County who's concerned about raising taxes to make up for 12 million dollars in uncompensated care to those who can't afford health insurance.