In a letter signed by 16 senators and himself, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi has asked the federal Committee on Appropriations to continue funding the Payments in Lieu of Taxes – or PILT - program. The program contributes money to counties with federal lands within their borders. The payments help make up for what counties lose by not being able to collect taxes on those lands.
The Natrona County health department is investigating and outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness, often known as the “stomach flu.”
State epidemiologist Tracy Murphy says several people who have reported the problem had eaten at the same Casper restaurant, but he declined to name the restaurant until the county has wrapped up its investigation. Murphy says it it’s premature to blame the outbreak on food poisoning.
A conservation group is urging Wyoming counties to be cautious with subdivisions, because the overall costs might be more than the county anticipated.
John Heyneman with the Sonoran Institute in Wyoming prepared a report for the Natrona County Commissioners, which says good prior planning and partnerships with city officials can help save counties money.
As most know, school reform is far from novel. It has been a catch word for many years. But at a time when Casper was looking a building a new high school, school officials thought that a new approach in education should be part of new construction. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports…