Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:37:49 GMT
Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump 's pick for Education Secretary, raised eyebrows during her confirmation by refusing to say guns shouldn't be in schools and quipping that in one case in Wyoming, they would help protect against grizzly bears. When asked by Sen. Chris Murphy during the hours-long hearing Tuesday night whether she thinks guns have any place in or around schools, DeVos said the issue is "best left to locales and states to decide."
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:56:29 GMT
Class is in session for state lawmakers who are considering legislation that could have critical impacts on people's rights and the environment. According to the Pew Research Center, Wyoming has the shortest legislative session in the country.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:24:48 GMT
Brandy Fay Pendleton died Sunday, and an autopsy has been ordered. She was sentenced out of Uinta County in March 2006 to life in prison for conspiring to commit first-degree murder and for being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:10:25 GMT
Dan Dockstader, Wyoming Senator representing District 16 in Lincoln, Teton and Sublette Counties checks in each day with the Weekday Wake-up on Swift 98.7 FM and Black Mountain Country 1210 AM from 7-9 a.m. Today's update included a "slight uptick" in increased revenue but the session is still dealing with a $156 million shortfall in the budget. The 2017 Wyoming Legislative session is currently underway.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:32:58 GMT
High school graduation rates in Wyoming increased slightly for the fourth consecutive year, according to information released by the Wyoming Department of Education today. Students achieved an "on-time" graduation rate of 79.97% in 2015-16, the highest since 2009-10 when it reached 80.42%.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:09:59 GMT
The Cody Enterprise reported Monday that Wyoming Legacy Meats is working to attain licensing through the United States Department of Agriculture, a move that will allow the brand to sell Wyoming beef to markets beyond state borders. Cody orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Schmidt purchased the former Cody Meat slaughterhouse in September and rebranded it as Wyoming Legacy Meats.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:29:30 GMT
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Sen. James Anderson, R-Casper, is co-sponsoring a bill that would add people on the FBI's Terror Screening Database - which includes the so-called "no-fly list''- to the list of people who are not eligible to possess guns in Wyoming. Anderson says the bill may not come up for a vote this legislative session, but it's important that the Legislature discuss the issue of keeping potential terrorists from purchasing firearms.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:39:47 GMT
Most states distort the market in favor of renewable energy, using subsidies, incentives and other tools. But a group of Wyoming legislators have proposed precisely the opposite, introducing legislation that would penalize utility companies supplying consumers with wind-generated energy.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 04:34:40 GMT
A federal grand jury has indicted a former Wyoming doctor, his wife and a "patient" in a drug conspiracy case. Prosecutors allege Shakeel Kahn and his wife, Lyn Kahn, sold prescriptions for large amounts of opioids and anti-anxiety medication to people who did not need the drugs, but filled the prescriptions and sold the drugs on the street.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:04:50 GMT
Planning has begun for first the major commercial solar energy project in Wyoming, where almost 90 percent of electricity generation comes from burning coal. The Sweetwater Solar project 15 miles northwest of Green River in southwest Wyoming would generate 80 megawatts, enough electricity for 12,000 homes.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:13:45 GMT
As winter weather continues to impact many Wyoming highways, with some leading to highway closures, a recent event on South Pass between Farson and Lander highlights why it is important to heed the road closures. On January 11th, the Wyoming Highway Patrol received a call from a stranded motorist on Wyoming State Highway 28, which had been closed for nearly two days.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:25:08 GMT
A proposal to slash the number of school districts in Wyoming by more than half in order to save money doesn't appear it will make the grade in the state Legislature this year. Consolidating the state's 48 school districts into 23, or one per county, is among a number of ideas suggested to help address the state's K-12 funding crisis.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:33:49 GMT
Wyoming legislative leaders outlined how they intend to approach an education funding crisis as lawmakers convened for their annual session Tuesday, calling for more scrutiny of state spending and not ruling out tax increases to make up for lost revenue from coal, oil and natural gas. The state faces a more than $360 million annual K-12 budget shortfall amid a sharp downturn in fossil-fuels production.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:33:48 GMT
The proposal offered by Republican Rep. Mike Madden, of Buffalo, would allow up to 24 students per classroom in K-12 schools. Current state law provides a student-teacher ratio of 16-1 in kindergarten through third grade and 21 students in grades 6-12.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:28:35 GMT
The Wyoming State Liquor Association believes a proposal to change the rules governing inoperative liquor licenses could help quiet the rancor about a population-based cap on the licenses. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that none of the bills before the Legislature directly alter the population-based cap, but there is a bill to stop license owners from "parking" their licenses by forcing them to be used within two years of acquisition.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 01:47:53 GMT
We have been talking about coping with the Wyoming winds but do you know how to deal with the winds while driving? When winds blow over 50 miles per hour WYDOT sets out warning, these signs are not just for trailers or semi-trucks but also for smaller cars. Jeff Goetz, WYDOT Public Relations Specialists, "It's up to people to heed those warnings, but we are saying that the conditions could be right to blow a light trailer over, say a camper, or even a boat or a semi with an empty load.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:04:06 GMT
Some of the proposals by Campbell County legislators to deal with the state's revenues and reduce the severance tax on coal have been added to the list of bills legislators will consider starting this week. Rep. Tim Hallinan, R-Gillette, returns the state House after an absence of a few years and introduced both measures Monday.