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Wyoming halts work on science teaching standards
RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Board of Education has suspended work on new standards for science education in public schools until the state Legislature rescinds a recent mandate for those standards.
Board member Pete Gosar says the board approved the resolution 10-1 in Rawlins on Tuesday because it took offense at how lawmakers got involved in the issue.
Last winter, the Legislature and Gov. Matt Mead approved a state budget containing a footnote that prohibits Wyoming from adopting guidelines called the Next Generation Science Standards. Lawmakers expressed concern that the standards endorse the theory of man-made climate change.
The legislation prompted state education officials to begin to re-examine science standards they were planning to adopt.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports Tuesday's vote implements science standards that Wyoming adopted back in 2008.
CHEYENNE HOSPITAL CUTS
Cheyenne hospital looks for $17 million in cuts
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Cheyenne Regional Medical Center plans to cut $17 million in spending over two years but wants to avoid layoffs.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Wednesday the hospital will look for savings in purchased services and supplies, and will also seek to reduce labor costs by attrition.
Hospital officials say a decline in revenue from in-patient care is one reason for the cuts. They also cited uncertainty about the economy and the effects of the Affordable Care Act and changes in Medicare reimbursements.
The hospital expects to lose about $3 million in 2014-15 because the Medicare changes.
Kerry Warburton, the hospital's chief financial officer, says the medical center decided to target specific areas for cuts rather than go for across-the-board reductions.
Teton commissioners approve teacher housing
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Teton County commissioners have approved the final development plan for an affordable housing development for local teachers.
The development in Wilson will have 11 homes, each with three bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms. The homes will cost no more than $422,500 each.
Housing in Jackson Hole is notoriously expensive. Local officials for years have struggled to find ways to provide affordable housing for essential workers such as police, teachers and firefighters.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the teacher housing development will be built on property belonging to the Teton County School District. Developers say they expect to begin work on the site next week.
LARAMIE COUNTY LODGING TAX
Laramie County to vote on extending lodging tax
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Laramie County voters will be asked in November whether to renew a 10 percent tax on hotel and motel rooms that pays for tourism promotion.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the county commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to put the tax extension on the Nov. 4 ballot.
The levy generated $1.6 million last year. The money goes to Visit Cheyenne, which promotes tourism in Cheyenne and surrounding Laramie County.
Scott French, vice chairman of Visit Cheyenne's board, says the tax doesn't hurt tourism because travelers are accustomed to paying it in many cities.
Darren Rudloff, president of Visit Cheyenne, says the tax passed with 78 percent of the vote the last time it was on the ballot.
ROCK SPRINGS AIRPORT
Rock Springs asked to increase air service subsidy
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - The Rock Springs City Council is being asked to increase its subsidy for Sky West Airlines service to Salt Lake City.
The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reported Wednesday the council will consider the request from the Rock Springs/Sweetwater County Airport on July 15.
Officials were uncertain about how much the city would be asked to contribute.
Sigsbee Duck, a member of the airport board, said the Salt Lake City service will be reduced to one flight daily on Sept. 3 and is in danger of being canceled.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation provides some funding for the service, and Sweetwater County, Rock Springs and Green River also contribute.
However, Green River officials have said they had to put their 2014-15 contribution on hold because of budget constraints.
Sheridan County boy, 11, shot in head; no charges
(Information in the following story is from: KROE-AM, http://www.sheridanmedia.com/)
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - The Sheridan County Sheriff's Office says it doesn't intend to file charges after an 11-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.
The unidentified boy was treated at a hospital in Billings, Montana, and released home.
The boy was shot Thursday at a ranch in northern Sheridan County. Details about what happened are sketchy but Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Gale says authorities interviewed three boys on Monday.
Gale tells Sheridan Media there was no apparent foul play.
COAL MINE-BILLIONTH TON
Cordero Rojo mine to ship billionth ton of coal
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - One of the largest coal mines in the U.S. is about to ship its billionth ton of coal.
Gillette-based Cloud Peak Energy owns the Cordero Rojo surface coal mine in the Powder River Basin in northeast Wyoming.
The mine got its start 38 years ago as the Cordero Mine. The Cordero Mine merged with Caballo Rojo Mine in 1997 to create the Cordero Rojo Mine.
Last year, almost 37 million tons of coal from the mine was sold. That ranks Cordero Rojo third in the U.S. for production.
Cloud Peak officials said Wednesday the mine will ship its billionth ton of coal in the days ahead.
Cloud Peak also operates the Antelope coal mine in Wyoming and the Spring Creek coal mine in Montana. The company has about 1,700 employees.