Archives for September 2015

WY Cybersecurity Laws Could Get Tougher

Wyoming technology leaders are pushing a bill in the state legislature that would require state agencies to establish and maintain tougher cybersecurity measures, effective July 1, though full implementation would happen in 2017. The bill would also extend similar requirements to city and county governments.

Late Wildfire in Northwest WY

A late-season wildfire has kicked up in the Shoshone National Forest about 15 miles northwest of Dubois. The 350-acre fire was first sighted on Monday and is about 10 percent contained. No structures are threatened by the fire at this time.

WY Judge Blocks New Federal Fracking Rules

A Wyoming judge has blocked new rules governing oil and gas drilling on federal lands while a lawsuit progresses. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl’s decision in Casper earlier today means it may be years before the rules take effect on hydraulic fracturing practices, and that’s if the rules are upheld. Commercial and government interests say the new rules duplicate state regulations.

Cheyenne K-9 Saves Police Partner from Assault

A Cheyenne K-9 cop is credited with saving his partner this morning. Officer Lisa Koeppel was assaulted by a suspect she was chasing, 40-year-old Aventura Palomo, Jr., but was able to remotely open her patrol car door, releasing Capo, who was able to subdue Palomo until Koeppel could recover. Capo will be awarded a lifesaving medal at a future ceremony.

Bomb Threat Called in to Gillette Menards Store

The new Menards home improvement store in Gillette hasn’t opened for business yet, but someone called in a bomb threat there yesterday, according to KOTA. About 200 employees were in the building when the threat came in, prompting an evacuation while police swept the premises. No explosive device was found, but police continue to investigate.

Grant for Cheyenne Airport to Be Decided Thursday

Wyoming state leaders will decide Thursday whether or not to issue a $3 million grant to help pay for a new terminal at Cheyenne Regional Airport. It is one of 19 grants from across the state being considered by the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board. Approval of the airport grant was recommended by the Wyoming Business Council.

UW #25 in volleyball

Having won its last six matches and nine of the last ten, the University of Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team made its debut in the American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 poll at No. 25 this week. The ranking marks the first time since 1994 that the Cowgirls have been ranked.

WY #4 for teachers

A recent survey by WalletHub reveals that Wyoming is among the best states for teachers. The Cowboy State boasts the fourth-highest teacher salaries, adjusted for cost of living, in the country. Wyoming also ranks fourth in job opportunity and competition and 13th in academic and work environment. Overall, Wyoming ranks as the fourth-best state in the country for teachers, behind only Massachusetts, Virginia and Minnesota.

WY Ranks 2nd in Nation for Low Taxes

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has ranked Wyoming second in the nation in terms of tax-friendliness. No income tax and low sales and gas taxes are particularly favorable for retirees. Delaware ranked first in the study.

Light Wildfire Year Allowing WY to Loan Firefighting Resources

Wyoming has seen more wildfires this year that required helicopter support compared to last year, but a combination of wet weather and quick response times has kept those fires small, allowing Wyoming to loan out firefighting resources to other states, including as many as 60 firefighters and two dozen trucks.