Archives for November 2015

UW Looking to Make Money Work Harder

The University of Wyoming is looking to shore up its own finances by pulling underused money from various accounts and investing it where it will earn more interest more quickly. Currently, these monies are designated for various colleges and programs around campus and earn minimal interest in exchange for easy access. School officials say the funds would remain accessible under the new investment plan.

WY Counties Prepping for Economic Downturn

The top employer in many Wyoming counties is ready to make some tough decisions with a looming downturn in the state’s economy. Local governments are freezing new hirings, curtailing travel, and scaling back construction. Some agencies are looking into using savings accounts to make up expected funding shortfalls as oil prices remain depressed.

Former Prison Guard Sues Over Racial Discrimination Claims

A former Wyoming Dept. of Corrections prison guard is suing the agency and the state penitentiary for racial discrimination and harassment during his tenure. Pierre Hardin says the pattern of behavior eventually led to his termination. He filed suit in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming last month.

UW finishes with win

The Wyoming Cowboys finished up the season with an exciting 35-28 home win over UNLV on Saturday in at War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys generated a season high 538 yards of total offense on way to the victory. UW was led by sophomore running back Brian Hill, who rushed for 232 yards on way to setting a new school single-season record of 1-thousand-631 rushing yards.

Gas price update

Last week, Triple-A reports that motorists enjoyed the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in seven years. The national average for a gallon of regular on Thanksgiving Day was two-05, 75 cents lower than the year before. The current average in Wyoming is two-15, down five cents from the week before. In Cheyenne, regular averages one-87 a gallon, down four cents. In Casper, it’s one-98, down nine cents.

Casper Man Sentenced in Underage Sexual Assault Case

A Casper man has been sentenced to 18-28 years in prison for sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy two years ago. 56-year-old Lynn Charles Lee will also serve 15 years of probation after completing his incarceration. Lee assaulted the boy three times during the summer of 2013 while they worked on construction projects together. Lee was also convicted of sex crimes back in 2000.

UW Tightening In-State Tuition Requirements

The University of Wyoming’s low in-state tuition has attracted many students to the state, but with the possibility of funding cuts due to lower natural resource revenues, the school is tightening up residency requirements needed to quality for one of the lowest tuitions in the country. Students will now have to prove that they are financially independent from anyone who lives outside the state.

WHP Busy Fielding Calls During Holiday Winter Weather

The Wyoming Highway Patrol has had its hands full so far this holiday weekend. Between midnight Wednesday night and 1pm yesterday, troopers handled 52 vehicle crashes, including 17 involving injuries. However, no roadway fatalities were reported. Highway Patrol Dispatch handled 737 calls for service during the same time period, including 107 stranded or broken-down vehicles.

Analysts: Coal Industry Woes to Continue Next Year

Coal industry analysts are maintaining that surplus supplies and low natural gas prices will continue to weigh heavily on companies into next year. UBS Bank says consumption is expected to decrease about 12 percent next year, that after this year’s 10 percent drop.

WHP Apprehends Driver After High-Speed Chase

Wyoming Highway Patrol was involved in a high-speed chase on Interstate 25 yesterday morning. The Mills Police Dept. initiated the chase before handing over to troopers around mile marker 170. The chase ended when three law enforcement vehicles rammed the fleeing truck about 10 miles south.