The Radio Network is proud to have received two awards at last weeks Wyoming Association of Broadcasters (WAB) Awards Ceremony. The WAB represents a collection of 95% of the radio and television broadcasters in the State of Wyoming. The Radio Network's 104.9FM/1490AM KUGR received the 1st place plaque in the Public Service category for Operation Stormy Weather. In May of 2011 an F5 multiple vortex tornado devastated the City of Joplin Missouri. More than 990 people were injured and 146 lives were lost in the storm with an estimated $2.2 billion worth of damage.
Green River has been awarded a membership in Union Pacific’s Train Town USA Registry as part of the railroad’s year-long 150th anniversary celebration.
Green River received an official Train Town USA resolution signed by Union Pacific Chairman Jim Young, and Green River’s historical connection with Union Pacific will be featured at www.up150.com.
The Radio network has obtained copies of emails and signed statements that indicate the City of Green River knew it was illegal to repair a sewer problem at Arizona and Colorado, but proceeded anyway---
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is looking for information on two wildlife poaching cases that occurred this month in the Bridger Valley. Mountain View Game Warden Dustin Kirsch is investigating a case in which a young buck mule deer was shot and left in early September. Some evidence has been collected at the scene, but Kirsch is looking for more information from someone who might have been in the area on the east side of Lyman, near a residential subdivision on Prairie View Drive.
During a workshop earlier in the week regarding the county wide 6th penny tax, the 18.8 million dollars slated for the hospital project drew the most questioning. Memorial Hospital has already broken ground on the project last May in anticipation of receiving 6th penny tax money. The funds already spent on the project isn't going to be money out of the hospitals pocket, they will be reimbursed if the tax passes . However that's not the whole story, if the hospitals portion of the 6th penny tax doesn't pass the hospital plans on completing the project anyway. Memorial Hospital will have to pursue revenue bonds to complete the project, health care costs to patients at the hospital will go up to make up the difference. The voters will absorb the cost in one way or another, either through the 6th penny tax or through increased healthcare costs (if they require the services) at the hospital over a great period of time than the 6th penny tax.
The University of Wyoming would see its state funding cut by about $11.4 million under Gov. Matt Mead's budget recommendations. However, Mead's proposal would provide money for merit pay raises for UW employees and for 1 of the largest building projects ever undertaken at the university. The governor's recommendations call for a 6% reduction for the university in the 2013-14 fiscal year while most other state agencies would see an 8% reduction. Those recommendations also advocate for a recurring $2.4 million appropriation for employee pay increases and a 1-time, $70 million allocation for College of Engineering and Applied Science facilities. UW President Tom Buchanan says the university appreciates the governor's recommendations.
Some students at Pine Bluffs Junior-Senior High are getting a hands-on lesson in business. Students in the school's chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America recently received a $20,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to start their own engraving business. Adviser Mary Jacobsen says the grant supplied money for startup costs like the engraving machine and some of the materials needed. Jacobsen says that the endeavor will help teach business skills to the students. The Daniels Fund offers grants for several different kinds of educational projects, including financial literacy. At Pine Bluffs, students will be responsible for writing the business plan, along with managing things like advertising, operations and bookkeeping.
State lawmakers have rejected another proposal to raise selected hunting license fees. The House voted 52-8 Monday to throw out House Bill 260, which was projected to generate $3.6 million a year for the state Game and Fish Department if it had passed. The bill was a scaled-down version of an earlier proposal that lawmakers rejected earlier to raise fees. Both bills were spurred by concerns that the department will face deep budget cuts if it doesn't fill an $8 million to $9 million annual shortfall by 2015. Game and Fish officials say license fees haven't increased since 2008, but department costs have been rising due to inflation and new legislatively mandated programs. Some lawmakers questioned whether it was the right time to raise fees.