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Submitted by rebecca on May 28, 2013 – 3:16 pmNo Comment


Wyoming snowpack down to 56 percent of normal

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s mountain snowpack is hanging on a little bit better than it did at this time last year.

The federal Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that the state’s snowpack is down to 56 percent of normal this week.

At this time last year, when the state was in a drought, the snowpack was down to 43 percent of normal.

Wyoming relies heavily on its mountain snowpack to supply its drinking and irrigation water needs for the year.


Lower BAC limit gets mixed reviews in Wyoming

(Information in the following story is from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle,

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation for states to lower their blood-alcohol limit for drunken drivers is getting mixed reviews in Wyoming.

The Safety Board voted earlier this month to recommend that the legal limit for impaired driving be lowered to 0.05. That is down from the 0.08 standard throughout the country.

Gov. Matt Mead says he would prefer to increase penalties for drunken drivers, but he is willing to study the recommendation.

However, Mike Moser of the Wyoming State Liquor Association tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that the change could criminalize social drinking.

Moser says it makes more sense to crack down on heavy drinkers who are more dangerous behind the wheel.

Several state lawmakers say it’s unlikely the Legislature will change its legal limit anytime soon.


Women hold fewer high-paying state jobs.

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new report finds that women working in Wyoming’s state government hold relatively few high-paid, management jobs.

The report prepared by the state Department of Administration and Information found only one out of five state employees making $150,000-$200,000 a year were women.

The reverse was true for lower-paid jobs. Nearly three out of four employees earning between $20,000 and $30,000 were women.

Agency director Dean Fausset says of the 1,800 supervisory or management positions in the state government, slightly more than one out of three supervisors are women.

Fausset tells the Casper Star-Tribune that the disparity is due to a lack of women applicants in some top-paying jobs, including engineering careers.

He says that publishing information of the gender gap may encourage state agency administrators to think closely about women’s salaries.


Tuesday deadline for Wyo. superintendent petition

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Organizers of an effort to repeal changes to the state schools chief’s duties and powers must submit their petitions Tuesday.

They have to collect 37,606 valid signatures in order to put a referendum on the statewide ballot in the 2014 general election.

The Wyoming Constitution Party is leading the drive to repeal the new law that takes away many of the powers and duties of the state superintendent of public instruction.

The superintendent will remain a statewide elected office with some duties, but a director appointed by the governor will run the state Education Department.

The new law has taken effect in the middle of current Superintendent Cindy Hill’s four-year term.

The last time a referendum made the ballot in Wyoming was 1996.


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