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Submitted by rebecca on March 25, 2014 – 11:57 amNo Comment

SCIENCE STANDARDS

Wyoming school board stuck over next science move

(Information in the following story is from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The State Board of Education is divided on what to do now that lawmakers have tried to block them from adopting new national science standards for Wyoming’s schools.

A footnote to the upcoming state budget cut off funding for the board to review or use the Next Generation Science Standards.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the board met Monday to decide how to proceed. By just one vote, members voted against putting aside their work on those standards and seeking a new set of standards. Members said restarting the process would delay the adoption of new science standards.

Rep. Matt Teeters of Lingle introduced the amendment cutting off funding for the new standards, partly because he said they treated human-caused climate change as “settled fact.”

BLACK HILLS PLANT

Black Hills Corp. closes coal-fired power plant

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com)

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Black Hills Corp. has closed down a coal-fired power plant outside Gillette, a move the company says is in response to recent federal emissions regulations.

Black Hills Corp. last week closed the 22-megawatt Neil Simpson 1 plant. The company is building a 132-megawatt natural gas plant in Cheyenne.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the closure of the coal-fired plant follows the recent trend that has seen utilities nationwide move away from older coal-fired facilities in favor of new natural gas powered plants.

Black Hills will decommission three coal plants this year, two in Wyoming and one in Colorado. A third coal unit in South Dakota will close next year.

COAL GASIFICATION

Coal gasification hearing Wednesday in Wright

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A project that would produce gas by oxidizing an underground coal seam will be the subject of an upcoming public hearing scheduled at the behest of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Linc Energy wants state and federal environmental regulators to reclassify 80 acres of the Fort Union Aquifer so the company’s coal gasification project near Wright can move ahead.

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality was preparing to grant the request before the EPA said the state agency needed to hold a public hearing and take public comments on the proposal.

The hearing is set for 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the public library in Wright.

Linc proposes to pump air underground to oxidize 1,000-2,000 tons of coal and produce gases including methane. Company officials didn’t return messages Monday seeking comment.

HEROIN CHARGE

Laramie man gets prison in heroin death of friend

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Laramie man to five years in prison for providing heroin that resulted in another man’s fatal overdose last spring.

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne sentenced 25-year-old Kyle Adams on Friday.

Johnson accepted Adams’ guilty plea to providing the heroin that resulted in the April 2013 death 25-year-old Kaleb Paul Skog in Laramie. Adams and Skog were roommates and friends.

Defense lawyer David Weiss told Johnson that Adams earlier had become addicted to prescription painkillers. Weiss said Adams later started buying heroin in Denver.

Johnson said Skog had lived with pain from cystic fibrosis and other issues. Skog was an honors graduate from the University of Wyoming.

Johnson said he hopes others will heed the warning that heroin took Skog’s life.


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