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  • Legislator proposes consolidation of school districts to save money

    Kathryn Palmer, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Feb 4, 2021

    CHEYENNE — Facing massive cuts to the state’s K-12 schools budget, one lawmaker has proposed a bill to study the cost-saving benefits of consolidating Wyoming’s 48 school districts into 24. “We, as a Legislature, fully understand that we have to rein in costs for education. Rather than making cuts to teacher salaries, personnel or closing down schools, I thought this was a better avenue to pursue,” said Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, who is sponsoring House Bill 77. “I spent two years chairing the Revenue Committee trying to raise some money... Full story

  • Low wages continue to cause problems for Wyoming families

    Kathryn Palmer, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Oct 22, 2020

    CHEYENNE – Low wages continue to present social and economic barriers for many Wyoming families – something that looming state budget cuts have the potential to exacerbate. That’s one of the big takeaways from the 2020 Wyoming KIDS COUNT data book, which the nonprofit Wyoming Community Foundation released this week. Since 2014, the foundation has partnered with the national Annie E. Casey Foundation – a charitable group focused on the well-being of children – to collect state-level data on the status of Wyoming’s children and families. ...

  • Where to find cloth face masks and how to make them

    Kathryn Palmer, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 30, 2020

    CHEYENNE – As Wyomingites prepare to slowly start venturing out more in public again, wearing protective masks will be a big part of ensuring that COVID-19 doesn’t spread any further. Dr. Alexia Harrist, Wyoming’s state health officer, said at a news conference Tuesday that although people don’t need to wear face coverings when they’re alone or with household members, they should wear face coverings in public places, such as a grocery store, where social distancing isn’t always possible. A face covering includes any cloth covering that covers... Full story

  • Wyoming economists say social distancing is "worth it"

    Kathryn Palmer, Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 26, 2020

    CHEYENNE – Shuttered schools, closed businesses and work-from-home mandates are the new normal in Cheyenne as people try to limit social interaction to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which has already killed more than 2,000 Americans. Extended closures of public spaces are creating sudden and large-scale job and revenue losses. But local economists say social distancing is necessary to avoid prolonged financial hardship. “Given that this is a pandemic, you’re going to have loud voices on both sides,” said Linda Thunstrom, an economist at the... Full story