Wyoming digest

Apr 19, 2017 From staff reports

Green River dropping four programs

GREEN RIVER (AP) -- School board officials have decided to end four Green River sport programs in the face of educational budget cuts.

The Sweetwater County School District No. 2 board approved a resolution to cut back $1.6 million from its budget on Tuesday. The district's cost-saving task force, which proposed the resolution, suggested eliminating Green River High School's indoor track and field, spring tennis, golf teams and cheerleading for the wrestling team for next school year. The decision would save $200,000.

The move comes after Wyoming legislators slashed $34 million from statewide K-12 funding.

The board also cut $825,000 in staff attrition, which will result in the loss of three classroom teachers and six library staff and media specialists.

Casper city manager retires early

CASPER (AP) -- Casper's city manager, who said he would retire June 1, has left the job early as city leaders come under fire over morale problems within the police department.

The city council approved V.H. McDonald's retirement Tuesday night after he told Mayor Kenyne Humphrey in a letter that he was receptive to moving up the date.

McDonald has served in the position since November 2015.

Humphrey had called for an investigation after a survey found the police force was suffering from poor morale and many were looking for other work. Officers said city staff hadn't acted on their complaints and that they didn't feel like they had the backing of the administration.

Sheriff seeks cost-of-living allowance

JACKSON (AP) -- Teton County's sheriff is proposing an allowance for deputies who have been pushed out of the area because of the high cost of housing.

Sheriff Jim Whalen says only five of the department's 23 sworn deputies live in the valley, which leaves the county vulnerable during emergencies. In a letter to county commissioners, Whalen pointed to the department's inability to properly respond to a powerful snowstorm that closed the Snake River Canyon and Teton Pass for several days in February.

He says "Teton County needed to have a robust emergency response and we couldn't provide it."

The sheriff has pushed for housing allowances in the past but has been unable to get approval.

Whalen says not incentivizing emergency personnel to live in the area puts people at risk.

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