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WCCA News

Guest Column: Wyoming Counties Matter to NACo

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it,” famously stated computer scientist Alan Kay. This attitude is rooted in NACo’s strategic blueprint, Stronger Counties. Stronger America. With the entrepreneurial spirit of a start-up entity, our 81-year-old association has entered a new phase of promise. We’re focused on keeping America’s communities healthy, safe and vibrant through the…

An update from the WCCA

So the trouble with the blog format of newsletters is that it’s way too easy to push writing these posts down on the priority list. In some ways that's good because it means there are so many projects in the queue that taking time to write about them is on the back burner. However, as I write this, I'm heading to Casper for the WCCA Board Retreat where Commissioners will be thinking carefully…

Apples, Oranges, and the County Snapshot

If I had a nickel for every time a legislator, journalist, or LSO staffer asked me for spending or revenue data for all 23 counties...well, you know the saying. The trouble is not the question. A reasonable person could assume that such data is easy to find for a statewide association like the WCCA. And in truth, finding data is not that difficult. Each county is required to keep a detailed…

Coal Showdown: Commissioners testify at BLM Listening Session concerning federal coal leasing program

Last Thursday, nearly 500 people turned out at the Campbell County Library in Gillette for a BLM Listening Session discussing coal royalty rates. The meeting was attended by Wyoming’s federal delegation, Governor Mead, and many state and local leaders and officials. Six county commissioners testified at the meeting, including President Richard Ladwig, who commented on behalf of the WCCA.

A Blast from the Past

Kate has been doing some Spring cleaning of the files here at our Cheyenne office and came across this agenda from the WCCA Winter Meeting in 1988. It’s amazing how much has changed in the almost 3 decades since this meeting was held, from the typewriter printing to the barbershop quartet entertainment.

Coordination: The Great Panacea?

Every now and again a group of smooth talking salesmen show up in an attempt to capitalize on the very real frustrations many of us Westerners experience when confronting issues related to public lands management. A near constant “hear ye, hear ye!” from this lot is that counties have the ability and outright authority to “invoke” coordination, often billing its invocation as the ultimate and…
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