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  • Feds: Laramie research nonprofit lied to get $500k in grants

    Ethan Sterenfeld, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 29, 2020

    LARAMIE — The federal government is investigating the Western Research Institute, a Laramie-based nonprofit, for making false claims to win more than $500,000 in research funding between 2015 and 2018, according to a document obtained by the Boomerang. WRI used a “paper company,” Thermosolv, to obtain four grants that it would have otherwise been ineligible for, according to federal prosecutors. Prosecutors claimed that WRI had Thermosolv make false claims about its independence in order to win the grants. Mark Klaassen, the U.S. Attor...

  • Coronavirus relief funds won't help cities

    Ethan Sterenfeld, Laramie Boomerang Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 17, 2020

    LARAMIE — The $1.25 billion that Wyoming received in the last federal stimulus cannot help local governments make up for depressed revenues, even though that is the most significant challenge facing Wyoming governments, a representative of Wyoming municipalities told the state Legislature last Tuesday. “The big thing that we can’t use CARES Act funding for is lost revenue,” David Fraser, executive director of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities, told the Joint Appropriations Committee during a hearing on federal CARES Act funding...