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A rare company: Simplot’s plans for a $300 million ammonia plant

September 29, 2014 in News

Wyoming companies have long dug minerals from the earth and shipped them across the country. Few inside the state have turned those minerals into finished products. But some business leaders see signs of change in fertilizer maker J.R. Simplot Co.’s plans to build a $300 million ammonia production plant near Rock Springs. The ammonia will be used as a key ingredient in the fertilizer made at Simplot’s existing production facility 4.5 miles outside the southwestern Wyoming town. ... continue reading

Cody returns $51K to state after calm motorcycle rally

September 27, 2014 in News

The city of Cody is returning $51,000 to the state after an uneventful Hells Angels U.S.A. Run this summer. The state had advanced the city $184,000 to help pay for law-enforcement expenses for the event. Hundreds of Hells Angels club members were in Cody for the July 30-Aug. 3 gathering before traveling to the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. ... continue reading

Trout Unlimited named partner of the year

September 25, 2014 in News

The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust named Trout Unlimited the 2014 Partner of the Year. It is the second time since 2011 Trout Unlimited has won the award. The award is given annually by the trust to an individual or organization in recognition of conservation work. Read Full Story... continue reading

Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

September 24, 2014 in News

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure. Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air. The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome the fact that — even in ... continue reading

THE NEW ‘HOOVER DAM’ Four companies announce $8 billion wind farm outside Wheatland

September 23, 2014 in News

In what developers called the Hoover Dam of its generation, four companies announced a $8 billion wind project outside Wheatland on Tuesday, which would deliver electricity generated in Wyoming to consumers in southern California. Developers said the project would solve one of the long-standing problems of renewable power generation -- the intermittent wind -- by storing electricity generated by the wind farm in a salt deposit in Utah. ... continue reading

Wyoming business leaders to discuss rising health care costs

September 22, 2014 in News

Wyoming business and health leaders are meeting Thursday at a daylong summit on Curbing Healthcare costs for employers in the Cowboy State. The Wyoming Business Coalition on Health is hosting the event that will feature health care finance experts from across the United States and a panel of Wyoming’s own healthcare leaders. ... continue reading

Casper is 11th-fastest-growing metropolitan area in country

September 18, 2014 in News

Casper's gross domestic product grew by 7.1 percent in 2013, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, making it the 11th-fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country. The report credited oil and gas development for fueling the increase, with metropolitan areas throughout the Rocky Mountain region showing similar growth. ... continue reading

Oil production in the Powder River Basin more than doubles in five years

September 17, 2014 in News

Oil production in the Powder River Basin more than doubled over the past five years, the U.S. Energy Information Agency reported Monday, confirming a trend many observers had long suspected. Output in the basin grew from 38,000 barrels per day in 2009 to 78,000 barrels per day during the first quarter of this year, EIA said. ... continue reading

With Shell and Encana gone, what does the future hold for the Jonah Field?

September 16, 2014 in News

Before the Bakken and the Marcellus. Before America's oil and gas revolution. In the days when subjects like peak oil were in vogue. Before fracking was a buzzword, trumpeted in headlines, skewered in documentaries and debated in state capitals. Before all that, there was the Jonah. What the public often refers to as the Jonah Field is, actually, two separate gasfields: Jonah and Pinedale. ... continue reading

Feds announce $600,000 in grants to Wyoming health care navigators

September 15, 2014 in News

Wyoming citizens searching for health insurance in the federal marketplace will continue to receive assistance from the state's two navigator organizations, after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced renewed grant funding for the Cowboy State. Read Full Story... continue reading
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