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Wyoming jobless rate up slightly to 4.4 percent

August 21, 2014 in News

Wyoming's unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.4 percent in July. The rate is up from 4 percent in June. The national jobless rate in July was 6.2 percent. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says Teton County posted the lowest unemployment rate in the state in July, at 3 percent, followed by Sublette County at 3.1 percent, Converse County at 3.4 percent and Campbell County at 3.5 percent. ... continue reading

Incumbents dominate Wyoming House, Senate races

August 20, 2014 in News

Most of the 21 incumbents fighting to keep their seats in Wyoming’s House and Senate won the Tuesday night primary. Exceptions include William (Bill) Pownall who beat incumbent Troy Mader in northern Campbell County. Matt Teeters lost his Lingle seat to Cheri Steinmetz, and Dave Belvins lost his seat in Park County to Dan Laursen. ... continue reading

Wyoming primary election is state’s real contest

August 19, 2014 in News

Wyoming increasingly has become a one-party state in recent years, and the Republican primaries for governor and two of the state's congressional seats Tuesday could well prove to be the definitive contests. A Democrat hasn't held statewide office since Gov. Dave Freudenthal left office nearly four years ago. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats roughly 167,000 to 52,000, and the numbers are becoming increasingly lopsided. The decline of the traditional two-party system in many Wyoming races mea... continue reading

VA awards Wyoming $3.4 million in grants

August 18, 2014 in News

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $3.4 million to Wyoming to prevent homelessness among veterans. The money will fund services provided by the Southwest Wyoming Recovery Access Program, like housing counseling, legal assistance, temporary financial assistance and child care for veterans and their families. Read Full Story... continue reading

Music on the midway: Gallopalooza is a carnival for adults

August 15, 2014 in News

The parking lot at Galloway’s is big, but not exactly a practical spot for a Ferris wheel. But for one night each year, it still manages to transform into a miniature midway. There are striped tents and bright lights, games and prizes – even rides if you count the big wheel races. Read Full Story... continue reading

Shell sells shale gas rights, including area near Pinedale for $2.1B

August 14, 2014 in News

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions. In one of the deals, announced Thursday, Shell will also receive drilling rights to land in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Read Full Story... continue reading

Jackson Hole Airport on track for record year

August 13, 2014 in News

The Jackson Hole Airport is on track to set a record this year for the highest number of passengers. Airport officials are reporting more than 48,100 air travelers in July, a month that's typically the second-busiest of the year. Read Full Story... continue reading

Swan Ranch rail hub ships first large batch of oil as Laramie County production grows

August 12, 2014 in News

Wyoming's oil industry is on the move. This week, a unit train will rumble into Swan Ranch, a rail hub outside Cheyenne, in what marks the facility's first large scale shipment of crude oil. The delivery offers yet another sign of growing oil production in southeastern Wyoming. It also comes amid a wave of rail yard openings in the eastern part of the state, as companies look to ship crude from Wyoming's growing oil fields to larger markets outside the state's borders. "A lot of (oil) is coming f... continue reading

Wyoming registers lowest consumer spending growth in country

August 11, 2014 in News

Wyoming recorded the lowest growth in consumer spending in the nation between 2011 and 2012, but residents don't appear to be cutting back on buying gasoline for their vehicles. "Our population density is lower than any other state except Alaska — a lot of room and just a few people," state economist David Bullard said. "So the gasoline would make sense to me." ... continue reading

Tight market prompts Teton County to build teacher housing

August 9, 2014 in News

Syd Elliott remembers buying her first home, a fixer-upper west of Jackson, in 1989. She was active in the Jackson community, joining the school board and running the local University of Wyoming extension office until last June. Her sons were raised in the area. Read Full Story... continue reading
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