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Front Range air pollution surprises researchers

August 29, 2014 in News

Researchers who examined air pollution along northern Colorado's Front Range said they were surprised by how much harmful ozone and ozone-causing chemicals are drifting into the mountains from urban and rural areas below. Read Full Story... continue reading

Mule deer group pledges $1.3 million for new research

August 28, 2014 in News

Mule deer numbers in southwest Wyoming have been declining for decades. As researchers continue to try and understand why, they may receive a helping hand. The Muley Fanatic Foundation unveiled Tuesday an unprecedented $1.3 million, five-year project to study a mule deer herd south of Rock Springs. Read Full Story... continue reading

Natrona County tourism council to seek lodging tax increase

August 27, 2014 in News

The Natrona County Travel and Tourism Council Joint Powers Board will seek an increase in the lodging tax – from 3 percent to 4 percent - on the November ballot after the board offered its formal approval Tuesday afternoon. Since the tax hike would be tied to renewal of the lodging tax, it's an all-or-nothing gambit for the Tourism Council’s marketing arm, the Casper Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is funded by the tax. ... continue reading

Futures File: Lumber markets rise with improved housing data

August 26, 2014 in News

A slew of shockingly good housing data shook U.S. markets this week, especially lumber. Reports showed that construction of new homes is rising from the post-recession doldrums and that sales of existing homes increased for the fourth straight month. Lumber, which is closely tied to the construction industry, has been rising with the restrengthening housing market, reaching a five-month high Friday at $355 per thousand board feet. Though still down drastically from the 2004 peak price of $460, lumber has... continue reading

New videogame set in Wyoming wilderness

August 25, 2014 in News

Two former Wyoming residents have created a video game that centers around a park ranger stationed in a watchtower in the Shoshone National Forest wilderness, with plot and dialogue based on real places within the state. "Firewatch" is the first video game to be released by a small game developer in San Francisco called Campo Santo. The game is the creation of designer and programmer Nels Anderson and designer and writer Sean Vanaman. They hope to release it in mid-2015. ... continue reading

Wyoming Lottery kicks off in Casper

August 24, 2014 in News

More than a dozen people lined up Sunday at Albertson’s on Second Street to take their chances with Wyoming’s first lottery. Carie Berryman was there before noon, the state’s official kickoff time for the lottery. While her young daughter talked about the new phone she’ll get if her mom wins the lottery, Berryman, who works for the Natrona County School District, said she’s excited for the extra money the state will receive for education. ... continue reading

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
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