Laramie, Wy – New statistics show that Wyoming continues to have the worst gender wage gap in the country. An economist who has studied the issue is hopeful that efforts by the state to get women more non-traditional jobs could close the gap. U-W researcher Anne Alexander says the focus by state officials to specifically get those working two and three jobs into one non-traditional job would help dramatically. But Alexander says helping women start their own businesses is also critical, along with enhanced overall economic development in the state.
Laramie, Wy – A man who has studied wolves for nearly half a century is coming to Wyoming. Doctor David Mech has lived near wolves in the arctic, watched them from aircraft in Alaska and observed them in Minnesota and Wyoming. One project he worked on was to see if wolves kill for sport. He says that is an unreasonable assumption because there is documentation that all of wolves' prey animals have killed wolves including deers. Mech says wolves do kill prey and then leave them for some time before coming back to eat them.
Topic: A man who has studied wolves for nearly half a century is coming to Wyoming; Guest: Doctor David Mech
Topic: Bob Beck speaks with John Pope and Kim Vincent about Venture West forum in Laramie this week and how they work with those interested in their business or starting a new one. For more information about Venture West visit, www.venturewest.org
Topic: A group of students in Casper will be holding an event this weekend to teach middle and high school students about volunteerism; Guest: Mike Prentice, Natrona County High School student
Cheyenne, Wy – State money will be used in efforts to add new flights from airports in Jackson and Cody. The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors voted unanimously to fund the projects today. 300-thousand dollars will help secure Cody to Denver summer service and 125-thousand is for flights next winter from Dallas and Cincinnati to Jackson. In February, the Board chose not to spend any of the state's three million air service fund, and actually seem opposed to playing with the free market.
Cheyenne, Wy – Shoshoni, Riverton, and Washakie County are in line to be the latest recipients of money from the Business Ready Communities program. The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors signed off on the three projects today. The State Loan and Investment Board votes on them Monday. Riverton would get one-point-five million dollars for construction of a new building for the Brunton Company, a manufacturer that employs 79 people currently. Without the new building, Brunton would need to relocate.
Laramie, Wy – State officials say the number of dentists in Wyoming is falling and could reach critical levels if more aren't recruited to replace those nearing retirement. Grant Christensen is the new administrator of the Wyoming Department of Health's Dental Division. He says Wyoming particularly needs more dentists to serve its low-income population. Currently, just 25 dentists are providing about 80 percent of the state's Medicaid dental treatment. Pending increases in Medicaid reimbursement rates could help.
Laramie, Wy – Pinedale is having to weigh growth and private property rights versus the welfare of pronghorn antelope. On Monday the town's planning and zoning committee is discussing the annexation of 28 acres for development of 16 lots. The Upper Green River Valley Coalition's Linda Baker says that could cut off crucial habitat from 300 pronghorn that use the corridor. Officials from the Game and Fish Department say that pronghorn herd very well may just die off.
Wyoming – It takes a lot to convince an airline to serve a Wyoming-sized town these days. Airlines are still struggling financially, so they want their revenue guaranteed before starting new service. The Wyoming Business Council considers spending money from the air service enhancement fund Friday. And because airlines are so skittish, all the risk with any venture would be on the state and the community. That risk is higher because airlines still would have control over price, which goes a long way in determining if the service will attract passengers.
Laramie, Wyoming – Several Laramie officials say that City Manager Bonnie Ridley-Kraft is being forced out. The Laramie City council will supposedly address the matter in executive session Tuesday. Ridley-Kraft was hired in August after a short tenure in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she resigned last April because of differences with that city council. Mayor Fred Homer calls rumors of her dismissal nothing but speculation, but admitted that at-will contracts will be addressed Tuesday night in executive session.
Wyoming – This week, the state could be spending up to three million dollars to allow Wyoming airports to add flights to new destinations. The Board of Directors for the Wyoming Business Council will consider proposals for Cody and Jackson on Friday and one for Casper next month. But Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports there's no guarantee these types of investments are worthwhile.
Yellowstone National Park, WY – A 50-square mile drainage in Yellowstone National Park has been closed to fishing because of whirling disease. It's not known when fishing will be allowed to resume in the Pelican Creek drainage. The season was to have opened May 29th. Researchers say the closure was prompted by scientists detecting fewer fish than normal in Pelican creek last August. The goal of the closure is twofold: to prevent the whirling disease parasite from spreading to new areas and to help the stream recover.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming's State Veterinarian is resigning to return to private practice in Fremont county. Dr. Jim Logan told the Wyoming Livestock Board he will stay on until a replacement is found and trained. The news comes just months after Wyoming lost its' brucellosis-free status. Logan says his resignation will not affect the effort to get that status back. He says he'll stay involved in the issue in order to achieve brucellosis-free status. To get that status back, there can be no more cases of brucellosis found in any Wyoming cattle for a year.
Cheyenne, WY – The scientist who first classified the Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse as a distinct subspecies now believes otherwise. That's according to Governor Dave Freudenthal's office. University of Arizona Professor Emeritus Philip Krutzsch determined in 1954 the Preble's mouse was a distinct subspecies. Freudenthal spokeswoman Lara Azar says Krutzsch now agrees with the findings of a new study commissioned by the State of Wyoming and others. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science study concluded the Preble's mouse is not genetically distinct.
Cheyenne, WY – A study by the National Academy of Sciences is validating the finding there is critical habitat for endangered and threatened species on the Platte River. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Reclamation came out with those same findings months ago, but the Academy of Sciences commissioned a study to verify their work. Committee Chairman Will Graf recognizes that saying there is critical habitat on the river in Nebraska will have an impact in Wyoming.
Cheyenne, WY – Gains in construction and government jobs caused Wyoming's unemployment rate to edge downward in March. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from three-point-five percent in February to three-point-four percent last month. Wyoming saw a net increase of 800 jobs, with government adding the most followed by construction. That offset the 200 jobs lost in the manufacturing, natural resources and mining industries. Albany county posted the lowest jobless rate for March at two percent. Fremont county recorded the highest rate at six-point-five percent.
Torrington, WY – A Torrington man announced he is running in the election for Wyoming's lone seat in Congress. Al Hamburg says he will participate in the Democratic primary, even though he was kicked out of the party in 1996. The 72-year-old Hamburg says the Republican party doesn't care for blue collar workers and he'll make job creation and stopping illegal immigration priorities. He was convicted of a felony for forging signatures on a petition to create a new party. However Hamburg says state and local elections officials framed him.
Jackson, Wyoming – A report last week understated the amount of money being fundraised by Democratic Congressional candidate Ted Ladd of Jackson. Wire reports listed Ladd as raising only 25-hundred dollars, but federal reports show Ladd as having fundraised over 15 thousand from individuals. Another ten thousand came from Ladd for a total of 25 thousand. Ladd thinks this shows there is support for his campaign. Ladd says the campaign is very early, and it will take a lot more money for someone to actually win the seat.
Riverton, WY – Riverton airport officials are seeking financial help from Fremont county to pay for much-needed runway improvements. Airport board members and Riverton City Councilors want nearly 200 thousand dollars from the county to make up an anticipated shortfall. A higher than anticipated bid of one-point-five million dollars was submitted on a crosswind taxiway project. Riverton city officials say they can't afford to pay more due to the city's mainstreet reconstruction project coming in over bid. Commissioners are expected to reach a decision on the request by June 30th.
Cheyenne, WY – The Historic Governor's Mansion in Cheyenne is closed until 2005 to allow for major renovation work. Mansion Superintendent Tim White says the last time the mansion had a top to down renovation was in 1937. He says everything from plumbing, heating and electrical systems need updating. White says renovations began last year when the mansion received a new hail-resistant roof and new gutters and downspouts. He says the legislature has appropriated 835 thousand dollars over the last three years for the work.
Laramie, Wy – A brother and sister from southeast Wyoming have won a business competition at the University of Wyoming. Patrick and Amie Zimmerer, of Huntley, topped the Entrepreneurship Competition with their proposal to make wine from state-grown grapes. They were awarded five thousand dollars to start their business this summer. Another five thousand dollars will be made available based on a progress report. Patrick Zimmerer is a third-year law student and the general
Cheyenne, WY – State Game and Fish officials are keeping a close eye on hunting license applications following a fee increase that averaged 20 percent. Wyoming Game and Fish Deputy Director Bill Wichers says fewer non-residents have applied for licenses since the new fees went into effect. He says that's typical following a fee increase. Wichers says adding that to the cost of investigating the elk deaths near Rawlins and it stretches an already tight budget. But he believes the Game and Fish was able to absorb the cost of the investigation into this year's budget.
Laramie, Wy – Many consumers are making their choice gas selections this month, but Wyoming's Consumer advocate thinks it might be just as smart to stay with the market. Bryce Freeman says over the last two years, those who took what is called the pass on rate actually saved money, compared to those who selected a choice gas supplier. Freeman reminds consumers that gas companies like Choice Gas because they can set fixed rates. Freeman says his office also dislikes the program because it is confusing and because rates change daily.
Laramie, Wy – Another person has entered the race to try and unseat Congresswoman Barbara Cubin. Al Hamburg from Torrington announced he will run in the Democratic primary. Hamburg is 72 and says he does not necessarily expect to win, but will speak his mind. He says a priority should be the creation of jobs, which he says can be done by stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
jackson hole, wyoming – For a fourth winter in a row, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort didn't meet its goal of attracting visitors. The stagnant visitation comes after an intense period of upscale development at the base of the resort. The improvements include the recent opening of the 225-(M)-million-dollar Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole. Resort spokeswoman Anna Olson says the figures are disappointing. But she marketing surveys and other factors suggest improvement over the next couple years.
Cheyenne, WY – Volunteer help and an outpouring of donations have kept all but one of Wyoming's local Red Cross branch offices open. The Red Cross announced lst summer that budget constraints would force all the Wyoming branches to close except the Cheyenne headquarters. The Sheridan, Lander and Rawlins branches are staying open with help from waived rent. And increased donations have kept open the branches in Laramie, Jackson, Worland, Casper, Gillette and Douglas. The exception is the office in Green River, which was closed.