Laramie, Wyo. – This past winter has been one of the harshest on record for the state in terms of snow fall and length of time snow has remained on the ground And biologists say that has delayed migration of pronghorn back to their summer range in Jackson Hole. Jon Beckmann is a biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. He says typically, pronghorn follow the receding snow line from their winter grounds back to the summer range.
Laramie, Wyo. – As counties do their best to tally up the costs of flooding this spring, state officials say they're still on guard against the possibility of further damage, given warm temperatures. Wyoming Office of Homeland Security Director Guy Cameron says the Big Horn Basin is the area of greatest concern right now, but his office is staying abreast of snowmelt and weather conditions statewide
POWELL, Wyo. – Federal funds will be used to help stabilize a prominent structure at the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in northern Wyoming.
Money provided by the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program will be used for work on the chimney on the camp's boiler house.
The building was built in 1942. Architects and engineers have said the chimney is in danger of collapsing. The project will include testing the stability of the chimney and soils. Construction is planned next summer.
Laramie, Wyo. – A $4 billion Verizon data center that state and local officials hoped to lure to Laramie will not be built. That's according to a Verizon spokeswoman, who says the company has instead acquired a Florida-based data storage company.
Drawing mega data centers to the state has been a major emphasis of Governor Matt Mead. This year, the governor budgeted $14 million to assist data centers with infrastructure costs. The Wyoming Legislature passed a bill that established tax breaks for the centers.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Battle Pass in southern Wyoming has opened for the season but the road still can't be used for through traffic.
Wyoming 70 between Encampment and Baggs opened Friday. However, the highway is still impassable in both directions because of a landslide 31 miles east of Baggs.
The affected roadway is about 1,000 feet long. State geologists are studying ways to rebuild the highway. It's expected to take at least six weeks for the preliminary results of drilling in the area to be evaluated.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The latest census figures show that gay domestic partners are one of the fastest-growing demographic groups in Wyoming.
Of those couples, 28 percent are raising children, a high number compared to most states.
Gary Gates, a demographer with the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, says the high rate of gay households raising children is consistent with other conservative states where more people come out as gay in adulthood. By that point many of those gay people have had children.
Laramie, Wyo. – A Rocky Mountain Power rate increase approved by the Wyoming Public Service Commission this week will generate an additional 44 million dollars for the company. That's less than half of the company's initial request of nearly 98 million dollars.
Laramie, Wyo. – In recent months, Wyoming residents' personal income has grown at the second fastest rate in the nation. Personal income grew at a rate of 2.6 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the state's Economic Analysis Division. That's compared to a point 7 percent growth rate in the final quarter of 2010.