Could Wyoming take on China in Rare Element Market?
Wyoming – Many of today's technologies are only possible because of a special mineral group called rare earth elements. Rare earths are among 17 elements on the periodic table with exotic names like dysposium, neodymium or europium. Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone says a global race to produce rare earths is underway and Wyoming may be on the verge of becoming a major player.
Wyoming – Wyoming currently has an abundance of older workers trying to find jobs. The reasons they are unemployed in the first place are numerous. But Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that those looking for work are having mixed results.
Governor-Elect Mead Starts Work on his Administration
Wyoming – In Wyoming's modern history every governor has served multiple terms. That means Matt Mead is only the fourth person in 35 years to make the transition into the governor's office. Mead, a Republican won the November second election in a landslide. He told Renny MacKay that things are coming along and he's got some key players in place for his transition team.
Laramie, WY – The Casper-Natrona County Board of Health has decided not to seek a ban on smoking in public. The board voted three to two against an advocacy group's request to ban smoking within all businesses in the county. The board instead directed the county health director to encourage state lawmakers to pursue a comprehensive public smoking ban. Some board members say they believe the Wyoming Legislature should address the issue.
LARAMIE, wyo – A Montana proposal to transport nearly 70 thousand tons of mine waste through Wyoming has some officials angry that they weren't included in the decision process. Montana has proposed that mine waste from Cooke City be hauled through Wyoming on the Chief Joseph Highway and back up to Montana to be reprocessed.
CHEYENNE, wyo – Wyoming tourism industry officials report better business this summer.
The Rocky Mountain Lodging Report shows the occupancy rate at Wyoming hotels and motels was up each month this summer compared to last year. The trend continued through September.
The Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association says average daily room rates were down slightly over the summer, indicating that hotels cut rates. But she says the higher occupancy helped offset the lower prices.