Laramie, Wyo. – Final payroll and employment numbers for the fourth quarter of 2009 are out, and they show that payroll declined in 16 Wyoming counties in the final months of last year. According to the state Department of Employment, the biggest impacts were in Natrona, Campbell, Teton and Sweetwater Counties, where large job losses led to income losses totaling more than 174 million dollars.
Cheyenne, WY – Two Wyoming officials seeking re-election have used their state vehicles on the campaign trail and some lawmakers say they have concerns with the practice. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jim McBride and state Treasurer Joe Meyer say their use of state vehicles to campaign is incidental to official business and say they haven't done anything improper. State ethics law bars officials from using public equipment for campaigning unless it's incidental to state business. The law also
Jackson, Wy – A moderate earthquake has rattled parts of northwest Wyoming, but there are no initial reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.8 temblor struck shortly after 6 p.m. Mountain Time Wednesday. Its epicenter was about 25 miles east-northeast of Jackson and about 30 miles east of Teton Village. Rich Ochs is interim coordinator for Teton County Emergency Management. He says there were no reports of damage or injuries. Pete Jorgensen says he felt the quake near the town of Kelly,
wasington d-c – Sen. John Barrasso says he will vote against confirming Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court.President Barack Obama nominated Kagan to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens. Kagan is expected to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate this week. Barrasso based his opposition to Kagan on her decision as dean of Harvard Law School to bar military recruiters from the campus because of the military's policy against openly gay soldiers. The Wyoming Republican says he believes Kagan will allow
Laramie, Wyo. – Those involved with Wyoming's uranium business are excited about a possible resurgence, but others aren't so sure.
A number of new uranium projects are expected in the coming months. Donna Wichers is Senior Vice President of In-Situ Operations for Uranium One in Casper. She says in-situ uranium mining is going to be a growth industry Wyoming. "We have a bright future. I think the price is very stable these days, so we won't see a huge boom, but will see a steady development of new mines.
Laramie, Wyo. – Grand Teton National Park officials are working with the BLM and others to try to finally reach a deal over two state-owned sections within the park. Wyoming makes a mere three thousand dollars from the property each year, but the land is valued at roughly $150 million.
State officials have been trying to work out a land trade with the federal government for more than a decade. This summer, the governor threatened to put the land up for auction.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – An adult male from Goshen County has become Wyoming's first human case of West Nile Virus this year.
The state Department of Health reported the case Tuesday. Most people infected with West Nile never develop symptoms. Among those who become ill, symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes.
But a few people develop meningitis or encephalitis and can die from the disease.