Wyoming – Qwest Communications has submitted an application to use federal stimulus funds to extend broadband to places in Wyoming that can't currently get such service. The state president for Qwest is Mike Ceballos and he joins Bob Beck to discuss the project.
Casper, Wy – The ski season nearing the end in Wyoming. A lack of snow early hurt ski resorts around the state, but large amounts of snow since late January brought skiers out for a strong finish. Many resorts close after this weekend. Last year, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort recorded about 438,000 skier days. This year's total is expected to be down some. Grand Targhee Resort received only about 60 percent of its annual snowfall but it reports the number of skier days is ahead of last year's pace.
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the number of people who died on the state's highways decreased in 2009. The Highway Patrol said Monday there where 116 fatal crashes in 2009, compared to 140 in 2008. A total of 134 people died in the crashes in 2009, a number that was also lower than 2008 when a total of 159 people were killed. Patrol officials say having less commercial vehicles involved in accidents contributed to the drop in fatalities. Officials say there were also less alcohol-related crashes and multi-vehicle accidents.
Casper, Wyo. – Rocky Mountain Power has agreed to slash a proposed $70.9 million rate increase by half, down to $35.5 million.
The utility had said it needed to raise rates to help it meet growing demand for providing electricity. It signed a settlement March 18 with six parties, including a customer group, in which it agreed to changes, including a lower rate of return on investments in new facilities.
The Wyoming Public Service Commission will likely take action on the agreement later this spring.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The University of Wyoming is getting telephone calls and e-mails objecting to former 1960s radical William Ayers speaking on campus about social justice issues and education.
Ayers will deliver a lecture entitled "Trudge toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action" next Monday. The following day, he will participate in a teleconference with Wyoming school principals.
Gillette, Wyo. – The Department of Defense is confirming that a Marine from Gillette has died while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan.
Military officials said Monday that 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Ross died Wednesday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's unemployment rate dropped very slightly from January to February. As Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports, the state's unemployment numbers haven't changed much over the last five months.