Laramie, WY – The state energy office has about 12 million dollars available in federal stimulus money to make community buildings more energy efficient. The hope is that will save communities hundreds of dollars in energy costs. State Business and Industry Director Ben Avery says communities have identified this as a priority, but have the lacked money to take on improvements. "They get in there and upgrade insulation, windows, electrical, lighting," Avery said, "stuff that doesn't require major structural change to the facility."
Grand Teton National Park, WY – Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming is reporting a slight decrease in recreation visits for the 2008-09 winter season.
Grand Teton park visits dropped 2.5 percent from December 2008 to March 2009 compared with the same period in 2007-08, a difference of about 4,400 visitors.
Much of Grand Teton's winter drop can be attributed to an 11.5 percent decline in December, when several weeks of poor snowfall were followed by extreme avalanche danger that kept many visitors out of the backcountry.
Laramie, WY – Conservation groups are trying to use some new numbers to their advantage. University of Montana Researcher John Duffield's latest economic report says that wolves in Yellowstone National Park bring in tourists, and that benefits area communities to the tune of $35 million a year.
Laramie, WY – An expert on elder care says Wyoming is headed for a crisis unless healthcare for the elderly becomes more of a priority. Deb Fleming directs the University of Wyoming's Geriatric Education Center. She notes that Wyoming's older population continues to grow at a time when health care services are lacking. "We're not keeping pace in terms of services," Fleming said. "We're close to a tipping point now."
Wyoming – A former National Park Service employee, Mike Yochim, recently published an academic account of the snowmobile issue in Yellowstone National Park. The book is called "Yellowstone and the Snowmobile: Locking Horns over National Park Use." Yochim speaks to Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss.