Laramie, WY – Laramie-based Big Horn Lumber told workers early this month that it is going out of business. It's the second largest sawmill in the state, and it employs 67 people. The company saw sales slide by 50 percent over the last four months, as new housing construction fell to record lows.
Washington, DC – Tens of thousands of abandoned hardrock mines, many was old as the 19th century, could get an economic boost for cleanup efforts with the economic stimulus bill awaiting President Barack Obama's signature.
The bill expected to be signed Tuesday contains more than $1.5 billion for construction and maintenance projects in the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and Forrest Service. That includes addressing pollution and safety hazards caused by abandoned mines on public lands in Wyoming and 12 other states.