Gillette, Wy – Peabody Energy has announced that it is freezing all hiring and recruiting at its three Wyoming coal mines. CEO Greg Boyce told employees about the hiring freeze in a letter Tuesday. He also says Peabody will re-evaluate all capital projects and that many of those projects will be deferred or canceled. Boyce says the St. Louis-basec company continues to have a solid business strategy and is planning for long-term success. Peabody officials declined to comment on the letter.
Cheyenne, Wy – TriWest Healthcare Alliance has given $10,000 to the Wyoming National Guard for its Wyoming Family Assistance Fund. TriWest is a private company that administers the military's TriCare health care program. The donation to help Guard members with family emergencies comes as the Wyoming Guard prepares for its largest deployment in history. More than 1,200 soldiers and airmen will be headed to the Middle East next year. Major General Ed Wright is adjutant general of the Wyoming
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shouldn't try to require the state to rewrite its wolf-management law before the federal agency ends protections for gray wolves in the state. The federal wildlife agency is collecting public comments through Friday on its plan to end federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies. It's the federal government's latest move in a lengthy debate over management of the animals. Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal's office this week commented on
Laramie, Wy – The owner of the Snowy Range Ski Area outside Laramie is asking people to support the business during hard times. Rick Colling spoke to about 70 people Tuesday during a public hearing on the future of the Snowy Range Ski Area. The ski area has had financial difficulty since a fire destroyed the main lodge in 2003. A bigger lodge was built, but business has been down, and Rick and Terri Colling report having $4.5 million in debt. The Collings have been trying for a year to find a buyer for the ski area.