Laramie, Wyo. – A survey of Laramie businesses found that 15 out of 20 think their holiday profits will be down this year.
Retailers, real estate agents and hotel managers told the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce that they expected to see a drop in holiday revenue compared to last year. The Chamber's director, Peggy Rounds, says that's understandable.
"I think with the national situation and people watching the Dow, it has everyone scared and they're just not spending money," said Rounds.
Cheyenne, WYo. – A federal judge in Wyoming is sharply critical of a fellow judge's rejection of the government's snowmobile plan for Yellowstone National Park but says he doesn't have the power to alter it.
U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer says in a ruling issued Friday that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of Washington, D.C., was wrong to throw out the National Park Service's snowmobile rules.
Laramie, WYo. – The state canvassing board has called for a special election in one precinct of House District 22. By a three-to-one vote, the board decided to hold a second election in Lincoln County's Alpine Precinct.
Eleven voters registered in the wrong district on November 4th and their ballots could have swayed a very tight election between Republican Charles Stough and Democrat Jim Roscoe. Roscoe won the first election by fewer than a half dozen votes.
Laramie, WYo. – The Wyoming Army National Guard will send its largest number of soldiers ever to the Middle East.
Colonel Richard Knowlton says 941 Wyoming soldiers -- or roughly half of the Wyoming Guard -- will be deployed to Kuwait this spring to perform a number of tasks, including the protection of U-S troops.
The troops will stay for about a year. Colonel Knowlton says he is excited about the mission since their main task is keeping troops safe and comfortable.
Laramie, Wyo. – With consumers cutting back on spending across the country, Jackson businesses expected some kind of drop, and now they have confirmation that the slowdown has arrived.
Tim O'Donoghue of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce says retailers have suffered the most.
"People are still coming here in droves, as they always have, but their discretionary spending patterns are changing, where they still need lodging, they still eat, but their spending on retail items has dropped down," he says.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming trustees will be asked to approve the next step in major upgrades to War Memorial Stadium. University Vice President Rick Miller says this latest effort includes a variety of upgrades including suites and prestige seating. Miller says this is a way to make the Athletics Department more money in the long run. Miller adds that paving the parking area and a new tennis facility will also be part of this plan. Trustees will discuss the proposal Thursday afternoon.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming had one of the nation's lowest home foreclosure rates for the third quarter of 2008, but the number of foreclosures has increased since the same period last year.
The numbers are included in a recent report by RealtyTrac Inc., which tracks foreclosures nationwide. Wyoming had the nation's 44th lowest foreclosure rate for July through September, with 255 homes at varying stages of foreclosure. That's up 141 percent from third quarter 2007.