Cheyenne, Wy – Nearly 1 in 5 registered voters in Wyoming already have cast ballots with six days to go before the election. State Elections Director Peggy Nighswonger says it's a sign that turnout could be heavy next Tuesday. Her advice to election volunteers: Plan to tend to large crowds on Election Day and don't expect to get any knitting done. So far, early balloting reflects the statewide breakdown of registered Republicans and Democrats. Nighswonger says absentee ballots have been cast by about 12,000 Democrats and 26,000 Republicans.
Gillette, Wyo. – Peabody Energy has announced plans to start production next year at the School Creek mine in the Powder River Basin.
The company plans to complete its permitting for the mine in the first half of next year. The mine, which has an estimated 800 million of tons of coal reserves, would be the first to open in Campbell County since 1998.
CEO Greg Boyce told investors during a conference call that the mine will provide higher quality coal than that of Peabody's other Powder River Basin mines.
Laramie, Wyo. – Riverton's City Administrator Carter Napier says Proposition 2 would raise more than 29-million dollars through a one-percent sales tax.
The money would be spread across Fremont County and benefit road and sewer projects from Lander to Dubois. But Riverton clearly reaps the most reward. More than 8-million dollars would go to a 42-thousand square foot recreation center. Central Wyoming College would receive funds for a new nursing school.