Laramie, Wy – A Wyoming economist says that the national credit crisis could quickly hurt Wyoming's farming and ranching industry. University of Wyoming Finance Professor Walter Werner explains that agriculture is the area where this state might first feel a crunch in credit.
Werner: If a rancher needs a loan, if he's going to buy yearlings, or he's going to anything like that it's going to be tougher and tougher to come by if we don't do something really almost immediately.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's inflation in the second quarter of the year rose seven point nine percent the highest increase since the early 1980's. Wyoming Senior Economist Justin Ballard says most things increased, but housing saw the greatest gains, especially in areas that are impacted by the energy boom. Ballard says gas prices helped increase transportation costs by nearly 18 percent. Teton and Sublette counties remain as the most expensive places to live with Platte as the least expensive.
Cheyenne, Wy – Nearly a third of Wyoming's National Guard members are headed to Kuwait and Iraq for a more than yearlong deployment. The 941 soldiers are from the Wyoming Army Guard's 115th Fires Brigade. They will operate a camp in Kuwait that is a stopping point for troops headed into Iraq. They also will provide protection for convoys and other military forces in Kuwait and Iraq. In April, the Guard members will go to Fort Hood, Texas, for 30 to 90 days of pre-deployment training.
Laramie, WY – Mechanics and small-engine manufactures worry the government's mandate to increase ethanol production will damage lawnmowers, chainsaws and boat motors. Small engines are not designed to run on gasoline with more than 10 percent ethanol. Mechanics say the blend can corrode the engine's interior.
Laramie, WY – The long time voice of the Cowboys, Larry Birleffi, died over the weekend. He was 90.
For over 50 years, Birleffi covered the Cowboys as a broadcaster and as a newspaper writer. Former University of Wyoming Athletic Director and Football coach Paul Roach says that Birleffi was the voice of the fan.
Laramie, WY – While some states and large corporations are nervous about their retirement accounts in the declining economy...the State Treasurer says Wyoming workers do not need to worry.
Joe Meyer says the state retirement program was set up to take a financial hit. He recalls that when the stock market crashed in 1987, the state lost 500-million dollars in three weeks. After that, Meyer says they adjusted the fund so that it could better weather a storm.