Laramie, WY – Recent job growth and unemployment figures confirm Wyoming is in a slowdown.
Job growth dropped between July and August. Meanwhile unemployment continues to rise.
Tom Gallagher from the Department of Employment says the industries that lost the most jobs last month were hospitality, government, and construction: "We've seen the construction industry drop in August by about 700 jobs. There's still about 30,000 jobs, but that's kind of unusual to see a decline in the construction industry at this time of year."
Cheyenne, WY – Mountain pine beetles are chewing through more trees in Southeast Wyoming.
Dennis Hemmer is a tree specialist in Cheyenne. He says reports of the insects within city limits were common last year, and the infestations are now getting worse: "This year we have seen it pretty much throughout Laramie County. I believe what's happening is that people don't notice it, or don't have the wherewithal to deal with it. And consequently the beetles are flying from those trees and infesting other trees."
Laramie, WY – Seven Western states and four Canadian provinces released plans Tuesday for the nation's most comprehensive plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
The Western Climate Initiative would set up a "cap and trade" program that requires polluters to have permits for emitting carbon dioxide. The Initiative's goal is that by the year 2020, emissions levels in the West will be below what they were in 2005.
Laramie, WY – One topic Trauner addressed was social security. He says Republican Cynthia Lummis' support of a market-based approach is wrong: "Privatizing social security is very good for Wall Street CEOs and money managers. But why don't we go out on the street today and ask anyone with a 401K retirement plan how their retirement security is doing right now. They'd look at me and say, you know what, you've got to be kidding me!"
Jackson, Wyo. – Teton County is closing the wage gap between men and women, but still remains below the national average.
A recent study by the Wyoming Department of Employment says that women in Teton County earned 72 cents for every dollar earned by men. That's better than Wyoming's statewide average of women earning just 66 cents for every dollar that men earn.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the national average is that women earn 81 cents for every dollar earned by men.
Laramie, Wyo. – Under a proposed rule, different federal agencies will be allowed to determine whether or not a road building or logging project would harm wildlife.
The rule endorsed by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne would allow agencies outside of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service to determine if an endangered species could be harmed by a particular project.
University of Wyoming Law Professor Debra Donahue has been following the rule and has some concerns.
Laramie, WY – Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Nick Carter says Washington and Wall Street need a facelift in light of the government's $700 billion economic bailout.
Carter is running against Senator John Barrasso.
"I don't know who has been asleep at the bus here, but it's a staggering amount. We need to redo the way Washington does business. We need to redo the way Wall Street gets off the hook. We need accountability and we need that in spades right now," Carter said.
Laramie, WY – Members of a citizens' group concerned about uranium mining plan to ask for a tough environmental review on proposed mines in the northeast Wyoming. Jim Jones is a member of the group Ranchers and Neighbors Protecting Our Water: "One of the things that we're concerned about is that this process is very water intensive. For instance at the Smith-Highlands Ranch one site that's operating. In just one year there was 40 million gallons of water pumped out of the aquifer never to be returned."
Laramie, WY – A Wyoming National Guardsman has died in Afghanistan. Captain Bruce Hays of Cheyenne died September 17th when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.
Brigadier General Olin Oedekoven says Hays arrived in Afghanistan in mid-August. He was part of a team that trains Afghan police. Oedekoven worked with Captain Hays for years and says he exemplified the mission of service and sacrifice.