Laramie, Wy – While the rest of the nation is facing a major construction slowdown numbers in Wyoming are strong. The Wyoming Department of employment reports that in May the construction sector created the most jobs in the state and posted the fastest growth rate of over nine percent. Economist David Bullard says Wyoming's numbers are remarkable when you look at the decrease in building permits nationally. Bullard notes that Wyoming actually saw a very slight increase in unemployment numbers that probably was due to the numbers of recent graduates entering the job market.
Arapaho, WY – A prominent linguist is coming to the Arapaho School District this week to teach the grammatical structure of the Arapaho Language. Symposium organizer William C'Hair says linguist Zdenek Salzmann visited once before in the 70s. Now C'Hair says he is going to reintroduce Salzmann to his people, because "the time is ripe and the time is right."
Saratoga, Wy – Mourners gathered in Saratoga on Monday to honor Staff Sgt. Tyler E. Pickett, a former Saratoga resident who was killed in action in Iraq earlier this month. The 28-year-old was remembered as a dedicated soldier who made a big impression on the southern Wyoming town during his years there, the Rawlins Daily Times reported in a story for its Tuesday editions. Pickett was assigned to the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. He was buried at a formal military service in New York earlier this month.
Laramie, Wy – Because of an overabundance of wild horses, the Bureau of Land Management is looking for a couple of long term pasture facilities. B-L-M Spokesman Tom Gorey says they need to clear the range from a growing number of horses and burros. Currently long term holding facilities are overcrowded, so Gorey says they are looking for people who might be willing to help. Gorey says that people interested can learn more about the program through the B-L-M website.
Yellowstone National Park – A nationwide cattlemen's group is calling on Yellowstone National Park to reduce bison and elk numbers as part of efforts to eradicate the livestock disease brucellosis. After being nearly eliminated elsewhere in the country over the last several decades, brucellosis still lingers in the park's wildlife. The disease, first brought to the area by early European settlers, causes pregnant cows to abort their calves. Infections in cows surfaced in recent weeks on two ranches in
Wyoming – For the first time in several years, Wyoming has an open U-S House seat. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck finds out what the four Republican candidates have to say about the economy and what they would like to do to fix it.
Wyoming – Elders and Tribal members on the Wind River Reservation met to discuss what to do about the deaths of three young girls. Reporters who are covering the story talk about the meeting with Wyoming Public Radio's Peter O'Dowd.