Gillette, WY – The city of Gillette reports that its population grew almost twice as fast in 2007 as it did the year before.
Gillette officials report that the city added more than 3,100 people in 2007, bringing its population to more than 30,600. Gillette's growth rate last year was 11.2 percent, up from 6.2 percent in 2006.
Officials say such rapid growth in Gillette secures its status as the fastest-growing large city in the state.
Laramie, WY – Four delegates selected at the GOP county conventions January 5th promised to support either Fred Thompson or Duncan Hunter at the National Convention in Minneapolis. Both candidates have since dropped out of the race, and now four votes remain up for grabs.
Crook County GOP Chairman Bruce Brown says he is switching his vote from Thompson to Mitt Romney after representatives from the local and national campaign sought his support. He says it was exciting that Crook County had a significant role in the election.
Sheridan, Wy – A sawmill in Sheridan plans to lay off 50 of its 76 workers Wednesday. Officials at Wyoming Sawmills, Inc., blame a slump in housing construction. They say that along with the layoffs, production will be scaled back 80 percent. Company President Ernie Schmidt says that as soon as the economy allows, his company will return to full force and rehire as many of its current employees as it can.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming is using a grant to try and get student social workers interested in elderly care. Professor Vicki Murdoch says studies show that students are not drawn to caring for older adults, so they are hoping the stipend will change that. The stipend Murdoch is talking about comes from a three year grant to convince more students to consider geriatric care. The money comes from the John A. Hartford foundation.
Cheyenne, Wy – When the Wyoming Education association lobbies in Cheyenne during the upcoming legislative session, they will not have the weight of the school funding lawsuit to carry around. The issue was resolved by the Supreme Court several weeks ago, and W-E-A President Kathryn Valido says they enter the legislative session with perhaps the best school funding system in the nation. Although it was tense on occasion, Valido does not think there is animosity between teachers and lawmakers.
Jackson, Wy – A new study shows that people are spending less time outdoors then ever before. The research builds on some earlier studies and was conducted by the nature conservancy. Some in that organization fear that the study shows that other things are taking interest away from nature. But the Director of the Nature conservancy's Greater Yellowstone Program has a different view. Paul Hanson has some concerns, but he does not think it is as gloomy as some portray.