Laramie, WY – Energy workers are probably working fewer overtime hours.
State economist Jim Robinson says the number of drilling rigs dropped significantly last November, but the number of people who work on those rigs did not drop as much as expected.
"It may be a safer work environment because instead of having people working double shifts, and two weeks on and one week off, they're kind of getting more back to what the standard should be in the industry," Robinson said.
Cheyenne – The Wyoming Legislature plans to wind down its budget session this week. It will wrap up remaining bills while giving itself time to respond if Gov. Dave Freudenthal vetoes any cherished budget items.
The budget the House and Senate approved Friday calls for putting up $3.5 billion in state funds for state government for the two-year period beginning this July.
Laramie, WY – Wildlife officials have successfully collared 20 big horn sheep in a small, isolated herd that lives at high altitude in the Teton Range.
Scientists are worried about the sheep because there are only about 125 of them. They say one catastrophic event could wipe them out.
The collars will tell researchers more about where and how the sheep live. A team working from a helicopter first tried to put the collars on in December, but high winds derailed forced them to give up.
Cheyenne, WY – Senators are deciding what to do about a bill that would allow someone to use deadly force in life threatening situations.
The "Castle Doctrine" bill would also provide the person who did the killing with a form of immunity. Gun activists have fully endorsed the measure, but some senators fear it could have unintended consequences.
Senator John Hastert says he's worried it would allow people to bait others into deadly conflicts.
Wyoming – The Governor of Wyoming joined an outfitter and an advocate for the state's oil and gas industry in an appearance before Congress this week. At stake: the future of more than a million acres of the Bridger Teton National Forest and the Wyoming Range.
Wyoming – With one week to go in the legislative session, Governor Dave Freudenthal thinks things are going fairly well. Bob Beck interviews the governor about a couple of bills and next week's Democratic caucus.