Laramie, WY – One Cheyenne economist says Frontier Days may not supply the economic boom it once did. Dick O'Gara of the Wyoming Center for Business and Economic Analysis says he predicts the 10-day western festival brought in about 80-thousand people and 24 million dollars last week. O'Gara says the money does help the economy by adding jobs. Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Spokeswoman Angie Harper says the city brings in an extra 300-thousand dollars in sales tax every July.
Laramie, WY – Senator John Barrasso says he's worried Wyoming will not receive the 550-million dollars the federal government owes the state in Abandoned Mine Land funds. Barrasso voted against the nomination this week of a man named Brent Whalquist, who is being considered to head the federal government's surface mining reclamation program. Barrasso says Whalquist avoided direct questions when the senator asked him about the half billion dollars the government owes Wyoming.