Laramie, WY – This week state officials predicted lower revenue because of a drop in oil and gas production. Now it appears the slowdown is also impacting Wyoming's job growth. State Economist David Bullard says over the last year Wyoming has gained over nine thousand jobs, but the growth is slowing. But Bullard says another factor is that there are fewer people available to work new jobs and that has also affected the numbers. But he quickly adds that job growth continues in the state and Bullard contends that it remains strong.
Laramie, WY – Four resorts in the Big Horn Mountains will go up for auction at the end of June. The Deer Haven, Meadowlark and Big Horn Ski resorts all will be sold to the highest bidder in a sealed auction. Also up for auction is the Wilderness Ranch, and a minimum price will be set for that property. The resorts can be purchased together or individually. The auction was announced this week. Also this week, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality cited the resorts' owner for wastewater violations at two of the resorts.
Laramie, WY – Some bar owners in Gillette are speaking out against a proposed ordinance that would require them to call police, or face a fine, any time a fight breaks out or a minor tries to buy alcohol. The Gillette city council approved the measure 4-2 on first reading on Monday, with one bar-owning councilman abstaining. The measure would need to pass two more readings to become law. Under the proposal, bar owners would face fines ranging from $500 to $2,000, depending on the number of violations they have over a three-year period.
Washington D-C – Governor Dave Freudenthal is urging the Wyoming congressional delegation and specifically Senator Craig Thomas to pass legislation to eliminate oil and gas leasing on the Wyoming range. A spokesman for Senator Thomas says he is doing just that. Cameron Hardy says the bill would eliminate future leasing in the Wyoming range but Hardy says the Senator has a strong belief that local interests should buy back leases that have already been purchased by energy companies.
Rock Springs, Wy – Wyoming's housing market is tight in just about every corner of the state. But in areas experiencing an energy boom affordable housing can be nearly impossible to find. Rock springs official and affordable housing advocate Lisa Skiles Parady says many Wyoming communities are struggling in particular to navigate the world of funding resources.
Laramie, Wy – The new Wyoming conservation corps already is working on projects near Casper, Laramie and other parts of the state. Director Nicholas Agopian says the program will take care of rehabilitation efforts and trail building that might otherwise not occur, because of time and money. The projects mostly involve University of Wyoming students. He adds that a side benefit is that it will identify future workers for agencies.
Sheridan, Wy – A conservation group is asking a state court to overturn Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal's rejection of more stringent standards for coal-bed methane water. The Powder River Basin Resource Council filed a petition in state court in Cheyenne today (Tuesday) stating that the governor's rejection of the rules was arbitrary and an abuse of his discretion. The state Environmental Quality Council in February passed rules that would have required companies to prove the water they