Laramie, Wy – Two Wyoming groups are watching the U-S Supreme Court carefully after the court decided today to uphold a ban on so-called partial-birth abortion. The Wyoming Family Coalition's John Birbari says he thinks that changes to the composition of the court have lead to this ruling, which he favors. "It reflects a possible return to sanity on the part of the court, I'm hopeful anyway."
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's lodging industry has been expanding at a solid clip and there's no sign of slowdown. Duane Vinson of Smith Travel Research says demand for hotel rooms increased by nine percent in Wyoming. And the supply of rooms grew by two-point-two percent in the last year. Vinson says there currently are six upscale hotels in the pipeline for the state with a total of about 630 rooms and 15 midscale properties not offering food or beverages with a total of about 12-hundred rooms.
Laramie, Wy – Drilling for coal bed methane in the Powder River Basin started slowing down last month. That's after the Bureau of Land Management put rules in place to protect sage grouse. The state's Oil and Gas Supervisor, Don Likwartz, says these rules aren't new but things did change this year with the drilling moving away from the roads and into more rugged areas that is better sage grouse habitat. Likwartz says in the past at this time of year drilling companies moved to private or state land.
Laramie, Wy – The major ski resorts in Teton County have closed for the winter. The snowfall in that part of the state was below average this winter, but still the number of skiers hitting the slopes was high. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort had its second busiest ski season ever. Spokesperson, Anna Olson, says they had very strong holidays and an active December, but the season could have been even better if there was more snow at the end of the year.