Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health has failed to develop and implement a comprehensive plan of how to control substance abuse despite receiving a 25-million dollar legislative appropriation for the task in 2002 and additional funding since then, according to a legislative report released Friday. The report, prepared by the Legislative Service Office, states substance abuse treatment efforts in the state continue to be fragmented. It says a comprehensive plan has not been identified and state agencies don't share data.
Laramie, Wy – The average cost of heating a home in Cheyenne will rise by a about 30 dollars a month under an agreement approved Thursday by the Wyoming Public Service Commission. The commission approved a request by Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power to pass along to customers the increased cost of natural gas that the utility company has been paying this winter. The company says it has been paying about 10 dollars per thousand cubic feet of gas on the open market while its customers have only been paying about 8 dollars per thousand.
Laramie, Wy – Nationally the housing market has cooled off over the last few months. However, in Wyoming the market continues to be strong. The president of the Wyoming Association of Realtors, Kathy Lucht, says 2005 was a record year for sales in Casper, where she works, and in several other parts of the state. Into the future Lucht predicts steady growth in the housing market. Her only concern is overbuilding, which could cause costs to come down. Up in Teton County they hit a new milestone. Home sales there topped a billion dollars for the first time ever in 2005.