Wyoming – Over the years a handful of Wyoming athletes have competed in the Olympics. Right now there are several rigorously training with the hopes of qualifying for future games. One is bobsledder Joe Sisson. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports he's making an improbable comeback
Cheyenne, Wy – In his new position as head of the state's division of cultural resources . Milward Simpson says he plans to raise the profile of the state's arts culture and historical resources. Simpson was recently named to the post after heading up the Wyoming Arts Council. Among Simpson's plans are to develop new cultural programming with the state's new 5-million dollar cultural trust fund. And he says his agency has recently hired a new director of folk art.
Laramie, Wy – A two-point-four (M) million dollar federal grant will establish a program in Casper to train workers for the booming oil and gas industry. Senator Mike Enzi says Wyoming needs skilled workers in place as fast as possible to take advantage of the oil and gas boom. U-S Labor Secretary Elaine Chao says increasing demand for energy is creating new jobs in the oil and gas industry. Senator Craig Thomas says it's important to have workers trained to use the advanced technology in the oil and gas fields.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming Post offices are dealing with nearly 300 thousand pieces of mail a day and officials urge you to mail your packages now. Postal Service Spokesman Jim Desarro says in Wyoming, residents need to have something in the mail by Wednesday. To make the process go smoothly, he says get a new box and pack it properly. Desarro says don't use string or wrapping paper and make sure the address can be seen easily.
Cheyenne, Wy – Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will likely seek state funding for a new tram that would be owned by a public entity and leased to the resort. That's according to Larry Wolfe, a Cheyenne attorney and lobbyist who represents the resort. Resort officials announced this year that they plan to shut down the famous tram at the end of next summer. They cited maintenance costs and safety concerns. Wolfe says the resort will probably ask the Legislature for funding during this winter's session.
Jackson, Wy – Public comments on a draft transit plan for Grand Teton National Park generally supported trying out shuttle buses. Several of the nearly 27-hundred people who commented on the plan said that mass transit could cut down on congestion, air pollution, noise and collisions with wildlife. Others said the same thing about plans to build new pathways. But pathways were a more contentious issue. While Grand Teton has proposed building 23 miles of new paths,
Laramie, Wy – A new report says more Americans are wearing seatbelts. Federal officials say that nationally 82 percent of the public is buckling up. While federal officials say they don't have reliable statistics about Wyoming Sergeant Steve Townsend of the Wyoming Highway Patrol says their most recent numbers show that 70 percent of people driving in Wyoming are wearing restraints, while just 56 percent of Wyoming residents are buckling up. That is a low number admits Townsend.
Cheyenne, Wy – Six University of Wyoming students hope to get investing experience by managing a (M) million dollars in state funds. The students are planning to go to the State Loan and Investment board tomorrow (Thursday) and ask for permission to invest half a (M) million dollars for now. If they get good returns on that investment, they plan to seek another half (M) million dollars next fall. All the students are business majors interested in investment management. They are Emerald Reid, of Cheyenne; Corey Bramlet, of