Cody, WY – An annual conference that displays western furniture, fashion and home accessories will stay in Cody for now. Western Design Conference owner Carol Decker says both Jackson and Park City, Utah expressed interest in taking the event. But she says neither has the support system Cody has nor the heritage and passion. Decker, of Jackson, bought the Western Design Conference for 765 thousand dollars last March. A month later she launched the upscale magazine, Western Interiors and Design.
Laramie, WY – The conservation group that has been compensating livestock producers for animals killed by wolves has now spent 300 thousand dollars on the program. Defenders of Wildlife Vice President of Species Conservation Nina Sasseon says they started the compensation trust in 1987 to put their money where their mouth was. One complaint about the program is that there are cases of animals disappearing that were mostly likely killed by wolves, but there's no proof.
Gillette, Wy – The first phase of a 180-acre business park for office and manufacturing companies in Gillette is slated to open in January. The Gillette Tech Center plans to offer eight lots up to five acres in size at that time. New businesses could start moving in sometime next year. Planning, meanwhile, is continuing on the Gillette Technical Training Center, which would serve as a vocational training spot for the Gillette Campus and emerging businesses.
Cody, WY – Up to ten elk were killed by hunters after wandering off public land near Heart Mountain. Game wardens say the herd of about 150 elk were apparently prevented from returning by several hunters in pickup trucks. The Game and Fish Department cited several of them for taking too many elk. Wardens don't think the hunters intentionally tried to keep the elk from escaping. However, Game and Fish wardens were trying to haze the elk uphill to the flanks of Heart Mountain. And wardens say many of the elk were exhausted from running and confused about how they could escape.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming's sales tax collections have dropped off by almost 12 million dollars. Use Tax collections across the state are down about eight million. State Senior Economist Weinlin Liu blames lower prices for natural gas. However, Liu also notes that consumer spending appears to be up as retail sales taxes were up almost three percent. And despite the fact that sales tax collections have dropped, overall collections are the second highest in a decade
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming spends about three million dollars a year on tobacco prevention, but the state has received over 40 million in tobacco settlement money over the last two years alone. Anti-Tobacco groups say the state should do a better job of putting the settlement funds into prevention. The state currently ranks 18th in funding such programs. The Centers for disease control would like Wyoming to spend an additional four million a year on prevention and they contend that will pay future dividends.
Cheyenne, Wy – The effect of wind energy on wildlife and scenery and its potential to create jobs are among issues federal officials are exploring in a bid to boost wind power on public land. The U-S Bureau of Land Management has begun preparing an environmental impact statement examining effects of a national wind energy program that would encourage leasing of B-L-M land for wind power projects. B-L-M Wyoming State Director Bob Bennett says the agency sees wind power as part of a balanced approach to energy development on public lands.
Laramie, Wy – The President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau admits that many in her organization worry about health care. A recent study showed that those in the Ag industry were among the most likely not to have health insurance and Farm Bureau President Karen Henry says that is a huge issue. But Henry notes that it is difficult to get babies delivered in specific rural areas in the state. She says this will have implications on agriculture in the future.
Laramie, WY – A nationally syndicated columnist is claiming that Wyoming is a nirvana for small businesses. Paul Tulenko recently wrote that entrepreneurs in Wyoming have an advantage that their counterparts in other states don't have: a centralized location for getting funding and aid. Tulenko says the Wyoming Business Council is the umbrella agency that provides all that help. But he says economic development will only happen if Wyoming has some kind of funding for these businesses to get off the ground and perhaps allow them to sell stock so that everyone makes money.
Laramie, Wy – The conservation group that has been compensating livestock producers for animals killed by wolves has now spent 300 thousand dollars on the program. Defenders of Wildlife vice president of species conservation, Nina Sasseon says they started the compensation trust in 1987 to put their money where their mouth was.