Kathryn Flagg


The number of fatalities on Wyoming’s highways is down six percent compared to this time last year.

So far, 127 people have died in accidents in Wyoming this year, with four deaths occurring around the Thanksgiving holiday. Wyoming Highway Patrol Lieutenant Troy McLees says those numbers should be even lower, but also thinks winter driving habits in the state are beginning to improve. McLees attributes the decrease in fatalities this year in part to new signs posted along Interstate 80.

The Powder River Basin Resource Council is pointing to a new report as evidence that the transition to renewable energy may not be as expensive as conventional wisdom expects. The study from the Civil Society Institute suggests that cleaner energy and more efficiency measures could save the country 83-billion-dollars over the next 40 years. The study compared a “business as usual” approach to a scenario in which all of the country’s coal plants and a quarter of its nuclear plants are retired by 2050.

The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies is on track to deliver roughly five million pounds of food to individual food pantries throughout the state this year. But a new report from Feeding America suggests there’s still unmet demand, and that the food bank should be sending out twice as much food. Jamie Purcell is the development manager for Food Bank of the Rockies, which serves 260 local agencies throughout Wyoming, and says that right now the food bank is running at full capacity.

A Casper-based developer is shifting attention away from a contentious natural gas-to-liquids plant on Lake DeSmet, and is instead eyeing southwest Wyoming as a potential location for the proposed operation.

NERD Gas Company is looking to construct a facility to convert natural gas into gasoline. If constructed, the plant would be the first of its kind in the country.

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There’s good news in the economic forecast for ranchers in Wyoming. A wet winter and spring made for plenty of good grass, and now demand for beef is pushing cattle prices to record highs. Wyoming Public Radio’s Kathryn Flagg visited the Torrington Livestock Market and filed this report.