Several remote communities in the state will be able to receive better internet service in the near future. Visionary Communications has announced a plan to expand its fiber optic line to connect the towns of Chugwater, Guernsey, Pinedale and Torrington to the rest of the state.
A new study from the group Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development says that rural communities depend on adjacent land for their economic health. That can either be land for energy development or the outdoors. The report finds that ten percent of the jobs in Cody are connected to spending on fishing, hunting and wildlife. But impact from nearby energy development land can also help the local economy. But Trout Unlimited’ s Brad Powell says there should be a balance between the two.