Heavy snowfall this winter has crashed the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s budget. Budget Officer Kevin Hibbard says WYDOT budgeted $22-million, but the department over-spent that amount at the beginning of March.
“February this year was the most expensive month,” Hibbard says. “We had about 6-million dollars in snow control expenditures in the month of February.”
Women still only make up a small percentage of all hunters, but that number has increased significantly in recent years. Now, organizations like the Wyoming Women’s Foundation want to encourage more growth through mentorship. The group says hunting is an important way to teach self-sufficiency and economic independence. Wyoming Public Radio's Irina Zhorov tagged along on the state's inaugural Women's Antelope Hunt and filed this report.
Thomas Leighton clears branches and tree limbs from the street in central Casper, Wyo. on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. A major storm dumped heavy, wet snow over Wyoming, bringing down trees and power lines along the way.
WEB: branches down Casper was hard hit by last week’s early winter storm. The heavy snow felled many branches around the city, causing extensive damage. Assistant Public Services Director for the City of Casper, Peter Meyers, says branch cleanup will likely continue for the next several weeks.
The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center has raised the risk of avalanches to “considerable” for areas above 9,000 feet.
The Center’s Mike Rheam says that means naturally occurring avalanches are possible, and human-triggered avalanches are likely. Rheam says there’s a two-foot slab of new snow at high elevations in western Wyoming, which could give way easily.