Best of Wyoming
2:49 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

The Lander Art Center - Exhibitions, Education, and Professional Development

The Lander Art Center is a nonprofit art organization located in beautiful Lander, Wyoming. It’s a membership-based organization relying on the involvement and financial support of the community. 

The Center’s mission is to engage the community's young people and adults in visual arts through quality exhibitions and learning opportunities that will support a strong arts community in Fremont County.

The gallery-space features varied art exhibitions of local, regional and national artists rotating on a six-week basis totaling eight exhibitions per year.

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Topic of the Week
9:33 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Winter Activities

What are your favorite winter activities or events in Wyoming?

Open Spaces
5:02 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Wind River Tribes might head back to court over mineral mismanagement

Listen to the Story

In the class action lawsuit Cobell vs. Salazar, plaintiff Elouise Cobell accused the Federal Government of mismanaging nearly 150-billion dollars in royalties owed to Indian landowners due to the loss and destruction of records. The government agreed to a $3.4 billion dollar settlement – and government data estimates there are up to 8,000 possible beneficiaries here in Wyoming.

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7:45 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Groups want something done about Wyoming workplace deaths

     For the last decade, Wyoming has ranked either first or second for workplace deaths and two groups are asking legislators to change things.  The AFL-CIO and the Spence Association for Employee Rights point to a recent report that said that Wyoming has had 622 work related deaths since 1992. Kim Floyd of the AFL-CIO says that is too many and it’s time for state leaders to change their approach and finally do something to improve the workplace culture.

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8:47 am
Mon December 19, 2011

Group says Wyoming should demand outcomes when it gives economic development incentives

An organization called Good Jobs First says Wyoming should play harder-to-get when businesses apply for state funding and tax incentives. Of the states requiring job-creation results from benefiting businesses, Good jobs first ranks Wyoming 49th. Dan Neal of the Equality State Policy center says Wyoming is being too loose with its purse strings without demanding a return in new jobs.  He says while Wyoming looks at ways to diversify its economy through incentives…it is not unreasonable to require a certain number of good paying jobs to be created.

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4:30 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Wyoming Artist Profile - Mike Dowling

Mike Dowling digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike's musicality, depth, and mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike.

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6:33 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Wyoming Prepares For New Mexico Bowl

The Wyoming Cowboys football team is scaling back its practices as the Pokes get ready for the New Mexico Bowl.  Wyoming’s opponent Temple, is one of the better running teams in the country. 

Wyoming Linebacker Brian Hendricks says the Cowboys have faced a number of good running backs this year, but few teams who are committed to running the ball as much as the Owls.

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7:26 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Wyoming is off to its best start since the 1980's

    Wyoming guard JayDee Luster scored a career high 18 points to lift  the Cowboys to a 58-48 win over U-C Irvine.  Luster normally distributes the ball, but the Anteaters played a defense that dared him to shoot.

“Coach Shyatt prepared us for that before the game.  He told me about a week ago that guys are going to start playing off of you to try and slow down our offense.  But you know I’ve been coming into the gym every night shooting 300 three’s…so I had that confidence at the end of the game to keep shooting.”

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8:22 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Wyoming revenue picture is not as dismal as some suggest

The administrator of Wyoming’s Economic Analysis Division says the state’s long range economic forecast is that revenues for energy development should be stable.  Some lawmakers contend that recent revenue reports suggest that Wyoming will have less money in the future, and they want state agencies to trim budgets between five and eight percent. 

But Buck McVeigh who co-chaired the state economic forecast says it is far from dire.  But he added during an interview on Tuesday that the very high prices Wyoming has received for its natural gas  will likely level off.       

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5:47 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Wyoming unemployment picture remains steady

 The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says that the state’s unemployment in October was at five-point-seven percent, well below national figures of nine percent.   David Bullard is a Senior Economist with the department.

“The unemployment rate came down a tenth of percent from September to October.  But it has really been in the narrow range of five point seven to five point nine in the past few months, so little change.  But it is lower than a year ago.”

6:18 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Conservationists Oppose Wyomings Wolf Plan At Public Meeting


Wyoming’s proposed wolf management plan, which could remove wolves from federal protections, continues to draw ire from conservationists. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosted the state’s only public informational meeting about the plan in Riverton Tuesday night.

Daryle Murphy of the Sierra Club’s Wyoming chapter called it a “wolf killing plan, not a management plan.” He’s talking about the plan Gov. Matt Mead and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar agreed to this summer.

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8:53 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Cheyenne jury awards record medical malpractice award

A jury in Cheyenne handed down the largest medical malpractice verdict in Wyoming history.  The case centered on Louis Prager, who was rushed to the emergency room after an auto accident in 2008.  The doctor, Brian Cullison, failed to diagnose his broken neck.  As a result,  Prager’s left shoulder remains paralyzed;  he’s unable to work;  and he’s in constant pain.

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5:19 pm
Fri August 26, 2011

Albany and Carbon County declared flood disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Albany and Carbon counties as natural disaster areas because of flooding. The designation from USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday provides emergency loans and compensation for farm income lost because of a natural disaster.
 Farmers and ranchers in the surrounding counties of Converse,
Fremont, Laramie, Natrona, Platte and Sweetwater also qualify for
USDA assistance because they are next to Albany and Carbon counties. Big Horn County also is seeking a disaster designation from USDA.

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5:46 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Loan program meant to boost childcare businesses

The Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Women's Business Center are sponsoring a grant-funded loan program that could help licensed childcare providers improve their businesses.

Rosemany Bratton of the Wyoming Women's Business Center said she hopes the Community Development Block Grant Child Care Facility Loan Program will help participating providers fill service gaps across the state.

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BLM land lease sale
5:40 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

BLM oil and gas land lease sale nets $49 million in revenue

The Bureau of Land Management

This week’s Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction in Cheyenne made a record amount of revenue.

The Wyoming BLM generated more than 49 million dollars from lease sales on 74 parcels of land, and an unheard-of 8 million dollars came from a single parcel.

An agency spokeswoman says the number of parcels auction off is determined by the number of nominations submitted from energy companies. In February, BLM auctioned off 31 parcels and in May, only 14.

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2:09 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Wyoming wolf plan adopted

 After years of lawsuits and negotiations, the State of Wyoming and the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service have reached an agreement that could lead to Wyoming managing wolves within the state.    The agreement would allow Wyoming to manage ten breeding pairs, but reduce the number of wolves outside of Yellowstone National Park from 350 down to 100.   The Governor’s policy adviser for Wildlife and Endangered Species Steve Ferrell says those numbers will be reduced through such things as hunting…but he does not expect a sudden reduction.

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