LARAMIE, wyo – A recent report from the Wyoming Department of Employment shows that total payroll was up substantially in the third quarter of last year, to more than 128 million dollars. That's an increase of 4 point 7 percent. At the same time, overall job losses continued. Senior Economist David Bullard says there's probably a simple explanation for the overall payroll gains, at a time of marginally decreasing employment
JACKSON, wyo – Experts are exploring new, lower cost ways to restore whitebark pines to the landscape. The trees are under attack from both native pine beetles and an exotic fungus, called blister rust. Forest Service Geneticist Mary Mahalovich is leading efforts to cultivate blister rust-resistant whitebarks. She says plans to grow disease-resistant seeds in an orchard instead of collecting them from the wild will make restoration efforts cheaper and faster.
Laramie, WY – The state's revised driving under the influence law goes into effect July 1. And this week about 150 prosecutors, law enforcement officers, judges and others came together to discuss just how the law will work.
Come July, drivers arrested on DUI charges will no longer be able to refuse a chemical test of their blood alcohol level. A main issue in implementing that change is the law's warrant requirement. If a driver refuses a test, the officer must get a warrant to do the test anyway.
Cheyenne, WY – A representative of an environmental group is voicing opposition to a proposal that would reduce the amount of public land available for oil shale development in Wyoming and neighboring states. Congress in 2005 approved leasing up to 1.9 million acres of public land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for oil shale development together with other lands holding tar sands. Now the Bureau of Land Management is working on a new plan set for release by the end of 2012 that could call for reducing the amount of land available for leasing in the three states.