LARAMIE, wyo – A 100-thousand dollar grant to the University of Wyoming may help small, technology-oriented businesses in the state. The grant comes from the Small Business Association and will be used to council and train business owners on how to find and apply for technology-oriented grants from the federal government. The grant can be used for a broad range of purposes from developing new snow fences to medical technology.
GILLETTE, Wyo. – Work is moving ahead to rehabilitate a 30-year-old water pipeline in northeast Wyoming.
The 40-mile-long Madison pipeline links the city of Gillette with water wells in Crook County.
The project hit a major milestone last week when crews finished grouting and joint bonding the first section of pipeline in Crook County. Internal repairs to the first section of pipeline are expected to be done by Jan. 20.
The next phase of the project, between Rozet and Gillette, will take place between Jan. 20 and the end of April.
Laramie, Wyo. – While a few stray grizzlies have been seen wandering in the snow, most bears have gone into hibernation for the winter. That means the busiest year on record for Wyoming's Bear Management Program is over.
Casper, Wyo. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is boosting funding to protect sage grouse and sage grouse habitat in 11 Western states.
This will be the second year of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Sage Grouse Initiative. Up to $30 million will go to the states where sage grouse are found, an increase from $18.5 million in 2010.
Sage grouse are a mottled brown, football-sized bird found in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Oregon, South Dakota, North Dakota and Canada.