Wyoming – Most people believe it could be a tough year for the Wyoming Democratic Party. The party could lose seats in the legislature and it appears both the U-S House race and the Governor's race will be tough to win. Although many think State Senator Mike Massie will compete in the race for state superintendent. But while some are gloomy, the Director of the Wyoming Democratic Party Bill Luckett is not. He speaks with Bob Beck.
Wyoming – Following the oil and uranium boom of the 1980's, Fremont County fell on the some hard economic times. Unemployment was high and many homes were up for sale. But lately the county has had a comeback. Whether it's from the energy industry, Casinos on the Wind River Reservation or a new business park in Lander, more people are employed. It's led to something different in Lander. WPR's Bob Beck reports that young people are running businesses.
Wyoming – The price of gold has gone up by 400 percent over the last decade. For months now, gold has been trading near record highs. And that has far-reaching effects, not from Wall Street to Main Street, but all the way out to central Wyoming, and a spot called the Rattlesnake Hills. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has this story about modern gold prospecting.
Cody, Wy – Cool and cloudy weather is expected to help firefighters battling wildfires in northwest Wyoming. At least four wildfires were burning in the area Monday and one has grown to about 3,000 acres or nearly 5 square miles. It's burning in the Gros Ventre Wilderness of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The lightning-caused blaze is being managed for habitat benefits while structures are protected. Another fire has grown to 218 acres about 50 miles west of Cody and is visible from the East Entrance Road in Yellowstone National Park.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming unemployment rate fell in July for the sixth consecutive month to six-point-seven percent. That number is down from six-point-eight percent in June and a high of seven-point-five percent in February. Both the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate are at their lowest levels since July of last year.
University of Wyoming economist, Rob Godby, says that nationally, unemployment growth is beginning to rise, but in Wyoming, the rates are improving.