Cheyenne, Wyo. – A special sub-committee studying wind farms and taxation in Wyoming is drafting legislation. It would spell out how much companies building wind farms should pay in taxes. The select committee made up of legislators, local government officials and those in the wind industry was told that Wyoming's proposed taxes for wind farms would be among the lowest in the region. But industry officials disagree.
Laramie, Wyo. – The state's unemployment rate ticked up slightly from July to August, to 6.8 percent. It's the first increase in unemployment that the state has seen since early this year, but Wyoming Department of Employment Economist David Bullard says the increase is not statistically significant.
"Our unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in January. And then it decreased every month through July, down to 6.7 percent in July. And now we've gone up just one tenth."
CHEYENNE, wyo. – U.S. Senator John Barrasso says he will run for vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. The Wyoming Republican says if he's chosen, he will use the position to stand up for Wyoming and western issues. The position is the fifth-ranking leadership position in the Republican Party conference in the U.S. Senate.
Evanston, Wyo – Three significant wildfires are burning in Wyoming, including a lightning-caused wildfire in Yellowstone National Park. The second fire is outside Laramie and a third is east of Evanston.The Yellowstone fire, which was reported Sept. 14, was 5 percent contained Monday, growing to 1,600 acres, or nearly 2 1/2 square miles. The Laramie-area fire covered about 1,200 acres, or about 2 square mile and the Evanston fire burned about 6,000 acres, or