Laramie, WY – A deputy director of the Wyoming Department of Health says one of the most important New Years resolutions Wyomingites can make this year is to quit smoking. Rodger McDaniel says this is a time of year when people think about improving their health. And that includes smokers: "About 22 percent of Wyomingites still smoke, and a good number of them say they would like to quit."
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming recouped more than $1 billion in the value of its investment portfolio in 2009. The state now has recovered fully from the paper losses it suffered in the economic downturn.
The Wyoming State Treasurer's Office posted figures this week showing the market value of the state's portfolio is now $11.5 billion. That's about $150 million more than the original cost of the investments.
Early this year, the market value of the state's portfolio had fallen more than $1.3 billion below the original investment cost.
Laramie, WY – The federal official who oversees the U.S. Forest Service yesterday toured some of Wyoming's bark-beetle-ravaged forests with Governor Dave Freudenthal. Freudenthal says the point was to show Harris Sherman, a U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary, the extent that the bark beetle is hitting Wyoming's forests: "While Wyoming may be a few years behind what's gone on in Colorado, we're certainly in the bulls-eye of the problem, and it's only gonna get worse."