Laramie, WY – For the first time in a year there was an increase in the number of people who report having a job. The data for Wyoming comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics November Unemployment Report. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that the news is mixed.
Laramie, Wyo. – Officials from the state Department of Environmental Quality and the Sinclair oil refinery in Carbon County met on Friday afternoon to discuss the multiple spills and hazardous gas releases that have occurred at the site this year.
Jackson, Wyo. – National Elk Refuge officials say a combination of hunting pressure, mild weather and good forage available elsewhere resulted in the lowest number of elk on the refuge this fall in 25 years.
The refuge typically has about 3,000 elk on its southern end this time of year. But biologist Eric Cole says the high count has been only about 900 elk.
Cole says a limited-weapons elk hunt that started Oct. 10 and ended Dec. 13 pushed elk off the south end of the refuge and into the national forest or Grand Teton National Park.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Department of the Interior has extended the comment period on a proposal to add more regulation for coal mines. The idea is to have the federal government start reviewing the permits for coal mines, which would be on top of a review by a state agency.
The head of the Wyoming Mining Association, Marion Loomis, says the proposal came about to target mines in the east. "They were doing this because of mountain top mining, but the proposal that came out will affect everybody," he said.
Wyoming – This year, the Wyoming National Guard mobilized the largest deployment in its history. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss profiles authors of a book being used to help Guard commanders with their training.
Wyoming – This week Tom Stroock died, a long time Wyoming legislator and public servant and later Ambassador to Guatemala died. In later years, Stroock became very active in issues surrounding the balance of energy and conservation. In 1989, Stroock was at the height of his political power and discussed his career with Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck.