Laramie, Wyo. – A new economic report says Wyoming's job growth should prevent a sizable downturn in consumer spending in the state. State Economist Wenlin Liu says despite what is happening nationally Wyoming should be able to withstand a negative downturn in the economy.
"Wyoming's economy is still robust, because jobs are still growing, at a rate that is still fastest in the nation," Liu said. "Also, our unemployment rate is at just around 3 percent. That is very low," Liu added.
Riverton, Wyo. – The cause of a fire that killed three children in a Riverton home last summer remains under investigation.
The Riverton Volunteer Fire Department, with help from the State Fire Marshal's office, has completed its inquiry into the fire. The Fremont County Sheriff's Department has not yet finished its part of the investigation, however.
The fire destroyed the home in the Cozy Mobile Home Park on Aug. 7.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Frontier Mall in Cheyenne had a profitable Christmas.
The general manager, Kenneth Burke, says holiday sales matched last year's. Many retailers in Cheyenne followed a national trend that offered sharp discounts to get shoppers spending. Burke says the discount that drew the most shoppers was buy-one-get-half-off-the-second one. He says the sales should continue.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Scientists are closely monitoring more than 250 small earthquakes that have occurred in Yellowstone National Park since Friday.
Swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone. But Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah, says it's very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days.
The largest tremor happened Saturday and measured magnitude 3.8. Tremors continued Sunday and Monday, including a magnitude 3.3 quake shortly after noon on Monday.
Laramie, Wyo. – Two avalanches have hammered Wyoming's largest ski resort. On Saturday, a skier was killed at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Another slide crashed into a mountain-top restaurant early Monday morning.
The 31-year-old skier was on expert terrain within resort boundaries when the avalanche swept him 200 yards down the mountain. A resort spokeswoman says ski patrollers recovered his body beneath eight feet of snow just 10 minutes after the accident.
Jackson, Wyo. – Management of the Jackson Hole Airport plans to try to create a separate law enforcement agency to police the airport despite opposition from some Wyoming sheriffs.
The Jackson Hole Airport board voted last week to try to push through a new state law that would allow the creation of a new law enforcement agency. The board voted to spend $25,000 to hire a lawyer to lobby for the effort.
Casper, Wyo. – A federal lawsuit that three neurosurgeons have filed against the Wyoming Medical Center is on track for a trial in June.
Drs. Robert A Narotsky, Thomas A. Kopitnik, and Debra Steele contend that the medical center and its overseers forced them and their group Central Wyoming Neurosurgery LLC to resign hospital privileges by creating a hostile work environment.