Laramie, WY – The Community College Commission says Governor Freudenthal's request that community colleges cooperate with a state hiring freeze will not have a significant effect. Commission Executive Director Jim Rose says that's because the state's community colleges are already planning cutbacks. "Most of those colleges are already looking at their own hiring freezes," Rose said, "and in fact I believe some of the community colleges are actually looking at or potentially maybe implementing reductions in force."
Gillette, WY – The hospital in Gillette is going to expand. The board approved a nearly 60 million dollar project to build a new two-story building, a parking garage and a heli pad, and to do renovations.
Cheyenne, WY – Anadarko Petroleum has reduced its drilling operations in Wyoming but has not cut its work force or shut in any wells.
Anadarko spokesman John Christiansen says the company has cut its budget and will be less active in Wyoming and elsewhere this year.
The Woodlands, Texas-based company has about 750 employees in Wyoming working at both natural gas and oil operations. Christiansen says the company is retaining its current work force for when prices rebound and activity picks up again.
Cheyenne, WY – Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Wyoming ranchers and farmers are getting older. It's a trend that makes industry leaders concerned that a new generation of producers isn't entering the agriculture business.
The average age of primary agriculture producers in the state was 57 in 2007, according to a USDA census. In 2002, the average age was 54.
Industry officials say the barriers to entry are stacked against newcomers.