Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says he met with officials from coal companies this week and got some bad news. He says he found out that coal has piled up at power plants around the country, and that the inventory of coal is larger than it's been in at least five years. That may mean a slowdown in production is coming.
Freudenthal attributes the backlog of coal to the economic crisis. He says while mining may slow, the price of coal is not likely to drop significantly.
Jackson, WY – The down economy is severely affecting low-income Latinos in the Jackson area. The Jackson Food Cupboard supplies goods like meats, grains, fruits and paper products to families in need. They open at 4 in the afternoon. These days, by 2:30, there's a line stretching into the parking lot.
Cheyenne, WY – The number of moose in northern Jackson Hole has declined by more than 50 percent since the late 1980s. Researchers think wildfires, warm temperatures, competition for food from other wildlife and predators could be to blame. The population drop will affect the availability of moose hunting licenses in the region for 2009. About 20 years ago, wildlife managers estimated there were between 2,300 and 2,800 moose in the region. Now, the moose population is estimated at about 1,000.