Laramie, Wyo. – With consumers cutting back on spending across the country, Jackson businesses expected some kind of drop, and now they have confirmation that the slowdown has arrived.
Tim O'Donoghue of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce says retailers have suffered the most.
"People are still coming here in droves, as they always have, but their discretionary spending patterns are changing, where they still need lodging, they still eat, but their spending on retail items has dropped down," he says.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming trustees will be asked to approve the next step in major upgrades to War Memorial Stadium. University Vice President Rick Miller says this latest effort includes a variety of upgrades including suites and prestige seating. Miller says this is a way to make the Athletics Department more money in the long run. Miller adds that paving the parking area and a new tennis facility will also be part of this plan. Trustees will discuss the proposal Thursday afternoon.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming had one of the nation's lowest home foreclosure rates for the third quarter of 2008, but the number of foreclosures has increased since the same period last year.
The numbers are included in a recent report by RealtyTrac Inc., which tracks foreclosures nationwide. Wyoming had the nation's 44th lowest foreclosure rate for July through September, with 255 homes at varying stages of foreclosure. That's up 141 percent from third quarter 2007.
Laramie, Wyo. – A report by the federal government says wild horses may have to be killed to deal with massive overpopulation.
The Government Accountability Office reaffirmed today what the Bureau of Land Management reported earlier: they will have to euthanize horses or send them to slaughter houses if their budget is not increased dramatically. BLM spokesman Tom Gorey says the Bureau doesn't like either of the options.
Laramie, Wyo. – More than one big-game animal a day is killed on an 18-mile stretch of Highway 20 north of the Wind River Canyon.
A game official says the number is more than twice the death-rate the department recorded in 2005. In a one-year period, the state's Department of Transportation has picked up 342 mule-deer carcasses, 29 white-tail deer, and four pronghorn between the north end of the Wind River Canyon and Kirby.