Wyoming – After years of financial crisis, the worker's comp fund has almost a billion dollars in it. Many employers think that's because they've paid too much. Many employees think they've received too little. The legislature is looking at the issue this session. Addie Goss reports.
Wyoming – State Senator John Hastert is a Democrat from Green River. He's sponsoring a bill that would extend the money a person can get from workers' compensation for mental injuries. An Elsa Partan interview.
Wyoming – Federal tax credits for clean energy are about to expire by the end of this year. And a deadlocked Congress has failed yet again to pass an extension. Wyoming's growing wind power is at risk. Yanmei Xie reports.
Wyoming – A group called Sportsmen for Responsible Energy has put a plan for protecting wildlife in the midst of energy development in Wyoming and the west. Steve Belinda is a former Bureau of Land management employee who currently works as a wildlife specialist for a number of organizations. A Bob Beck interview.
Wyoming – Non profit organizations are formed to benefit the public rather than to provide a profit for owners. Most require both public and private support so they are not viewed as a player in a community's economy. But that perception is not correct. A report finds that non profits spend almost a billion dollars in the state. Bob Beck reports.
Wyoming – Back in 1932, John D. Rockefeller Jr. purchased the JY Ranch. It was Jackson's Hole first dude ranch, a place where tourists paid to experience a working cattle ranch. Rockefeller bought the land and another 32,000 acres in order to set it aside for an expansion of Grand Teton National Park. While he donated most of the land to the park, he kept the JY as a family retreat. His son, Laurance, decided to turn it into a nature preserve and give the land to the park, which finally happened last year. Rebecca Huntington reports.
Wyoming – And now for a redneck perspective. That was the name of Mike Bressler's column in Planet Jackson Hole for five years. He wrote under the pen name of Clyde Thornhill. And he has just self-published his first book called Saddles to Sushi. An Elsa Partan interview.
Wyoming – While the national economy is in a slowdown Wyoming's economy continues to steam along. But there's a financial dark side to all this prosperity. We went to southwest Wyoming to take a look. Elsa Partan reports.
Wyoming – Oil has reached record prices this year. Today it's at 124-dollars per barrel. And some believe drilling in Wyoming is poised to heat up again. We traveled through the oil fields in Northern Wyoming to talk with two ranchers who have very different views on the good, the bad, and the future of oil production in the United States. Peter O'Dowd reports.
Laramie, Wyo. – A state economist says the wages in most industries in Wyoming are keeping pace with inflation but there are a few that are falling behind.
David Bullard is a Senior Economist with the Wyoming Department of Employment. He says some of the biggest winners in the weekly payroll increase are construction, administration, accommodation and food services.