Jackson, WY – Shopping right around Christmas generates some of the biggest sales of the year for some Teton County merchants. This year, holiday snowstorms helped boost sales at local outdoor gear shops.
Steve Romeo, a sales manager at Skinny Skis in Jackson, says sales of winter equipment often spike when it snows. "When the snow starts to fly," he says, "people get excited and dust of the skis in their garage and realize that their stuff might be outdated and need an upgrade."
Green River, WY – The Wyoming Wildlife Federation has named a new executive director.
Walt Gasson, a native of Green River and longtime employee of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, is the new executive director of the federation.
The 53-year-old Gasson retired in early December from the game department and was named federation director the next day. The federation has a membership of about 5,500 hunters, anglers and outdoors enthusiasts.
Gasson says he wants to concentrate on building the foundation's membership.
Casper, WY – Police say that a Casper man struck a pedestrian with a sport-utility vehicle while leaving a bar parking lot early Sunday morning and dragged the man for more than a mile, causing critical injuries.
Court records say the driver had gone to the bar after he posted bail and was released from jail following his arrest Saturday evening by the Wyoming Highway Patrol on allegations of drunken driving.
Billings, MT – It's been more than four years since Yellowstone National Park was removed from an international list of threatened places. But park officials say they are continuing to address issues that first put the park on the list.
The World Heritage Committee in 1995 placed Yellowstone on an international "in danger" list. The committee noted several threats to the park's natural and cultural resources.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's U.S. senators say they will fight a change in the distribution of federal mineral royalties.
President Bush enacted the change with the signing of a spending bill Wednesday. The change increases the federal share of mineral royalties from 50 to 52 percent and decreases the states' share from 50 to 48 percent.
Last fiscal year, federal royalties on coal, oil and natural gas provided more than $927 million for Wyoming. That was far more than any other state, meaning that the change will cost Wyoming more than any other state.
Laramie, WY – The new director of the Northeast Wyoming Economic Development Coalition says she wants to pursue projects that have been gathering cobwebs in the last few months.
Linda Harris's organization represents towns like Newcastle and Sundance in their efforts to develop economically. Harris says she's excited about an idea that would put a shooting range in Hulett, Wyoming in Crook County.