Laramie, Wy – The Federal Reserve's cut of a key interest rate today (Tuesday) will not make much of a difference to Wyomingites. That's according to University of Wyoming economist Sherrill Shaffer. He says, on the one hand, smaller banks will not cut the interest rate they pay to customers for keeping money in a savings account because of fierce competition in the industry. He adds that since their overhead costs are not going down as a result of the rate cut by the federal reserve, they're also not able to pass along rate cuts along on the loan rates that they charge borrowers.
Laramie, Wy – The Clinton era roadless rule was first proposed ten years ago this week as a way to save money. Mike Dombeck who was forest service chief at the time was concerned about the maintenance costs of keeping up the many roads built in forests. He says it was costing taxpayers too much and something needed to be done.
Lander, Wy – Wildlife biologists say that recent cold and snow continue, more mule deer could die in the western part of Wyoming this winter compared to recent years. Scientists say that recent steady snows have helped parched western Wyoming. The area has been parched by five years of drought. However, the scientists say the snows mean deer in western Wyoming face a tougher struggle to survive. Kent Schmidlin is regional wildlife supervisor with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in Lander.
Cheyenne, Wy – Students and faculty at a Cheyenne elementary school were evacuated Tuesday because of a suspected gas leak. Laramie County School District 1 spokeswoman Mary Quast said Jessup Elementary was evacuated before noon. She said students were taken to a gymnasium separate from the school to be fed lunch and picked up by their parents. Quast said crews from Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power were called in to investigate the potential leak. School was called off at Jessup Elementary for the remainder of the day.
Wyoming – Denny Curran, the executive editor of the Wyoming Business Report, and Casper Star Tribune Reporter Tom Morton join Peter O'Dowd in this week's reporter's roundtable. They talk about the state's philosophy on managing growth.