Gillette, Wy – The Wyoming Business Council is awarding a million dollars for a Teton County project that could get Wyoming further into the high tech business field. Teton County would get the money on behalf of the economic development group Imagine Jackson, who will construct a building and lease it to the high tech research and develop firm Square One Systems Design. Business Ready Community Program spokesman Shawn Reece says the money is in addition to funding that was used to purchase the building site. He says it will diversify the local economy.
Laramie, Wy – The Humane Society of the United States ranks Wyoming's dogfighting laws second-to-last in terms of penalizing offenders. The organization analyzed dogfighting laws across the country and ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Idaho, Georgia, Nevada and Hawaii join Wyoming in having the weakest dogfighting laws on the books. Wyoming ranks 50th and Idaho 51st. Wyoming and Idaho are the only states in the nation where dogfighting is not a felony.
Cody, Wy – Wyoming's governor and congressional delegation have sent scathing letters to the National Park Service about Yellowstone National Park's East Entrance. Governor Freudenthal, Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Representative Barbara Cubin wrote Park Service officials that they disagreed with the idea of closing Sylvan Pass during the winter. They questioned why the agency is saying the road should be closed because of cost concerns when earlier it cited safety concerns.
Laramie, WY – Laborers coming to Campbell County for work are still having problems finding a place to live. That's according to the executive director of the Campbell County Economic Development Corporation Ruth Benson. Benson says there is not enough low income apartments in Gillette, causing a major housing problem since about 300 new workers have come to the area.
It's very difficult for private developers to make a profit at that level of rent and get their bank loans, Benson says.
Laramie, WY – The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities is praising various projects going in the state concerning democracy. Bruce Cole will be in Wyoming next week viewing some of them. He says a project educating teachers about Women's Suffrage in the west is important. Cole says it's part of an initiative called We the People and it is attempting to provide humanities education for states .
Laramie, WY – A bison hunt in the National Elk Refuge this weekend could bring an end to almost 10 years of legal conflict. The Refuge and the state of Wyoming tried to allow bison hunting in 1998, but were stopped by a lawsuit from an animal advocacy group. That suit was dismissed last month - giving hunters a green light. Refuge manager Steve Kallin says the hunts are necessary because the bison's ever-increasing population is cutting into the elk's food supply.
Laramie, WY – An expert on Mexico says the country is still heavily impacted by what goes on in the United States. But Oxford University Professor Alan Knight adds that Mexican economic downturns impact the U-S as well. Knight, who has written extensively on the history of Mexico, spoke this week at the University of Wyoming.
Right now, gas pipelines in Mexico are being damaged and many economists say that will also have an impact on the United States.
Laramie, WY – On the sixth anniversary of September 11th and on the day General David Petraeus spoke before a Senate committee about the war's progress, Republican Senator Mike Enzi says the country must not forget the sacrifice of American troops.