Casper, WY – Mayors, county commissioners, state legislators and just about everyone in between returned to Casper College for day two of the governor's conference on growth.
It was a mix of the philosophical the importance of drawing everyday citizens into discussions on the state's future. And the practical how regulations, government spending and impact fees can guide growth management.
Casper, WY – Business and property owners are concerned about a plan to redevelop the Old Yellowstone District in downtown Casper. The plan would put about 6 million dollars toward renovating streets and sidewalks. In the long term, it calls for private development of mixed-use buildings downtown.
Some downtown business owners have criticized the plan's zoning, street construction and design standards.
Laramie, WY – Great Lakes Aviation saw a nearly 39 percent increase in passengers from its Wyoming airports last month, compared to December of 2006.
The airline's spokeswoman, Monica Taylor, says one reason for the big increase is that Great Lakes starting flying to Sheridan in 2007.
But taking Sheridan out of the equation, Taylor says the company still saw a 24 percent increase in passengers from the other Wyoming airports. She says the the rise is probably do to Wyoming's oil and gas boom, as well as high gas prices.
Yellowstone National Park, WY – A magnitude 3.7 earthquake was recorded in northwestern Yellowstone National Park Wednesday. The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology says there were no immediate reports of damage.
Mike Stickney of the bureau's earthquake studies office in Butte, Mont., says the quake happened at 2:37 p.m. It was one of several in the Yellowstone area Wednesday.
He says there have been small quakes in the Yellowstone area during the past week or so, and that's not unusual for the park.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming's office of consumer advocate said a proposed rate increase by Rocky Mountain power is much too high. Bryce Freeman says improper assumptions and some overestimates led his agency to oppose the hike by the states largest electric utility. Freeman wants the Public Service Commission to reduce the proposed increase by 60%. That means the increase will be much less for consumers
Casper, WY – If you're over 50 years old, it's time to polish your resumes. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services in Casper is hosting a free career fair geared toward older workers. The department's Guy Hadley says 20 businesses from various industries will be at the Casper Recreation Center tomorrow. He says the idea is to look in new places to find workers in a tight job market.
Hadley says the department will host additional job fairs that cater to specific industries or age-groups.