Cody, Wy – Tourism leaders have joined the long list of those opposing increased natural gas development in the Bridger Teton National Forest. The Wyoming tourism board registered its opposition to proposals to drill new natural gas wells in the bridger teton national forest. Board chief Gene Bryan urged the forest supervisor to prohibit drilling in the Wyoming Range in order to preserve the tourist destinations his organization markets. Bryan says the board does not oppose energy development and benefits from the revenues it brings in. But the level of development concerns him.
Cheyenne, Wy – Don't be tentative in examining Wyoming's community colleges and the way that system is operated and funded. That's what Governor Freudenthal told the Governor's Commission on Community Colleges today (Wednesday). The commission was holding its first meeting in Cheyenne. Freudenthal says Wyoming now has enough predictable revenue from the energy industry to take the state's community colleges to a -- quote -- "higher level." Freudenthal appointed the 14-member commission last month to
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming leads the nation in work place deaths. The numbers gathered by the Bureau of labor statistics show that Wyoming led the nation in workplace deaths, based on 100 thousand people. Industry officials say the energy industry brings with it more dangerous jobs. But Wyoming AFL-CIO Executive Secretary Kim Floyd says better safety training and enhanced inspections would likely have a major impact and improve things for the better. He says it is past time for Wyoming to get serious about workplace safety.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's employment picture contains mostly good news. According to the latest figures from the Wyoming Department of Employment, the state's unemployment rate was just two-point-six percent in March. That's up a tad from February's rate, but down from last year and well below the national average. In the year since March 2006, Wyoming has added approximately 10,600 jobs, with the biggest growth in construction and natural resources and mining, which includes the oil and gas industries.
Cheyenne, Wy – This year highway construction crews around the state will be a little extra busy. That's because the state legislature spent an extra 95 million dollars this year on road construction. Wyoming Department of Transportation spokesman, Dave Kingham, says that money is paying for about 20 projects. While this money obviously helps, a report by WyDOT shows the state has a total backlog of 250 million dollars in projects.
Worland, Wy – Police have identified the victim of a shooting in Washakie County. Authorities say 33-year-old Raul Gomez was shot to death yesterday (Monday). A 27-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death. Washakie County Sheriff Steven Rakness says Sergio Rojas told police and sheriff's deputies that he shot his friend with a rifle early Monday after a brief argument and a physical confrontation. Police say the suspect is the brother of the victim's wife.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming officials continue to look at ways to enhance the state workforce. The workforce development council is releasing a publication that they think will help. The latest edition of Wyoming Workforce outlook is attempting to show young workers that there is a lot of opportunity in Wyoming. Workforce Services Director Joan Evans says articles on high growth jobs training and other opportunities will be featured. The hope is that young people will be motivated to work in the state. Wyoming has lacked young workers for years.
Laramie, Wy – In Wyoming, for every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 57 cents. That makes Wyoming's wage gap among the worst in the country. Nationally, women get about 77 cents for every dollar a man gets. State officials have been working to improve the wage gap but they say results have been mixed. Teresa De Groh is the chairman of the Wyoming council for Women's issues and she says the pay inequity has been enhanced by the energy boom in the state.