Laramie, Wy – Albany County is changing addresses. The local government is moving to change some road names and re number some addresses. This is to make it easier for emergency responders to find homes. However, a pocket of citizens are resisting the change. Merav Ben David says it will cost her and her neighbors money and be inconvenient. Ben David says it would be better to spend money to put G-P-S units in all emergency vehicles than changing all of the addresses. The county says computers are fallible and so they want to standardize the addresses around Laramie.
Alpine, Wy – Problems with ballot distribution in the November 7 election have prompted town officials in Alpine to scrap the Town Council election results. They've scheduled a new vote for Tuesday. Lincoln County Clerk Jeanne Wagner says eight people living outside the town limits were mistakenly given ballots for the Alpine town election. In that race, four people ran for two council seats. Wagner says the outcome of the election could change Tuesday because only three
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's Job growth continues. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says Wyoming has gained 12-thousand 500 jobs in the last year and non-farm jobs have increased since September. The Small Business Administration's Jim Henderson contends that the labor market in the state is solid because of small businesses. Henderson says while the mineral sector is behind most job growth in the state he argues that small businesses are the ones that are benefiting the most.
Cheyenne, Wy – A state commission has ruled that future elementary schools built in Wyoming must follow a handful of set designs. The Wyoming School Facilities Committee yesterday (Tuesday) adopted a policy requiring the use of five or six prototypical school designs. Officials say that using the same designs for schools built around the state is intended to make construction more simple and cost-effective. James "Bubba" Shivler is commission director. He says the new policy will save time on school construction.
Sheridan, Wy – A million dollar donation from Sheridan's Whitney Benefits will allow Sheridan College to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The College will partner with the University of Wyoming to offer the degree. Sheridan College's Dean of Nursing Trudy Munsick says it should help address some health care needs in northeast Wyoming, but more importantly, it will aide area students, who are site bound. She says it is something they have been trying to get for a number of years.
Laramie, Wy – This Holiday season, retailers in Cody are hoping to see a continuation of the strong sales they saw in the summer. The Cody Country Chamber of Commerce says about a third of their members had better than expected sales over the summer and they want to hang on to that trend. But stores in nearby Billings, Montana can chip away at holiday business especially because Montana has no sales tax. So Christine Houze of the chamber says she promotes the strong points of shopping in Cody, "In Cody, we really do emphasize the customer service aspect.