Laramie, Wy – Families U-S-A found that annual premiums for family health care coverage offered through the workplace in Wyoming increased 119 percent on average during the period. At the same time, median earnings of Wyoming workers increased 18-point-seven percent. According to the organization's report, fast-rising health care costs are causing increasing numbers of people to go into debt and become uninsured or underinsured. The analysis found the high increases in insurance premiums came
Jackson, Wy – An avalanche killed a snowmobiler in Lincoln County over the weekend. The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center says two snowmobilers were buried Saturday in the Salt River Range about 40 miles south of Jackson. Rescuers were able to dig up and resuscitate one victim who was buried six feet deep. The person who died was buried by eight to ten feet of snow. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has NOT yet released the identities of the victims.
Cheyenne, Wy – Department of Family Services Director Rodger McDaniel is leaving his new post to run Wyoming's Substance Abuse Division. McDaniel was active in developing the states substance abuse plan under Governor Jim Geringer and looks forward to this new assignment. McDaniel says he wants to work on how the state can set up contracts that will offer better treatment for drug users. McDaniel says he also wants to enhance efforts at the local level.
Jackson, Wy – A new Teton County affordable housing development has drawn more than double the applications expected for the limited number of units. The homes sell for 100 thousand and up. That is quite a bit more affordable than typical home prices in the area. Teton County Housing Authority executive director Christine Walker says the community needs much more cheaper housing just to keep the workforce from leaving.
Laramie, Wy – New deals between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and two federal agencies have cleared the way for habitat improvement projects across 260 thousand acres in Montana and Wyoming. The agreements among the foundation, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management were signed today. They affect 174 thousand acres west of Pinedale, Wyoming. The foundation will serve as a contractor and arrange habitat work with forest restoration and timber companies as subcontractors. Conservation organizations also will help.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming was selected to join a multi state effort to get high school students to take tougher classes. This means the state gets 300 thousand dollars per year for the program. University of Wyoming Vice President Rollin Abernathy says the state is fortunate to be able to participate. He says a rigorous high school experience is proven to help students succeed in college.