Laramie, WY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn two parcels of land from a planned energy lease sale in response to concerns from the state game and fish department. The two parcels are north of Daniel, in western Wyoming. The game and fish department says they include important wildlife migration routes. Gregg Arthur is deputy director of the game department. He wrote to the BLM last month saying that oil and gas development on the parcels would restrict the movement of mule deer and antelope. He
Laramie, WY – A University of Wyoming study says that the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars in Laramie that took effect in April 2005 hasn't hurt business revenues. The Wyoming survey and Analysis Center is a research unit of U.W. It conducted a study of what businesses in Albany County paid in sales tax from July 2003 through August 2006. Mark McNulty is senior research scientist at the center. He says the study found no change in business revenues after the smoking ban took effect. The study factored in inflation, seasonality and overall
Laramie, WY – Kathy Emmons announced today (Thursday) she will resign as head of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services effective January 15th. Emmons has been in the job since March 2002. She gave no reason for why she was leaving -- saying she wasn't sure what her next career opportunity will be. In the statement, Governor Freudenthal thanked Emmons for her work and her leadership on issues ranging from quality childcare to workforce training. In the coming weeks, a nominee to replace Emmons will be named and the confirmation process will start.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Cowboys baskettball team continued their four game winning streak with a 91-59 victory over the Denver Pioneers Wednesday night. Junior guard Brad Jones led the way, scoring 24 points. The Cowboys led by as many as 33 points in the second half. Head Coach Steve McClains says their defensive game earned the win. The Cowboys have their biggest test of the season Saturday against tenth-ranked Wichita State at the Wyoming Shootout in Casper.