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Internet Has Come A Long Way in Wyoming

October 23, 2014 State of Wyoming No Comments

Internet access and speed in Wyoming has come a long way in recent years but more needs to be done to prepare for the future. At the third annual Wyoming Broadband Summit Tuesday, Gov. Matt Mead said the state has expanded Ethernet speeds from two counties in 2011 to all 23 today. He said residents are also benefiting from the Wyoming Unified Network which will connect broadband infrastructure across the state for schools and state agencies. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that more than half of the state’s school districts have already hooked up to the high-speed network

Same Sex Marriage Now Allowed

October 22, 2014 State of Wyoming No Comments

Same-sex couples can now be married in Wyoming. On Tuesday, attorneys for the state said they would not challenge the decision of a federal judge who struck down Wyoming’s law which defined marriage as between one man and one woman.  The Associated Press reports there haven’t been many weddings as of yet. A study released last month found there were only about 700 same-sex couples in the state.

Wyoming Medicare Recipients Pay Less

October 21, 2014 State of Wyoming No Comments

People in Wyoming on Medicare are set to pay $1.5 million less than expected for health care next year. Federal officials tell the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle that the Affordable Care Act has slowed the growth of health-care costs for those on Medicare in Wyoming. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the act helped save Medicare recipients in Wyoming nearly $17 million on prescription drugs this year.

Heroin Overdoses Are Up

October 17, 2014 State of Wyoming No Comments

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation says fatal heroin overdoses are up in the state. Officials tell the Associated Press there have been seven deaths so far this year. There were six in 2013 and two in 2012. Kebin Haller, deputy director of operations for the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, says the heroin situation is “alarming.”

Decision on Gay Marriage Scheduled for Monday

October 17, 2014 State of Wyoming No Comments

A decision is scheduled for Monday on the future of gay marriage in Wyoming. At a hearing on Thursday in Casper, a federal judge heard arguments from four same-sex couples arguing the state should stop enforcing its ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said he will release his decision by 5 pm on Monday.

Gay Marriage Included in Debate

October 10, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

Four gubernatorial candidates debated the future of Wyoming Thursday night. One topic at the debate at Casper College was whether the candidates support gay marriage. Gov. Matt Mead, who is seeking re-election, and Independent Don Wills said they oppose it. Democrat Pete Gosar and Libertarian Dee Cozzens said they support it. The election will be held Nov. 4

Wyoming Officials Defend Gay Marriage Ban

October 9, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

Wyoming officials will continue to defend a state ban on gay marriage. Gov. Matt Mead tells the Associated Press he does not have the authority to void the state’s constitution which says marriage is between one man and one woman. Four same-sex couples have filed suit against the state seeking to marry immediately

Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

October 9, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

A man from Canada was killed in a motorcycle crash near Afton Saturday. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 45-year-old Craig E. Shymko was attempting to pass a pickup but because the truck’s rear lights were obscured with mud he didn’t see it was signaling to turn. He laid his bike on its side and crashed into the truck. Shymko died at the scene.  Police remind drivers to clean mud and snow off the lights on their vehicles as winter approaches

Wyoming Equality Suing

October 7, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

The U.S. Supreme Court’s failure to hear appeals from five states on same-sex marriages will not have an immediate effect on Wyoming. But the state has a December court date on the issue and experts say that could pave the way for gay marriages in the Cowboy State as early as the end of the year. A group called Wyoming Equality and three same-sex couples are suing the state. They have a hearing in a Laramie County Court Dec. 15. The country’s high court declined to hear appeals from Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin, which immediately allowed same-sex marriages in those states

Wyoming Wages Above National Average

October 6, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

Workers in Wyoming have the seventh highest income per capita in the country. The Casper-Star Tribune reports Wyoming’s average wages were $52,826 in 2013. Wyoming’s wages were more than $8,000 above the national average


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  • A hunt with no disasters isn’t as much fun - October 24, 2014
    Not long ago, I saw a message on one of the hunting blogs I like to read. The writer wanted hunters to send in accounts of disasters they’d had in the field. I bet he got swamped with emails. Every hunter I know has had at least one calamity in the woods. If you hunt, […]
  • Windy At Times Today, Unseasonably Mild Through Saturday - October 23, 2014
    As high pressure strengthens, warmer air from southwestern portions of the nation will move into the region today.  Conditions will also stay mainly dry throughout much of the state, but winds will be strong and gusty.  Parts of I-25 (Colorado state line to Casper) and I-80 (Cheyenne to Rawlins) could see gusting as high as […]
  • My new used truck may be the death of me - October 23, 2014
    Not long ago, I brought home a 1994 Ford F-250. It’s not much to look at, but it’s even worse to drive. About the only things it has going for it are that it’s mechanically sound, and it’s technically a vehicle. I’ve named it Clunk, for good reason. When you shift it into either drive […]
  • Quiet, Seasonal Weather Expected Today - October 22, 2014
    High pressure will build over the state of Wyoming today, which will keep skies sunny to mostly sunny and conditions mainly dry.  Winds, however, could be strong and gusty today, especially throughout central and southeastern portions of the state.  Parts of I-80 (Cheyenne to Rawlins) and I-25 (Colorado state line to Casper) could see winds […]

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