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Mead Says State Needs to Focus on Water Supply

October 31, 2014 State of Wyoming No Comments

Gov. Matt Mead says the state needs to focus on how to develop, conserve and manage its water supply. At this week’s Wyoming Water Association meeting in Casper, Mead said and the state may need to expand existing reservoirs or build new ones. Mead told the Star-Tribune state officials could have a formal water plan in the next few months

App for Designated Driver

October 30, 2014 State of Wyoming No Comments

If you’ve ever found yourself in need of a designated driver, help is now as close as your cell phone. Drive Sober Wyoming, an initiative by the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving, wants to to reduce the number of impaired drivers. They have created a mobile app that includes quick access to texting, or calling a friend for a ride, plus a list of companies that can provide a safe ride home. The app also includes information aboutWyoming laws and penalties for driving under the influence as well as information on the real cost of a DUI.

Wyoming League of Women Voters Offering Help on Voting

October 29, 2014 State of Wyoming No Comments

The Wyoming League of Women Voters is offering help for those may be confused on how to vote on judicial retentions in next week’s election. The group’s website has a map of judicial districts and which judges are on the ballot to be retained. It also includes links to the judge’s score from the state bar association. VisitWyomingLWV.org for more information

Wyoming Has Best Business Tax System

October 29, 2014 State of Wyoming No Comments

Wyoming has the best business tax system in the country, according to a new index. The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index compares states’ tax systems. Wyoming, Nevada and South Dakota ranked high because they have nocorporate or individual income tax. Montana came in at number six. Idaho came in at number 19

Two Weeks Left to Vote By Absentee Ballot

October 24, 2014 State of Wyoming No Comments

The Wyoming Secretary of State says with less than two weeks left to vote by absentee ballot, more than 12,000 people across the state have already cast their ballots. That accounts for nearly 5 percent of all registered voters. Secretary of State Max Maxfield says county clerks received more than 23,000 requests for absentee ballots and more than half of those have been returned. Absentee voting for the General Election ends on November 3, the day before the General Election. Registered voters can request an absentee ballot by contacting their county clerk

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 Comments Off

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 Comments Off

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.

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  • Windy In Eastern Wyoming, Otherwise, Pleasant Halloween Weather - October 31, 2014
    A ridge of high pressure will slowly move east today.  This will keep skies sunny to mostly sunny and conditions mainly dry across much of the state today.  Winds, however, will be strong and gusty across eastern Wyoming with gusts between 40 and 50 mph.  Temperatures across western Wyoming will stay very mild and above […]
  • Goose hunters will always have a Halloween costume - October 31, 2014
    Thank goodness for non-hunting spouses. If it weren’t for our better halves, most of us who hunt would be completely unprepared for fall holidays. Halloween is certainly one of the days that would be far less exciting if there weren’t people in our households who think about other things besides late-season deer, ducks, geese, pheasants […]
  • Cool With Mainly Quiet Weather Conditions Today - October 30, 2014
    Weather concerns across the state will be very minimal today.  Expect sunny to mostly sunny skies, mainly dry weather conditions, and light to breezy winds.  Temperatures will be a touch cooler today due to a weak cool front that will be brushing by northern and eastern parts of the state.  Daytime highs will be in […]
  • Be ready for bumps, scrapes, cuts and more - October 30, 2014
    Being prepared for the worst is never a bad idea. However, if you carry everything you might need for any emergency, you won’t have room for your tent or sleeping bag. A first aid kit needs to be light and compact, or it’ll be one of the first things you toss out of the pack […]

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