The Wyoming Lottery sold almost $200,000 in Powerball and Mega Millions tickets in their opening day. Local News 8 says 67-year-old grandmother and promotional contest winner Mary Ogg bought the first ticket starting the lottery frenzy. The Wyoming Lottery Corporation says Powerball ticket sales jumped to more than $130,000 and Mega Millions rose to $68,000 from noon to midnight on Sunday
Local News 8 says ten demonstrators gathered outside the Federal Reserve Conference in Jackson carrying posters and wearing green t-shirts saying “What recovery?” The demonstrators say they came from New York, Missouri, Minnesota and other areas to raise awareness about people who still can’t find jobs after the economic recovery. Security guards hovered close by as one demonstrator stopped and spoke with Federal Chair Janet Yellen before the opening reception
Economists are keeping an eye on Jackson today where Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will give a speech on the outlook of the US economy. Her speech is a much-anticipated part of the economic conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve and held every August in Jackson
The Bureau of Reclamation reduced the water in the Snake River by 15 percent at Jackson Lake Dam this weekend. Jackson Hole Daily says the Bureau dropped the levels from 2,400 cubic feet per second to 2,000 over the weekend. Upper Snake Water Operations Manager Mike Boyce says the decision to drop water levels is probably because of recent rain. Jackson Lake was 87 percent full and Palisades Reservoir 55 percent this Monday
Voters from across the state are heading to the polls today to choose which political parties will represent them in the general election. Voters are also selecting which special tax projects they want to pay for. Citizens need a Social Security number and driver’s license to vote at one of the 17 locations. Jackson Hole Daily says the polls will stay open until 7 o’clock tonight
Jackson Hole Daily says areas of northwest Wyoming are just as dangerous for potential large earthquakes as anywhere in the nation according to a U.S. Geological Survey. University of Utah geophysicist Bob Smith says it’s no surprise the area is seismically active, but the new survey shows its more dangerous that we knew. Smith says the area is well above a normal earthquake hazard and all the new roads and dams are at high risk.
Americans are going hungry in the same towns where most of the country’s food is growing. More than 14 percent of rural households are receiving food stamps or SNAP benefits compared to urban households at 11. There are about 34,000 people in Wyoming who use SNAP which averages out to about $125 a month. One out of every nine rural households has a SNAP recipient under 18-years-old or over 60.
Wyoming’s congressional trio is putting major pressure on the Grand Teton National Park Service to account for all the money they’ve spent on studying the Moose-Wilson Road. U.S Representative Cynthia Lummis and U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso are asking how the Park Service is spending taxpayer dollars. Jackson Hole Daily says the Park Service hasn’t responded about their several-year study deciding whether the road should be a one way or two way
A Wyoming man and woman are facing felony charges for allegedly keeping the woman’s 7-year-old son in an outdoor cage several times over three weeks forcing the child to sleep outside even during rainstorms. ABC News says deputies went to the property and found a cage made of wood and metal about five feet tall and six feet wide with a cot, toothbrush and bucket inside. The Laramie Boomerang says the man and woman are each facing one count of child abuse and three counts of felony restraint
A real estate blog called Movato created an interactive map of the U.S. with the wealthiest person in each state and Christy Walton is officially the richest woman in Wyoming. She inherited $18.2 billion in 2005 from her late husband John Walton of Wal-Mart. Movoto says Christy is worth $37.9 billion
Mild With Increasing Winds Today, Colder And More Unsettled This Weekend - November 21, 2014 High pressure will slowly slide east today, which will cause winds to increase and become strong by this afternoon and evening. Expect wind gusts between 35 and 50 mph throughout central and southeastern Wyoming. Otherwise, we will see sunny to mostly sunny skies, mainly dry weather conditions, and near or slightly above normal temperatures. Daytime […]
Shouldn’t my dogs be KEEPING their hair now? - November 21, 2014 I don’t understand why it’s happening now, when the temperatures are dropping well below zero, but my golden retriever’s blowing her coat. In a big way. And it’s not just her. Our collie’s doing the same thing, and to a much bigger degree. At least the golden has some abilities that allow me to overlook […]
Cool And Still Breezy At Times - November 20, 2014 High pressure will be the main weather feature across much of the state today. Expect partly to mostly sunny skies, mainly dry weather conditions, and near or slightly above normal temperatures. Winds, however, could still be breezy to gusty at times. Expect gusting between 35 and 50 mph across central and southeastern Wyoming this morning […]
Don’t commercialize hunting - November 20, 2014 The state of New Jersey is dealing with a huge whitetail deer overpopulation problem. To get more people to get out and hunt those deer, and hopefully bring the population down to a more manageable level, the state is toying with the idea of allowing the commercial sale of meat from wild deer. It’s a […]