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Child Poverty Rate Increases in Wyoming

April 4, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

A new study finds the number of Wyoming children living in poverty is increasing. The Annie E. Casey Foundation reports on milestones of children’s well being including: health, neighborhoods and education using stats from the Census Bureau. The study found 17 percent of Wyoming kids were living in poverty as of 2012, that is a five percent increase since 2008. The study also finds the majority of children in the United States will be from minority races by 2018. #Neal

 

Search Continues for Benzene in Wyoming Wells

April 3, 2014 State of Wyoming, Teton County Comments Off

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is testing private wells in Hoback this week to find if benzene, the chemical detected in Hoback Market’s well, is found in others nearby. Hoback Market’s tap water had 60 times the maximum amount of benzene allowed when it was tested in March. Benzene is a compound found in gasoline and other sources that can cause anemia and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Wyoming Challenges EPA on Regional Haze in 10th Circuit

April 2, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

Governor Matt Mead asked the Attorney General to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reject part of the state’s plan to reduce regional haze. Wyoming filed suit in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to pursue it. Wyoming utilities have already spent millions upgrading power plants to reduce emissions

Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Resigns

April 2, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

State Supervisor for the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Grant Black, resigned from his position Monday after being there for less than a year. Lead petroleum engineer Mark Watson is taking his place for the time being. Governor Matt Mead says all of the commissions projects will move forward as planned

Wyoming One of the Most Dependent States on Federal Tax Money

April 2, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

A new study ranks Wyoming 43rd for the amount of federal dollars it receives meaning it is one of the nation’s most dependent states on federal government money. Wyoming received $1.30 from the federal government for every dollar they paid in taxes from 2007-2009. Mississippi and New York are the most dependent states and Delaware is the least.

 

Earthquake Rocks Yellowstone

April 1, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming Comments Off

A 4.8 earthquake hit Yellowstone National Park Sunday morning, four miles north of the Norris Geyser Basin. The quake was felt 20 miles away in West Yellowstone. The University of Utah Seismograph Station reports 25 quakes have been recorded in Yellowstone since Thursday. This was the biggest quake recorded since 1980.

Wyoming Unemployment Lowest in Over Five Years

April 1, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

Wyoming’s statewide unemployment is lower than it has been in the past five years. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.3 percent to 4.2 in February. That’s the lowest it’s been since the rate hit 3.9 percent in December 2008

Yellowstone Feels Biggest Earthquake Since 1980

March 31, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming Comments Off

It was a 4.8 earthquake that hit Yellowstone National Park Sunday. The quake hit at 6:34 am four miles north of the Norris Geyser Basin. The quake was felt 20 miles away in West Yellowstone. The University of Utah Seismograph Station reports 25 quakes have been recorded in Yellowstone since Thursday. This was the biggest quake recorded since 1980.

 

State concedes most of Hill bill unconstitutional

March 28, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

Wyoming state lawyers are saying the bill stripping most duties from the superintendent of public instruction is unconstitutional. The state attorney general’s office asked a district court judge to uphold five minor parts of the law on Monday. The state said moving power from Superintendent Cindy Hill to a Department of Education director should be ruled unconstitutional. Hill sued the state after the law went into effect last year. The Supreme Court ruled in January lawmakers overstepped their authority in passing the legislation. The court later refused to reconsider the case.

State Board of Education Struggles to Adopt New Science Standards

March 27, 2014 State of Wyoming Comments Off

The State Board of Education doesn’t know what to do now that lawmakers have tried to block them from adopting new national science standards for Wyoming’s schools. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle says the board met Monday and by one vote, members decided not to keep trying for a new set of standards. Members said restarting the process would only slow the adoption of new science standards

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  • 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 […]
  • Estimating range on waterfowl is easy - October 22, 2014
    If you’ve done any goose hunting, you’ve probably heard the term “skybusting.” You may know it means shooting at birds that are out of your shotgun’s effective range, but do you know if you’re guilty of it? You can set up your decoys to minimize the risk of shooting at birds when they’re too far […]
  • Don’t lose your vision in the woods - October 21, 2014
    I don’t have good eyes. Had I been born a hundred years ago, there would have been no help for me. Glasses can’t help me, so I’d have blind. I have to wear a special kind of contact lens, which wasn’t available in the days of Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone. But through the miracle […]
  • Hunters must be conservationists first - October 20, 2014
    As hunters, it’s our responsibility to take care of the critters we hunt, as well as those we don’t. We have to obey the game laws. Police ourselves to be sure others respect the wildlife. And even offer suggestions to the Game and Fish Commission when we think there are better ways to ensure that […]

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