Wyoming Q2 2023 Economic Report
The recently released Wyoming Economic Summary report for the second quarter of 2023 provides a comprehensive overview of the state's economic performance, set against the backdrop of global economic trends. Here's an in-depth analysis of the key findings:
A 24-Year-Old, Went for a Jog in Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest on July 24, 1997 and Disappeared
The Mysterious Disappearance of Amy Bechtel: Suspicion and Heartbreak in Wyoming's Wilderness. Amidst the expansive vistas of Wyoming lies the Shoshone National Forest, renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty. It was here, surrounded by majestic trees and rugged terrain, that a 24-year-old passionate runner named Amy Bechtel disappeared under suspicious circumstances in 1997.
Plan Your Dream Escape: Jackson Hole, Wyoming Vacation Rentals Await
Curled between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range lies an outstanding heaven that seems almost too good to be true. This is Jackson Hole, Wyoming - an outdoor lover's paradise boasting stunning natural landscapes, endless recreational activities, and a charming Western atmosphere. If you're looking to plan a dream vacation filled with breathtaking views, memorable adventures, and top-notch amenities, thenJackson Hole, WY, vacation rentals are calling your name.
Jackson, Wyoming: The New Epicenter for Clean Energy Investment?
Nestled amidst abundant natural resources and home to some of the nation's wealthiest residents, Jackson, Wyoming, is poised to become a focal point for clean energy investment, thanks to the Biden administration's green energy incentives.
Rocky Mountain Power's Proposed Rate Hike Faces Unanimous Opposition
Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) and its parent company, PacifiCorps, are facing unanimous opposition from politicians and residents regarding their proposed rate hike of nearly 30% for Wyoming energy consumers. The state commission responsible for oversight is being urged to reject this proposal.
Converse County GOP Censures Rep. Chadwick
The Converse County Republican Party is currently in a state of internal debate over a proposed resolution to censure Rep. Forrest Chadwick (R-Evansville/Glenrock/Rolling Hills) due to disagreements over his voting record. The central committee, which is responsible for this decision, consists of county party officers and committee members from the county's 19 precincts.
The Bureau of Land Management's Controversial Draft Plan for Wyoming
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) draft proposal for managing approximately 3.6 million acres of federal land in southwest Wyoming has stirred significant debate and concern. The plan, which took over a decade to formulate, has been met with sharp criticism from various quarters.
My Week at Wyoming Whiskey: Tales of Horses, Whiskey & the Grand Tetons
We have all heard of Southern hospitality, but let me tell you that Western hospitality is just as lovely and comes with mountain views, wild animals and a lot of meat. One of the perks of working in the bourbon industry is that you are occasionally invited to releases and events. Living and working in Kentucky, these events are typically in-state and do not require significant travel or an overnight stay. But sometimes, out-of-state distilleries invite you to an event that you cannot decline. This invite is exactly what happened when Wyoming Whiskey asked yours truly out to Jackson, Wyoming, for the distiller’s release of its National Parks No. 3 and The Grand bourbon whiskies last week.
Growing Conservation Education in Wyoming
In a recent collaborative effort, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, led by Director Brian Nesvik, teamed up with Superintendent of Public Instruction Megan Degenfelder and Governor Mark Gordon to launch an initiative aimed at enhancing conservation education for the youth of Wyoming. This initiative falls under the broader "Inspire a Kid" campaign by Game and Fish.
Wyoming Reduces Gas Rates for Black Hills Energy Customers
The Wyoming Public Service Commission (WPSC) has recently endorsed a proposal by Black Hills Wyoming Gas, LLC, also known as Black Hills Energy (BHWG), to reduce wholesale gas costs. This decision, effective from September 1, 2023, will see a rate decrease of $0.1104 per therm for non-Choice Gas customers.
UserEvidence, a Wyoming-Based Startup Revolutionizing Customer Testimonials for B2B Software Vendors
In the competitive landscape of business-to-business (B2B) software solutions, customer testimonials and success stories play a pivotal role in influencing potential clients. Prospective customers often seek validation from peers who have reaped benefits from a particular product or service. However, for many small to medium-sized enterprises, generating these success stories can be a daunting task due to limited in-house content creation resources.
Wyoming's West Fork Dam Project Faces Increased Scrutiny and Costs
The proposed West Fork Dam in Carbon County's Little Snake River Valley has become a focal point of debate and scrutiny. Last month, a legislative committee, in a divided decision, approved an additional $613,685 for further study of the dam's potential impacts. This decision marks a 50% increase in the contract cost for the analysis, taking the total from nearly $1.2 million to around $1.8 million. The Wyoming Water Development Commission will recoup half of these study costs through a grant obtained by two irrigation districts. Initial estimates from 2017 projected the dam's total cost at $80 million.
Wyoming Transportation Commission Allocates Over $54.6 Million for Key Infrastructure Projects
The Wyoming Transportation Commission recently sanctioned contracts totaling over $54.6 million for six pivotal construction projects under the Wyoming Department of Transportation, as revealed in a recent press statement. Among the beneficiaries, Cheyenne's Reiman Corp. secured a substantial contract worth nearly $10.4 million. Their assignment encompasses a comprehensive bridge overhaul on County Road 22-10 over the Snake River, which includes tasks like bridge demolition, replacement, grading, traffic management, and utility conduit operations. The project is expected to conclude by June 30, 2025.
Gas Prices in Wyoming: An Overview
In the past week, Wyoming has witnessed a decline in its average gasoline prices by 5.6 cents, settling at $3.88/g, as per the survey conducted by GasBuddy across 494 stations in the state. When compared to the previous month, the prices remain consistent, but they are 5.6 cents higher than the rates from a year ago. On a national scale, diesel prices have surged by 9.9 cents in the past week, reaching an average of $4.53/g.
Hope in Teton Valley: Wyoming's Immigrant Advocacy
In the serene setting of Teton Valley, Cristy Liaw Gabel, originally from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, converses with her young son in her native tongue, Indonesian. Her journey in the Tetons mirrors that of many immigrants who initially planned a short stay but ended up making it their permanent home. "I thought I'd be here for just a year," she reminisced, "but 16 years on, this is home."
Wyoming Police Investigate Marquette Street SW Shooting
In a recent incident, the Wyoming police reported an ongoing investigation into a shooting that occurred on Sunday night. The event transpired on the 1200 block of Marquette Street SW, as confirmed by the Wyoming Department of Public Safety.
Wyoming's Construction Woes: Recruiting a New Generation
Wyoming, known as the Cowboy State, is currently facing a pivotal moment in its construction industry. The challenge lies in the transfer of knowledge and skills to the upcoming generation. While the shortage of construction laborers and trade professionals is a nationwide concern, specific conditions in Wyoming intensify the urgency to attract and retain fresh talent.
Wyoming Whiskey introduces National Parks No. 3 and The Grand limited-edition bourbons
Wyoming Whiskey announces the release of National Parks No. 3 and The Grand bourbon whiskies, marking the third iteration of its National Parks collection. The distinct Fall 2023 bourbon releases will pay tribute to Grand Teton National Park and support the park’s philanthropic partner, Grand Teton National Park Foundation (GTNPF), in their continued efforts to preserve natural and cultural resources and enhance the national park experience for generations to come.
Mayor Knell Resigns After Domestic Violence Allegations
In a sudden turn of events, Casper's Mayor, Bruce Knell, has resigned from his position following allegations of domestic violence that surfaced this past Wednesday. Despite vehemently denying the claims, the situation has cast a shadow over his tenure and drawn significant media attention.
Mystery of Missing Worland Woman Deepens
The Washakie County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Breanna Chelsey Mitchell, a 29-year-old woman from Worland, remains missing since her reported disappearance on July 22, 2023. The case has garnered significant attention, with the Wyoming Missing Persons website featuring a detailed description of Mitchell, urging anyone with information to come forward.