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Wyoming forecasts revenues flattening out

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has been spared many of the budget woes affecting other states but that may be ending soon.

A panel that forecasts Wyoming’s future revenues is predicting the state will see its revenues flatten out or possibly decrease a little in the coming years.

Gov. Matt Mead

Gov. Matt Mead says the days of big revenue spikes that the state has enjoyed in some years thanks to oil and gas development are likely over and the state needs to live within its means.

He says he will work with the state Legislature as it crafts a new state budget early next year.

Republican Sen. Phil Nicholas, of Laramie, is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Nicholas says he’s worried whether the state can sustain just its cost-of-living increases in the coming years.


TIC Wyoming to pay $135,000 to settle lawsuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A construction company in Wyoming has agreed to pay $135,000 as part of a settlement of a discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The commission said Monday that TIC The Industrial Company Wyoming Inc. also agreed, among other things, to provide employees with training on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The agency had alleged the Casper, Wyo.-based company fired millwright Matthew Gilkey in 2006 because of his physical impairments, which included a leg amputation. It alleged TIC Wyoming wouldn’t let Gilkey return to work unless he provided medical documentation that he could perform his job without medical restrictions, and that the company failed to engage Gilkey in good-faith discussions about accommodations he had requested.

The company said Monday it’s confident it didn’t violate the law, but it entered the settlement to bring closure to the case.


Wyo. group seeks to reopen Antelope Butte Ski Area

Efforts are being made to revitalize a shuttered downhill ski resort in northern Wyoming.

The Antelope Butte Foundation is a newly organized nonprofit group hoping to raise enough money to resurrect the ski area by the same name.

Antelope Butte Ski Area is located on roughly 500 acres about an hour southwest of Sheridan in the Bighorn Mountains.

The mountain’s two chairlifts, tow rope, lodge, maintenance building and garage have been unused since the ski area’s permit was terminated in 2005. The mountain gave skiers and snowboarders access to 1,000 feet of vertical drop and 19 runs.

Supporters of reopening the ski area say it will cost $1 million or more to get it back up and running.


Hope in Jackson for ski season bookings

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — It’s still early, but travel industry officials in Jackson Hole are reporting an increase in people reserving rooms for the upcoming ski season.

The most recent data released by the Mountain Travel Research Program indicates that skiers and snowboarders are continuing to book for the coming season at a steady pace.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort President Jerry Blann says his company and Jackson Hole Central Reservations have seen a 5 percent increase in bookings over this time last year.

But Blann says the increase is based on just a few customers reserving rooms.

He says he’s hesitant to be very optimistic until the snow starts to fall and phones start to ring at the resort.


Wyoming looks to Sickles and Freeze for leadership

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — On a team loaded with freshmen and sophomores, juniors Ashley Sickles and Brenna Freeze have become the elder statesmen on the Wyoming Cowgirls basketball team.

The Cowgirls lost four starting seniors to graduation from last year’s squad.

Sickles and Freeze have been in the program for four years now. Both sat out their sophomore seasons due to injuries.

UW coach Joe Legerski says that while leadership roles can’t be simply assigned, he’s confident players like Sickles and Freeze will step forward this season.

Of the two, Sickles has seen far more time on the court than Freeze.

Sickles says she feels she’s ready to take on the challenge of being one of the Cowgirls’ top offensive threats.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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