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Submitted by Newsroom on October 5, 2012 – 7:04 amNo Comment

ENERGY RANKING

Wyoming ranks low in energy efficiency efforts

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A recent study says Wyoming is among the least energy-efficient states in the nation. The study ranks Wyoming 48th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia. It was released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The council maintains it seeks to advance energy efficiency policies and programs. Only West Virginia, North Dakota and Mississippi ranked lower.

Wyoming ranked poorly on energy efficient transportation policy and appliance efficiency standards. Ben Avery of the Wyoming Business Council says Wyoming was penalized by the group for not mandating energy efficiency programs and standards. He says Wyoming prefers to educate rather than mandate such things.

From information provided by The Associated Press

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

Wyo. jobless rate rises to 5.7 percent in August

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – As reported earlier, Fremont County posted the highest unemployment rate in the state in August at 6.6 percent, that’s just about 1 point above the unemployment rate for the state of 5.7 percent.

According to the Department of Workforce Services, the state’s unemployment rate increased by only a tenth of a percent from July to August, and is not a statistically significant change. However, it was the third consecutive month that the jobless rate has gone up in Wyoming.

Still, the rate is lower than it was a year ago and remains below the U.S. rate of 8.1 percent.

Lincoln County landed right behind Fremont by two tenths for the highest unemployment rate in August at 6.4 percent, followed by Big Horn at 6.1 and Laramie at 5.9.

The lowest unemployment rate for August was in Sublette. That county posted a rate of 3.5 percent, with Teton right behind at 4.1 and Niobrara and Converse counties both at 4.2 percent. 

SLED DOG RACE

Wyo. sled dog race expands to Mont., Idaho, Utah

JACKSON, Wyo. — Wyoming’s week-long International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race that starts each year in Jackson Hole and runs through Lander in Fremont County is including parts of Montana and Idaho on its course this year.

Race co-founder Frank Teasley said Thursday the 2013 race will start from its usual spot in Jackson, then along with running through the bordering states already mentioned, will dip down into Utah before finishing back in southwestern Wyoming.

Teasley helped to start the race in 1996 to showcase the state and make sled dog racing more accessible to the public. This year’s race is scheduled to run from Jan. 25 to Feb. 2.

YELLOWSTONE-POACHING

Yellowstone seeks public’s finding poacher

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – In Yellowstone National Park, rangers are looking for the person who illegally retrieved a bull elk carcass from inside the park last month. In a statement released Thursday, park rangers said the bull was shot sometime between Sept. 11 and Sept. 21 on the south side of the park along Thorofare Creek, behind the Wyoming Fish and Game patrol cabin. Hunting is banned within the park and removal of animals is not allowed.

FIRE UPDATE

High mountain wildfire continues to burn

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

FORT WASHAKIE, Wyo. — Now here’s the update on the Alpine Lake Fire burning in the Wind River Mountains above Fort Washakie on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Spokesman Karl Brauneis of the Wind River Agency managing the wildfire said Thursday there were 27 fire-fighters still managing the fire. He said they’d continue monitoring and suppressing the fire at management actions points until a significant amount of moisture arrives.

We hope to have a more detailed report after talking with Brauneis later today.

EXHIBIT

Exhibit captures rare glimpses of wildlife

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen 

RIVERTON, Wyo. – Rare glimpses of animals will be on exhibit this month in Riverton. The photos by Wyoming-born nature photographer Jim Brown will be on display starting Wednesday and stay up until mid November at the Arts Center Gallery on the Central Wyoming College campus.

Swift Fox - By Jim Brown

The photographer said he took his first pictures when he was 11 years old after receiving a Kodak Browning camera for his birthday. He said he’s been studying nature and photography ever since and is known to have captured some spectacular images of Wyoming wildlife as well as western scenery.

He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an animal damage control specialist and studied under some of the top men in the field on wildlife behavior.

“Now I continue to pursue the nature I love,” he said, “and extend my knowledge in the art of photography.”

The photographer will be honored during an opening reception in the gallery on Oct. 12. That’s scheduled for 6:30-8:30 that night and the public is welcome to attend. The gallery is open during regular college business hours.

From information provided by Central Wyoming College

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