Archives for March 2016

New tourism website

The Wyoming Office of Tourism has officially announced the launch of their new website, Travel-Wyoming-dot-com. The new website will slowly replace WyomingTourism-dot-org as the two sites will work in parallel until sometime in June when the transfer of content to the new site will be completed. Travel-Wyoming-dot-com is being launched in coordination with the tourism office’s “That’s WY” campaign.

Winter Storm Troy

Winter Storm Troy is bringing additional snow to parts of the northern Great Lakes today after dumping feet of snow on the Rockies. In Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada, a few locations saw snowfall totals of more than 2 feet. The combination of snow and wind from Troy forced the closure of a large part of Interstate 80 in Wyoming on Wednesday. The top snowfall totals in Wyoming were 28-point-two inches six miles south of Lander and up to 24 inches south of Glenrock.

Winter Storm Troy

The early-spring snowstorm known as Winter Storm Troy is sweeping across the Rockies, bringing more than a foot of snow and travel problems. With the exception of cities where snow plows were available in large numbers, WYDOT says the nearly the entire stretch of I-80 was closed today from Cheyenne to the Utah state line. Several other highways were closed in central and southern Wyoming as the snowfall increased in intensity Wednesday. Many schools and businesses were closed Wednesday.

WY gender pay gap

Wyoming women wanting to be paid fairly for their skills may want to consider relocating. The most recent stats from the U.S. Census Bureau show that women still only earn 79 cents on the dollar compared to men doing the same job, but that amount changes from state to state. Louisiana, Utah and Wyoming are the worst, paying women less than 70-percent of what men are paid, while Washington D.C. and New York are the best, paying women 90-percent of men’s wages.

Energy prices dampen state economy

A new state report shows sales and use tax collections across Wyoming for the first eight months of Fiscal Year 2016 are down by 19.9 percent compared to the same time a year ago. The decline amounts to $114.9 million statewide.
The official word comes from Jim Robinson, Principal Economist with the state’s Economic Analysis Division, who says lagging energy prices continue to put a damper on the state economy.
Fiscal Year 2016 started on July 1, 2015 and runs through June 30, 2016

Cowboy Draw jackpot grows

There was no big winner in WyoLotto’s Cowboy Draw game on Monday, so the jackpot for the next drawing on Thursday moves up to 810-thousand dollars.

HS grad rates

High school graduation rates in Wyoming continue to increase. According to the Wyoming Department of Education, the state-wide graduation rate was 79-point-four percent for the 2014-15 school year, up from 78-point-six percent the year before and 77-point-five percent the year before that.

Mead visits Afghanistan

The governor’s office has announced that Matt Mead recently traveled to Afghanistan along with the governors of Virginia and Mississippi to visit with deployed troops there. Mead said–quote–“All of Wyoming should be extremely proud of the service and sacrifice of the Guard members.” The trip took place March 16th through the 20th. Details were kept confidential for the safety of the governors and the troops until after the return.

WyoLotto news

WyoLotto’s Cowboy Draw jackpot has rolled over again. There was no big winner Thursday, which means the jackpot for next Monday’s drawing will be 770-thousand dollars. Meanwhile, WyoLotto reports that a five-million dollar MegaMillions ticket purchased in Evansville one month ago has yet to be turned in.

WY unemployment up

The state’s unemployment rate went up last month by three-tenths of one percent. It was at four-point-seven percent in February and increased to five percent even in February. That puts Wyoming’s jobless rate above the national figure, which is four-point-nine percent. That’s the first time that’s happened in 16 years.