Worland News 6-12-18

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Summer is here, and many boaters are enjoying Wyoming’s waters. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department hopes you have fun on the water this summer and reminds all boaters to be prepared and be sure watercraft is outfitted with the required safety equipment.
“We want all boaters to safely enjoy Wyoming’s waters. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a life jacket for all of the passengers in your boat. It is the law and it is a practice that saves lives.” End quote said Aaron Kerr, Game and Fish watercraft safety program coordinator
Boaters are required to have a personal flotation device (life jacket) available for each individual on board. Life jackets must be properly-sized, U.S. Coast Guard approved, and in good condition. They cannot be waterlogged, torn or have straps broken or missing. Life jackets also need to be readily accessible to the passengers on board. Children 12 years old and under are required to wear a life jacket while the boat is underway unless they are inside an enclosed cabin. Anyone being towed by a boat or riding on a personal watercraft (jet ski) is required to wear a life jacket as well.
“Simply put-life jackets save lives, when they are worn“Following the safety rules while boating helps ensure that everyone has fun on the water.” End quote said Kerr.

Candidates for Wyoming governor disagree whether Wyoming is doing enough to encourage high-speed internet and other technology.
Democrat Mary Throne says businesses large and small in Wyoming struggle with slow internet. She said at a candidate forum Monday in Cheyenne that Wyoming’s leaders are behind the times when it comes to encouraging technology that can help entrepreneurs.
Republican Sam Galeotos disagreed, saying a Cheyenne-based tech company where he’s executive chairman is creating 100 jobs in Cheyenne. Galeotos says the biggest concern at Green House Data is finding enough qualified employees.
Republican Foster Friess compared internet access in rural Wyoming to the South getting air conditioning generations ago, saying it will be equally important.
Republicans Bill Dahlin, Harriet Hageman and Taylor Haynes also participated in the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce forum.

With teens obtaining driver’s licenses during the summer more than any other season and an average of six teens dying every day from motor vehicle injuries, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Teen Drivers.

In order to determine the safest and least costly driving environments for U.S. teenagers, WalletHub compared the 50 states based on 23 key metrics. The data set ranges from number of teen driver fatalities to average cost of car repairs to presence of impaired-driving laws.
Wyoming was ranked as the worst state for teen drivers. Some glaring metrics from the study include the Cowboy State’s 50th ranking in Teen Driver Fatalities per Teen Population, 50th in Vehicle miles traveled per capita and a rank of 47th in Teen DUI’s per teen population.

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