Worland News 10-12-18

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Game and Fish spends roughly $35,000 each year on signs that have been vandalized. Most signs that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department install cost around $35 per square foot. When a sign has to be reinstalled because of vandalism it takes time and money away from other projects that benefit wildlife, fish or their habitats.
Every time people purchase a conservation stamp or license for fishing or hunting, they are helping pay for various programs that support fish or wildlife. Signs are one of these programs that assist hunters, anglers and other wildlife users in the field. Shooting signs or vandalizing them in other ways is irresponsible, illegal and frustrating for someone attempting to read an informational sign.
Please help the Wyoming Game and Fish and other partners stop these crimes. To report vandalism or the misuse of a public access area or wildlife habitat management area, call your local game warden, local law enforcement, or the Stop Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Wyoming’s seven-largest communities scored far below average on a national human rights organization’s review of LGBTQ protections released this week.
With an average score of 20, Wyoming’s municipalities ranked dead-last in the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index, with two communities – Rock Springs and Sheridan – receiving scores of zero. Only two communities, Jackson and Laramie, scored above a 50, however both still fell below the national average score of 58.
Regardless of the lagging performance, Sara Burlingame, executive director of Wyoming Equality, said the scores showed progress.

An article in the Thermopolis Independent Record states that in a report released last Thursday by the Economic Analysis Division of the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information, Hot Springs County experienced a 12.3 percent increase in taxable sales from the second quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2018. The figures are based on sales and use tax collections.
For the state, total taxable sales grew 17.9 percent to $3.9 billion in the first quarter of 2018. Increases occurred in most economic industries, with the largest boost in mining — including oil and gas extraction — which accounted for over one-third of the total increase. The mining sector experienced a year-over-year expansion of 45.1 percent due to increased sales of equipment, supplies, and services from new energy exploration and production activity.
However, the first quarter amount was still 45.3 percent less than the figures for the fourth quarter of 2014, before the energy downturn. Traditionally, over one-sixth of collections are from the mining industry, therefore the changes in total sales and use tax collections in Wyoming have been greatly affected by the fluctuation in mineral activities. Construction and information were the only industries that experienced declines.

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