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U. S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (Courtesy of U.S.D.A.)
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Vilsack Announces Water Quality Initiative

U. S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the ''National Water Quality Initiative" will work in priority watersheds to help farmers, ranchers and  landowners improve water quality impaired streams. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has posted rules for safety contracts within HB 89 online and is taking public comment. Amy Richards has a report. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Officials Expect Active Fire Season [AUDIO]

The Chief of the U.S. Forest Service says he expects this year's fire season to be as active as last year. Doug Randall reports.  The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services announced that it has filled all seven Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Consultant positions. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Wyoming Department of Workforce Services)
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Wyoming’s Unemployment Rate Down Again

Wyoming's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in March was 5.3 % down from 5.4 % in February. David Bullard, Senior Economist with the Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, says it's the seventh consecutive month the rate has gone down.  Wyoming's rate is  is significantly lower than the current U.S. rate of 8.2%.

Bullard says seasonally adjusted employment of Wyoming residents was basically unchanged from February to March, but increased significantly from a year earlier (a gain of 5,532 individuals, or 1.9%).

Most county unemployment rates remained fairly stable from February to March. Jobless rates edged upward in Big Horn (up from 6.6% to 7.0%) and Sublette (up from 3.2% to 3.5%) counties while decreasing slightly in Johnson (down from 7.8% to 7.3%), Platte (down from 6.5% to 6.1%), Hot Springs (down from 5.3% to 5.0%), and Fremont (down from 7.4% to 7.1%) counties.

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Sheridan County Considering Changing Wind Rules

The Sheridan County Planning and Zoning commission has voted to start amending zoning rules for small wind generators to make it easier for people to put them in their yards. Doug Randall reports.
The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported that total Unemployment Insurance covered payroll increased by $129.7 million in second quarter 2011. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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White Tailed Deer (Coolstock/Wikipedia)
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Wyoming Game & Fish Wants To Bait Big Game [AUDIO]

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Joan Evans, Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, says the merger of Workforce Services with the Department of Employment has been a good move so far. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is pushing to allow baiting of big game animals to allow hunters to lure deer herds away from towns. Doug Randall reports. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Coal to Gas Plant Proposed For Medicine Bow [AUDIO]

The Wyoming Business Council is asking the Idaho National Laboratory to review a private company's plan to build a coal-to gasoline plant in Carbon County. Doug Randall reports. Wyoming's unemployment rate continues to hold steady. David Bullard, Senior Economist with the Research and Planning Division of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, says the rate was 5.8 in November. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Australian Company Buying Coal Intertests in Wyoming And Montana [AUDIO]

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is hosting an Employer Information Seminar in Casper on Thursday December  1st. Doug Randall reports. Australian Company, Ambre Energy announced last week that is buying an interest in coal mines in Montana and Wyoming as interest increases in shipping the product overseas to feed growing energy demands in Asia. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Boysen Reservoir (© J. Green/@modestholdings)
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Boysen Reservoir is Full [AUDIO]

The Boysen Reservoir in central Wyoming is full from water pouring into it over the past few weeks from melting mountain snowpack and rain. Doug Randall has more. The Department of Workforce Services and Department of Employment are now one, and they want to hear from the public. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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