Jobless Rate Unchanged, State Lottery Shares Profits

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GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Grand Teton National Park has released the name of a man who died after falling about 300 feet (91 meters) while rappelling a popular rock climbing route.
Park officials say 33-year-old Marco Dees, of New Paltz, New York and the Netherlands, fell Sunday on the Guide's Wall, a feature on Storm Point that looms over Jenny Lake north of Teewinot Mountain. His climbing partner, 24-year-old Grace Mooney, of Madison, Wisconsin, had to remain on the wall overnight until she could be rescued Monday morning.
Rangers learned of the accident late Sunday night when two hikers saw a flashing light and heard Mooney calling for help. Park spokeswoman Denise Germann says Dees and Mooney were capable climbers with appropriate gear.
Rangers are investigating the condition and position of the climbers' gear.

Wyoming jobless rate unchanged at 3.7 percent in June

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming's unemployment rate remains at 3.7 percent but is lower than it was a year ago.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported Tuesday that the June jobless rate was the same as it was in May.
The 3.7 percent jobless rate is lower than both its June 2017 level of 4.0 percent and the current U.S. unemployment rate of 4.0 percent.
In June, Teton County posted the state's lowest unemployment rate at 2.4 percent, followed by Crook County at 3.1 percent, Niobrara County at 3.3 percent and Johnson County at 3.5 percent. The highest unemployment rates were found in Fremont County with 5.2 percent, Natrona 4.7 percent and Uinta 4.5 percent.

Mead staff member says workforce training law needs fixing

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A member of Gov. Matt Mead's staff says a workforce training program enacted this year isn't working as intended because of bureaucratic hurdles.
Jerimiah Rieman is Mead's director for economic diversification strategy and initiatives and he says the law creating the program needs to be fixed.
The Laramie Boomerang reports that the law passed in March with a $6 million appropriation was part of the governor's new economic diversification initiative.
The law provides incentives for private companies by funding state-sponsored workforce training grants to encourage job creation in certain industries.
But Wyoming Workforce Services Director John Cox says it's been difficult to make feasible grant rules because of the labyrinth of stipulations included in the law.
Cox will detail the law's problems to a legislative committee next month.
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Wyoming Lottery shares profits with cities, towns, counties

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Lottery has provided nearly $1.5 million in profits for distribution to state cities, towns and counties.
It is the highest amount ever transferred during a quarter to the state since the launch of the Wyoming Lottery in 2014.
Since the lottery began, it also has paid more than $43 million in winnings to players across all four products the lottery sells.
WyoLotto provides the draw games of Cowboy Draw, Powerball, Mega Millions and Lucky for Life.

Yellowstone facing high fire danger for first time this year

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park's fire danger has reached a high ranking for the first time this year following several of weeks of sunny weather and curing vegetation.
The Jackson Hole News And Guide reported Monday that the high ranking comes days after lightning sparked the first wildfire of the season near Yellowstone.
Despite the high fire danger, Yellowstone has not placed special restrictions on campfires. General campfire safety regulations such as limiting open flames to campground fire rings and at some backcountry sites still applies.
Fire danger remains moderate in Jackson Hole.