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WYOMING NEWS BRIEF for Wednesday, February 22, 2023 | In short

Average gasoline prices have risen by the same amount they fell last week

CHEYENNE (WNE) – Average gasoline prices in Wyoming rose 3.5 cents a gallon in the past week, averaging $3.40 on Monday, according to Gas-Buddy.com’s survey of 494 stations in Wyoming .

That’s the same amount they lost the week before.

Prices in Wyoming are 14.9 cents a gallon higher than a month ago and 3.1 cents a gallon higher than a year ago.

The national average price of diesel dropped 6.9 cents in the past week and stands at $4.45 a gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the lowest price in Wyoming on Sunday was $2.97 a gallon, while the highest was $3.99, a difference of $1.02 a gallon.

The national average price of gasoline was flat over the past week, averaging $3.37 a gallon on Monday. The national average is down 2.7 cents a gallon from a month ago and is down 14.5 cents a gallon from a year ago, according to data from GasBuddy.

Data is compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering more than 150,000 US gas stations.

This story was published on February 22, 2023.

Snowplow accident results in one fatality

SHERIDAN (WNE) — A crash near mileage 1.3 on Highway 335 claimed the life of 29-year-old Zachary J. Nicholson of Colorado Sunday morning.

A 2016 Sheridan County Western Star snow blower was traveling westbound on Knode Road and a 2018 Jeep Wrangler was traveling northbound on Wyoming Highway 335, resulting in a collision.

WHP said Kimberly A. Flynn was driving the Jeep at the time of the accident.

Nicholson was not wearing a seat belt and was transported from the scene to Sheridan Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.

According to WHP, this is the 22nd fatality on Wyoming roads in 2023 compared to 11 in 2022, 14 in 2021 and seven in 2020 to date.

This story was published on February 21, 2023.

The updated publication contains “Just the Facts” about Wyoming

CHEYENNE (WNE) – A new edition of “Just the Facts” has been published by the Wyoming state division of economic analysis.

The updated publication provides an easily accessible collection of statistics, presenting a broad range of factors relating to quality of life in Wyoming. Information categories include demographics, education, economics, transportation, housing, geography, tourism, agriculture, tax environment and crime, and law enforcement. The data shows facts for the most recent period for Wyoming, its ranking relative to other states, and the change from the previous period.

Some examples:

. Wyoming’s veteran population was 8.1% in 2021, ranking fourth, compared to 9.8% in Alaska (the most) and 3.6% in New Jersey (the least).

. Wyoming’s median household income was $65,204 in 2021, ranking 31st, compared to $90,203 in Maryland and $48,716 in Mississippi.

. Wyoming’s home ownership rate was 72.1% in 2021, ranking it 12th.

“Policymakers and the general public can use this publication in a variety of ways: It can help identify certain areas that need further study, or it allows people to see how Wyoming is doing compared to other states,” said Wenlin Liu, chief economist of the Economic Analysis Division. “By comparison, the numbers become much more meaningful and revealing to readers.”

The publication can be downloaded from eadiv. state.wy.us/Wy_facts/Facts2022.pdf.

This story was published on February 22, 2023.

Sheridan’s Souper Bowl Food Drive collects 1,100 pounds of food

SHERIDAN (WNE) — The 8th Annual Souper Bowl Food Drive, managed and sponsored by the AARP’s Sheridan Community Action Team, raised approximately 1,100 pounds of food for local food banks in the Sheridan County area in February.

The event was held to help restock food pantries in Sheridan County, including the People’s Assistance Food Bank, the Salvation Army, and the Volunteers of America Homeless Food Pantry.

Donors could choose to place their food donations in a container labeled “Kansas City Chiefs” or “Philadelphia Eagles”. The estimated total vote count was 60% of food donated to bins marked for the Chiefs and 40% for the Philadelphia Eagles.

AARP Wyoming donated $1,000 to the event, and Community Action Team members used those funds to purchase food at the local Ridley Grocery Store. Ridley’s store managers then pledged by also donating over $125 in food.

This story was published on February 21, 2023.

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