Worland News 11-1-18

Written by on November 1, 2018

The Gillette News Record reports Campbell County emergency responders are at the scene of an explosion at an oil processing site Wednesday afternoon north of Gillette.
At the site, Campbell County Fire Department training chief Ron Smith said it’s not clear what the cause of the fire was or how many people were involved in the accident.
He did confirm that an air ambulance was called and that the department and other emergency response units were trying to account for workers in the area around 4 p.m.
Wyoming Highway Patrol closed Highway 59 about 6 miles south of the explosion, it is now reopened, but were monitoring the fire and the roadway as the local fire department assessed the fire.
It isn’t known how many people are or may be hurt or the extent of any potential injuries.
As of 4:40 p.m., responders were still trying to account for all the workers at the site, according to information gathered at the scene.
The Campbell County Fire Department reports it intends to wait out the burn as fuels continue to be consumed by the fire and that at least two propane tanks are involved, along with tanks of oil.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has detected an alarming increase in reported syphilis cases across Wyoming, especially in Fremont County
Syphilis is primarily transmitted through sex without a condom.
There have been 34 Wyoming cases reported so far in 2018, which represents a 36 percent increase over last year’s total for the entire year. With a reported 38 percent of this year’s cases, Fremont County is an area of current concern.
“Because of this increase, the department recently sent an alert to healthcare providers across the state encouraging them to promote testing and treatment with patients,” said Courtney Smith, Communicable Disease Surveillance Program Manager with WDH.
Having multiple sex partners, sex without a condom, or anonymous sex partners are risks connected with this recent increase.
Syphilis can be cured with antibiotics. If left untreated, syphilis can lead to serious complications such as dementia, blindness, numbness, paralysis and death.
Actions recommended by WDH include abstinence, limiting the number of partners, correct and consistent condom use and getting tested before starting a new sexual relationship. To learn more about the risk behaviors for syphilis infection, visit www.knowyo.org or contact a medical professional.

A new economic report says Wyoming enjoyed its largest one-year rebound in sales, lodging and use tax collections in more than a decade this year.
But the report Monday from Wyoming’s Economic Analysis Division shows that total tax collections are still 15 percent lower than they were before the 2015 economic downturn.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that an improving energy sector fueled by increases in oil and natural gas prices and rising levels of mining activity accounted for most of the tax revenue gains this year.
Though annual sales tax collections increased in all but three counties across the state, the largest jumps were seen in the energy producing counties, especially Converse, Sublette and Niobrara.
Tax collections generated by drilling rose by more than 57 percent this year.

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