Oct 9, 2012 The Associated Press

Yellowstone sees slight drop in visits

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Yellowstone National Park saw slightly fewer visitors during September, compared to a year ago.

The park recorded 527,610 recreational visitors in September 2012, down 1.6 percent from last year. Despite the decline, it was still the third highest September visitation ever recorded.

Still, the number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone for the first nine months of the calendar year is up 1.5 percent compared to 2011.

With three months left in the calendar year, more recreational visits to Yellowstone have been recorded this year than in all of 2007, which was previously the fourth highest visitation year on record.

July is typically the park's peak visitation month, followed by August, June, September, and May.

State ranks high for inmate GED

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming has one of the highest success rates for incarcerated individuals seeking to accomplish their GED.

Through the comparison of two national studies, Wyoming ranks second among 45 states in the percentage of the total inmate population who earned a GED during 2010. Oregon was ranked first.

In addition, one report showed that 204 individuals out of the 226 who received and completed the GED programming class passed their GED test for a 90 percent pass rate.

According to current statistics, about 13 percent of inmates who enter prison in Wyoming have not completed high school or obtained their GED.

Teton County set to end pay freeze

JACKSON -- Teton County government workers will likely get their first raise in five years in 2013.

County commissioners set aside $300,000 in the budget to pay for raises but they wanted to review sales tax collections before moving ahead with them.

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