Aug 1, 2013 The Associated Press

CFD sales below biz expectations

CHEYENNE -- Some Cheyenne businesses are reporting that sales traffic didn't meet their expectations during this year's Cheyenne Frontier Days.

That is according to a survey circulated this week by the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce to its members.

However, it's too soon to know the exact economic impact of the rodeo and how it compares to previous years.

Chamber of Commerce President Dale Steenbergen says the more than 60 local shops, hotels, restaurants and service providers who replied to the survey reported business "slightly below what they expected."

Steenbergen said a couple of hotels reported vacant rooms available every day last week.

He says expectations may have been too high, but no real judgments will be made until hard numbers come in.

Gowdy visitor center opens

CHEYENNE -- The new visitor center at Curt Gowdy State Park in southeast Wyoming honors the many passions of its namesake.

State officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to dedicate the new visitor center.

The 7,400-square-foot building includes an interpretive center that features exhibits about the park, its history and Curt Gowdy's contribution to preserving the natural resources found within it.

Milward Simpson is director of the State Parks and Cultural Resources Department.

The building is a monument to Gowdy's legacy.

Gowdy, who died in 2006, was a Wyoming native and a famous sportscaster and outdoorsman.

The park was named after him in 1972.

The two-level building also includes a lobby, multi-purpose meeting rooms, and restroom and shower facilities.

Phone company reaches deal

DENVER -- CenturyLink and its largest union have announced a deal that could avoid a strike of 11,000 workers in Wyoming and 12 states, which threatened to disrupt phone and Internet service for millions of consumers.

The proposed agreement reached Tuesday night offers lump-sum increases and wage increases. It also provides new limitations on CenturyLink's ability to transfer jobs to offshore call centers.

Workers had previously authorized a strike.

"We're pleased to get an agreement after nearly a year of bargaining," said Al Kogler, spokesman for the Communications Workers of America.

"CenturyLink and the CWA are pleased that we have come to an agreement that provides our employees fair and equitable benefits and will better enable us to deliver on our mutual commitment to serve our customers," said Glen Post, CenturyLink CEO, in a statement.

The proposed agreement provides new limitations on CenturyLink's ability to contract out and move call center work outside its service area, and includes a commitment to return jobs that have been outsourced and offshored, the Denver Post reported Wednesday.

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