Articles written by Allayana Darrow

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  • Minerals committee moves to support big business

    Allayana Darrow, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 5, 2020

    SHERIDAN — A bill to create a relief program for businesses with 100 employees or more passed through the Wyoming Legislature Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee Tuesday. Rep. Donald Burkhart, R-Rawlins, said the program would support large companies that continued to fuel the economy and retain employees despite the economic crisis but did not benefit from aid programs directed at small businesses. He estimated about 30 Wyoming companies, which employ several thousand residents, would qualify. “The relief does not pro...

  • Worst of unemployment claims may have passed

    Allayana Darrow, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 3, 2020

    SHERIDAN — As far as unemployment claims in the state, the worst may have passed, according to Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Director Robin Cooley. The Wyoming Legislature Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee addressed COVID-19 issues Friday morning, including agency response from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services — one “tip of the spear” helping the state trudge through the pandemic, Chairman Rep. Sue Wilson, R-Cheyenne, said. The purpose of the meeting was to brief the committee on agency response since n...

  • Pandemic may worsen trafficking

    Allayana Darrow, The Sheridan Press Via Wyoming News Exchange|May 6, 2020

    SHERIDAN — Sex trafficking may not be the first danger that comes to mind when considering the impact of COVID-19 on individual communities, but the two are inextricably linked, according to Alexandra Stevenson, co-founder of the human trafficking prevention nonprofit Uprising. Uprising launched a new campaign for the month of May to encourage open conversation between parents and children about online safety as children spend significantly more time on devices at home. Stress, emotional challenges and financial insecurity are vulnerabilities p...