Fund that keeps rural phone rates affordable in peril

Pay phones used to be a popular way for people to make telephone calls away from home. Most phone booths have disappeared as more and more people carry cell phones. The same trend has led to people canceling landline service at home, which has cut the revenue collected from a surcharge that helps subsidize landline service in parts of rural Idaho. This 1957 photo was taken at Fort Lewis in Washington by the Richards Studio of Tacoma. Courtesy photo

A 30-year-old state fund that keeps landline phone service affordable for rural Idahoans is in jeopardy as more people drop landlines.

Fewer Wyoming smokers, but health still a factor

Chelsea Brownlee of Cheyenne, Wyo., has a smoke while waiting for a bus at the corner of 17th Street and Carey Avenue on Thursday in Cheyenne. Smoking in Wyoming is down by more than 5 percent, but tobacco-related health problems are still a factor in the state, according to the Wyoming Department of Health’s most recent data. Jacob Byk / Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Smoking in Wyoming is down by more than 5 percent, but tobacco-related health problems are still a factor statewide.

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