According to a recent article published on Casper Star Tribune's website, national gas production in the Rocky Mountain region's top gas-producing state declined in 2009 for the first time since 1997. However last year was the second-biggest year for Wyoming gas volume on record. Because of Wyoming heavily leans on the gas industry the decline has had a ripple effect and State revenue is down. The article also notes that unemployment is up -- almost double the rate this time last year. And communities in gas-rich areas are struggling. To read this complete article click here.