CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Nineteen members of the Wyoming Air National Guard are back home after serving in Afghanistan. The members of the 30th Airlift Squadron and the 187th Airlift Squadron returned to Cheyenne yesterday. While in Afghanistan, they provided airlifts to people and cargo and support to other airlift operations.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A Gillette company has won the rights to mine coal on nearly 3,000 acres in northern Wyoming with a bid of nearly $300 million.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says Antelope Coal of Gillette submitted the high bid of $297.7 million for the West Antelope II North Coal Tract. The bid amounts to 85 cents per ton for the estimated 350 million tons of mineable coal the parcel holds.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park's south entrance is expected to open to vehicles Friday morning, allowing visitors from the Jackson area access to Lake and Old Faithful.
Park officials say by that time, most visitor facilities will be open at Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful, and limited facilities will be available at Canyon, Fishing Bridge and Grant Village. But they warn the opening of some campgrounds and trails, especially those in the backcountry, could be delayed.
Laramie, WY – Authorities say alcohol may have been involved in the death of a University of Wyoming senior at War Memorial Stadium over the weekend. The body of 22-year-old David C. Schmitt was found Saturday morning, the day he was to take part in graduation ceremonies. UW spokesman Jim Kearns says Schmitt fell about 40 feet while attempting to climb down from the stadium's upper level. Kearns says Schmitt had been at an off-campus party before going to the stadium with another UW male student, whose name is not being released.
Casper, WY – A federal judge has rejected an attempt by environmentalists to challenge the upcoming sale of federal coal reserves in Wyoming's Powder River Basin. In an order issued Sunday, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly sided with the federal government in allowing the sale to proceed on a coal reserve near the existing Antelope Mine. Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club contested the sale last August over worries that burning the coal could make climate change worse.