Cheyenne, WY – Key lawmakers in the political skirmish over gray wolves in the West say they will continue their efforts to lift federal protections for the predators, despite a proposed settlement between environmentalists and the government. The settlement is pending approval in federal court. It would wolf lift protections in Idaho and Montana, but keep them at least temporarily in Wyoming Utah, Washington and Oregon. The deal also includes safeguards sought by environmentalists - features absent from pending legislation in Congress. Yet whether
Lander, WY – A Lander man who shot another man while trying to intervene in an alleged domestic violence attack in Riverton won't be charged with a crime. Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn and police chief Mike Broadhead announced the decision Wednesday. They say the wounded man had attacked his girlfriend and that the Lander man was coming to her aid. KOVE-AM in Lander reported that the boyfriend is expected to
Gillette, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the child molestation convictions of a former Campbell County fire chief. The court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of Gary Scott. Scott had argued that District Judge John Brooks of Campbell County should have rejected a report written by a probation officer. Brooks ultimately sentenced Scott to serve concurrent prison terms totaling up to 15 years. Scott is serving a separate 24-year federal sentence on 10 felony convictions of taking children across state lines for sexual abuse.
Cody, WY – Plans to drill exploratory natural gas wells in the McCullough Peaks area in northern Wyoming are on hold for now. The Bureau of Land Management has twice approved permits for the Bill Barrett Corp. to drill the wells but conservation groups have appealed them both times. Denver-based Bill Barrett has decided to withdraw its permits. Spokesman Jim Felton said the company wants to try to reach an agreement with the BLM and environmentalists, avoiding a court fight. The latest permits included restrictions aimed at satisfying the
Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled for a Cheyenne daily newspaper in a dispute with a local school district over access to teacher salary information. The court on Tuesday ruled in favor of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper. Laramie County School District 1 had appealed a district court judge's earlier ruling that the paper was entitled to see records showing the names and salaries of teachers. Tribune Eagle Executive Editor D. Reed Eckhardt says the paper is thrilled but not surprised with the court ruling.