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.
LARAMIE, wyo – A recent report from the Wyoming Department of Employment shows that total payroll was up substantially in the third quarter of last year, to more than 128 million dollars. That's an increase of 4 point 7 percent. At the same time, overall job losses continued. Senior Economist David Bullard says there's probably a simple explanation for the overall payroll gains, at a time of marginally decreasing employment
JACKSON, wyo – Experts are exploring new, lower cost ways to restore whitebark pines to the landscape. The trees are under attack from both native pine beetles and an exotic fungus, called blister rust. Forest Service Geneticist Mary Mahalovich is leading efforts to cultivate blister rust-resistant whitebarks. She says plans to grow disease-resistant seeds in an orchard instead of collecting them from the wild will make restoration efforts cheaper and faster.
Laramie, WY – The state's revised driving under the influence law goes into effect July 1. And this week about 150 prosecutors, law enforcement officers, judges and others came together to discuss just how the law will work.
Come July, drivers arrested on DUI charges will no longer be able to refuse a chemical test of their blood alcohol level. A main issue in implementing that change is the law's warrant requirement. If a driver refuses a test, the officer must get a warrant to do the test anyway.