Laramie, Wyo. – Grand Teton National Park officials are working with the BLM and others to try to finally reach a deal over two state-owned sections within the park. Wyoming makes a mere three thousand dollars from the property each year, but the land is valued at roughly $150 million.
State officials have been trying to work out a land trade with the federal government for more than a decade. This summer, the governor threatened to put the land up for auction.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – An adult male from Goshen County has become Wyoming's first human case of West Nile Virus this year.
The state Department of Health reported the case Tuesday. Most people infected with West Nile never develop symptoms. Among those who become ill, symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes.
But a few people develop meningitis or encephalitis and can die from the disease.
Laramie, Wyo. – A Cheyenne man is working to get his name on the ballot for the governor's race. Taylor Haynes is a University of Wyoming trustee, an organic beef rancher and a retired trauma surgeon who heads a health benefits company.
Casper, Wy – Results from Wyoming's statewide student assessment tests won't be released until late September or early October. That's nearly two months later than school districts normally get to see scores from the Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS. Students normally get their results a few weeks after districts do. The online version of PAWS was beset with technical problems this year. Results were put on hold so an independent company could analyze them first.
Billings, Mont. – Wildlife officials say a grizzly bear that preyed on campers outside Yellowstone National Park weighed less than average, but was in an area with ample food supplies and did not appear to be starving.
Montana officials said Monday that a necropsy has been completed on the female grizzly. The results still were being analyzed.
One person was killed and two injured during separate attacks by the bear Wednesday at the Soda Butte Campground.
Laramie, Wyo. – A poll released Monday shows that more than 40 percent of Republican voters have not decided who to support in the race for the state's top education position. That's with just two weeks remaining before the August 17th primary.
Wyoming – Wyoming and Colorado's forests are teeming with renewable energy potential the millions of acres of beetle-killed pine trees can be turned into woody biomass to heat homes or power businesses. But, as Brian Larson reports that effort has been somewhat slow to take off.