Wind River, Wy – A Northern Arapaho man has pleaded guilty in tribal court to killing a bald eagle in 2005 for use in his tribe's Sun Dance. Winslow Friday entered the plea Tuesday on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. His public defender says Friday was fined $2,500 and lost his hunting privileges on the reservation for a year. Friday has acknowledged for years that he shot the eagle without a permit. But the question of whether he should be prosecuted prompted a protracted legal fight and attracted national attention
Laramie, Wyo. – As part of Jackson Hole's comprehensive plan for its future, the county planning commission has recommended capping growth. Essentially the idea is to keep Teton County at its current size, with a limit on new housing units and commercial space similar to what exists now.
Laramie, WY – For the first time in a year there was an increase in the number of people who report having a job. The data for Wyoming comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics November Unemployment Report. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that the news is mixed.
Laramie, Wyo. – Officials from the state Department of Environmental Quality and the Sinclair oil refinery in Carbon County met on Friday afternoon to discuss the multiple spills and hazardous gas releases that have occurred at the site this year.
Jackson, Wyo. – National Elk Refuge officials say a combination of hunting pressure, mild weather and good forage available elsewhere resulted in the lowest number of elk on the refuge this fall in 25 years.
The refuge typically has about 3,000 elk on its southern end this time of year. But biologist Eric Cole says the high count has been only about 900 elk.
Cole says a limited-weapons elk hunt that started Oct. 10 and ended Dec. 13 pushed elk off the south end of the refuge and into the national forest or Grand Teton National Park.