Billings, Mont. – A Yellowstone National Park wolf biologist says the killing during hunting season of two collared wolves will effect a study examining wolf pack dynamics in and around the park.
The park's wolf biologist, Doug Smith, says the killing of the Cottonwood Pack's 7-year-old alpha female and her collared 2-year-old daughter means the pack's movements are no longer being tracked for the study by the park.
The pack's alpha male and a 5-month-old pup were also shot.
Laramie, Wyo. – A State Senator continues to push his idea of turning part of interstate 80 across southern Wyoming into a toll road. Senator Michael Von Flatern is the co-chairman of the legislature's transportation committee. That committee recently approved a bill that would direct the Wyoming Department of Transportation to officially study the feasibility of such a project
Wyoming – This week Wyoming health officials said that a large amount of H1N1 or swine flu vaccine will soon arrive in the state. It should be enough to let everyone in Wyoming get a flu shot. But only half of parents nationwide say they plan to get their kids vaccinated. Many say they're worried about vaccine side-effects. Julie Grant reports that some government policies may have inadvertently made people concerned about vaccine safety.
Wyoming – Each year, about a hundred male drug addicts in Wyoming are moved from prison...to a locked facility west of Casper. They spend about 12 months there toward the end of their prison sentence, living alongside other addicts, and looking hard at why they used drugs. This model is called a therapeutic community, or T-C. Wyoming's program began in 2005... and will soon expand, with 144 T-C beds at the new Torrington prison. Wyoming Public Radio's Addie Goss reports on life inside T-C's walls... and life once these men get out.
Wyoming – Thanks to the Wyoming economy it has been four years since the University of Wyoming has raised tuition. But that could change as the administration will soon move forward with a proposal that could implement a tuition hike as soon as 2011. U-W President Tom Buchanan tells Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck that the proposal stems from a ten percent budget reduction the University underwent last summer
Wyoming – It has been over two years since huge weights pounded the earth in Rock Springs. The so-called "Big Drop" was a state run project designed to collapse old mine shafts in the city. Several families in the area said that the weights started the ground moving and it hasn't stopped. They also say that the project has damaged or destroyed their homes. Now a study is out showing the ground is still moving in this area but Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports there's no proof as to why.
Wyoming – Senators, including Wyoming's John Barrasso, started working on climate change legislation this week. And the lobbyists are out in force. Manuel Quinones reports from Capitol Hill that energy companies with strong Wyoming ties are spending big bucks in Washington.
Wyoming – The town of Carbon existed for a little over 30 years - from 1868 until just after the turn of the century. It was in southeast Wyoming, between Medicine Bow and Hanna. It was a vital place, with coalmines, trains moving through, and more than a thousand people living along the tracks. Now, it's a ghost of a ghost town - a remote and vacant spot, overgrown with sagebrush. Wyoming Public Radio's Molly Messick has this story.