Rock Springs, Wy – A state lawmaker from Rock Springs plans to draft new legislation to compensate residents whose homes were damaged by a controversial mine collapsing project in 2007. Democratic Rep. Bernadine Craft says she intends to draft a House bill that would amend the state AML guidelines so that money can be used to help the homeowners repair their homes. An attempt to address the issue in last year's session didn't succeed. The home were damaged when huge weights were used to try to
Jackson, Wy – The National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole plans to begin providing supplemental feed to elk much later than usual this year. The reason is the elk still have plenty to eat. There's still lots of grass left over from last year and less snow than normal covering up that grass. Typically the refuge begins putting out alfalfa pellets for elk around the third week of January. Last year, feeding began Jan. 27, about a week later than normal. This year, feeding might begin several weeks later than usual.
Laramie, Wy – Medicine Bow National Forest says it will take more time planning a controversial parking lot for snowmobiles off the Snowy Range National Scenic Byway. District Ranger Larry Sandoval says the Forest Service isn't ruling out building the parking lot but wants to resolve questions about the parking lot's size as well as engineering and environmental considerations. The Laramie environmental group Biodiversity Conservation Alliance says the byway is a poor location for a parking lot. The alliance is proposing two locations that aren't near the byway.