Laramie, WY – The National Park Service reports that an average of 190 snowmobiles and 36 snowcoaches operated in the park each day last month. Yellowstone opened for the winter season on Dec. 15. Yellowstone is limiting snowmobile traffic to 318 machines a day for this winter season and the next season. That is less than half the number allowed in the past few years. The state of Wyoming and Park County are challenging the restriction on snowmobile traffic in federal court. They claim the restriction hurts tourism.
Riverton, Wy – The body of a 52-year-old Casper man has been found in an alley of a residential area in Riverton. Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan says Robert N. Brown wasfrozen and there were no indications of foul play. Overnight temperatures in Riverton dropped to near 20 below zero. His body was found Thursday morning by a city garbage worker. McAuslan says an autopsy will be performed to determine the official cause of death.
Cheyenne, WY – Filings with the Secretary of State show that Governor Dave Freudenthal has not been doing much fundraising recently. This could be a sign about his plans to run again.
Governor Freudenthal says he is waiting until March before announcing if he is running for re-election this year. He is technically prevented from running again because of term limits, but it is likely the term limit law would not hold up in court if the governor or someone else challenged it.
Laramie, WY – The Environmental Protection Agency has responded to a court order and has proposed tightening the standard for the pollutant ozone. The change would specifically impact Sublette County where levels of that gas have exceeded existing standards a few times over the last five years in Wyoming. Local activists pushed the state Environmental Quality Council to decrease the maximum allowable level of ozone, but the Council voted down the request. Now the EPA is suggesting a new standard for the whole country.