Casper, Wyo. – Hunters in the Casper area will have some new areas where they can pursue elk and other big game starting next fall.
The state's Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Board has purchased a conservation easement on 2,840 acres of the Flying A Ranch. The land is about 50 miles northwest of Casper, on the southern end of the Big Horn Mountains in Natrona County. The easement cost $960,000.
Longmont, Colo. – Consumers are being warned not to eat some elk meat sold at a recent farmers' market in Longmont, Colorado.
State and Boulder County health officers issued a recall Wednesday for elk meat sold Dec. 13 at a farmers' market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.
The meat comes from elk found to have chronic wasting disease at High Wire Ranch in Hotchkiss. Though the disease is thought to be harmless to humans, health officials still warn against eating meat from infected animals.
Jackson, Wyo. – Avalanche centers around the West are warning that backcountry conditions are already hazardous and likely to become even more dangerous with coming snows.
Centers in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming have issued warnings.
Bob Comey is director of the Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center in Jackson. He says area mountains already have an unstable snowpack. He says the area is expecting to see perhaps as much as 2 feet of new snow in coming days.
Washington D-C – As Congress prepares to take up an economic stimulus package, transportation officials across the country are drawing up wish lists for highway projects. Wyoming says it has dozens of road repairs ready for federal money. Deirdre Shesgreen reports
President-elect Barack Obama wants a package that will create 3 million new jobs.
Wyoming officials have identified 105 projects costing more than $400 million dollars that they could begin right away.