Billings, Mont. – State and federal officials have recommended relocating a small herd of bison from Yellowstone National Park to a Wyoming Indian reservation - part of a bid to restore a species that once numbered in the tens of millions.
The 41 animals are now being held in a federal disease quarantine compound in Montana. If Friday's recommendation is adopted by the state's wildlife agency, they could be moved to the Wind River Reservation by April.
Laramie, Wyo. – More unemployed workers are asking for help from the state Department of Workforce Services. Director Joan Evans says the Riverton employment office has seen a ten percent increase in foot traffic in recent weeks.
"It really is a variety of factors, you can't really point to one thing," Evans said. "But I think an overall tightening up in the economy is really impacting us here in Wyoming."
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A legislative committee has approved a bill that would increase the amount that an individual may contribute to a candidate in Wyoming.
It would raise individual contributions from a thousand dollars up to $2,300 hundred dollars per election. It would allow a person to contribute $4,600 hundred dollars if they donate in both the primary and general elections.
But the Equality State Policy Center's Dan Neal says the increase is too much.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – An effort to help groups preserve and promote areas of the state with cultural and historical significance has hit a snag.
A legislative committee postponed action on the bill after a number of energy and agricultural groups showed up in opposition. Devon Energy's Margo Sabec fears that if an area is identified by the state as a place of cultural significance, that federal officials will ban energy development in that area.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The state senate is debating a bill that would keep the name of someone accused of committing a sex crime secret, until the case goes to a district court.
No other person accused of a felony gets similar protections, including someone accused of murder. Senator Tony Ross says a sex crime is particularly heinous crime, which is why all identities should be kept secret.
"More often then not releasing the actors name may reveal the name of the victim, even before there is a probable cause hearing," Ross said.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Members of a newly formed government watchdog group say they're looking forward to pushing for release of public information around Wyoming.
The Wyoming Coalition for Open Government includes the Wyoming Press Association as well as many individual newspapers and other groups. The coalition held a press conference Thursday to introduce itself at the Wyoming state Capitol.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Gov. Dave Freudenthal says Wyoming needs to focus on its strengths as it works to "ride out the storm" of lower state revenues and important challenges to its future.
Beginning his "State of the State" address to a joint session of the Wyoming Legislature, Freudenthal said Wednesday that Wyoming residents need to understand the state is now in the beginning of a difficult period - not at the end of one.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming officials say they're disappointed in the federal government's decision to maintain endangered species protections for gray wolves in the state.
The Department of Interior announced Wednesday that federal protections for the predators would be removed in neighboring Idaho and Montana. If enacted, the decision will give those states the authority to manage their wolves.