Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal admits he was surprised that a Montana judge decided to place wolves from Wyoming, Montana and Idaho back on the endangered species list. The Governor says state officials are discussing whether they should push for a hearing on whether U-S Fish and Wildlife had enough science to remove wolves from the endangered list or whether they should appeal the ruling.
Rawlins, Wy – The city of Rawlins and a former Rawlins police captain have agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed that the former captain sexually assaulted her a decade ago. The woman's lawsuit, filed in federal court last year, charges that Lee Meacham, a former Rawlins police captain and Carbon County commissioner, assaulted her repeatedly when she was between 15 and 18 years old. The woman is now 27. A state lawyer who represented Meacham declined comment on Wednesday.
Cheyenne, Wy – A new report says that trout in Wyoming could be in trouble as global climate change makes some rivers too hot. The report was produced by biologists and trout advocacy groups in the West. It says the Upper North Platte and Upper Green River will likely be affected by higher water temperatures that kill trout. Scott Yates of Trout Unlimited-"
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Twenty-three percent of young people in Wyoming between 12 and 24 say they believe there is little or no risk in trying methamphetamine, and more than half of teens say the drug is easily accessible in the community.
That's according to a new statewide survey by the Wyoming Meth Project.
According to the survey nearly 50 percent of young adults say there are significant benefits to using the drug, including wieghtloss and increased happiness.
The Wyoming Meth Project is modeled after a national program. It was launched in June.
Laramie, Wyo. – The federal government took a step toward establishing a major commercial oil shale program today.
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne says public lands at home can help America shed its dependence on foreign oil. He says the US holds more than half of the world's oil shale resources, more than 800 billion barrels spread across Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.
"This region contains an amount of oil that is almost three times the proven reserves of Saudi Arabia, or Iran," he said.
Laramie, Wyo. – Supporters of hydrogen power say their clean-burning fuel should be running many vehicles in just a few years.
The Mountain States Hydrogen Business Council is hosting the conference, which is drawing experts from as far away as Israel and India. Conference chairman David Haberman says the message of the meeting is that hydrogen should be considered a fuel that can be used today.
Laramie, Wyo. – The state of Wyoming is once again flush with cash, thanks partly to stubbornly high natural gas prices.
Jim Robinson of the state Economic Analysis Division says Wyoming has $178 million more than it expected at the end of this fiscal year and that number will likely grow as the final taxes are tallied. He says prices at the Opal hub where Wyoming companies sell their gas have continued to be sky-high well into the summer.
Laramie, Wyo. – A man died Saturday on a float trip down the Laramie River.
Fifty-three-year-old Ronald Benabese died while floating the river on inner-tubes with four or five friends on Saturday afternoon.
The friends later told police that Benabese went under water about a mile north of the Optimist Park Greenbelt trailhead. Although they performed CPR on him, he was later pronounced dead at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.
Jackson, Wyo. – Jackson police are looking for a man who attacked a 17-year-old girl who was pushing a baby stroller in a city park on Monday.
Police say the girl was working as a nanny and was pushing an infant in a stroller in Miller Park when the man took her wallet and pushed her to the ground violently. Police say she hit her head and may have lost consciousness.