Jackson, Wy – Five conservation groups say they have filed a lawsuit to stop the federal government from feeding elk on Wyoming's National Elk Refuge. The groups say that by feeding an estimated 7,500 elk every winter, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has turned the refuge into a breeding ground for diseases that can harm both wildlife and livestock. Jeff Welsch with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition said a lawsuit demanding a stop to the feeding was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.
Cody, Wy – A group of state and federal officials has agreed to recommend that the National Park Service keep Sylvan Pass open during the winter to provide an entry into Yellowstone National Park. The regional director of the National Park Service issued a decision late last year that the federal agency would stop winter maintenance of the pass. The pass leads to the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park and rises to an elevation of 8,530 feet. The Park Service had proposed closing the pass in the winter to
Wyoming – In just a few months, the world's best athletes will descend on Beijing for the 2008 summer Olympics. Some of those athletes are still pushing the limits of their physical endurance to qualify for the U-S team. That includes a few young swimmers from the University of Wyoming. Peter O'Dowd has the story.
Wyoming – South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius won a significant victory in court this month, and a University of Wyoming professor helped. UW assistant professor of biomechanics Matt Bundle was on the team of scientists that made the case that his prosthetic legs do not give him an unfair advantage. An Elsa Partan interview.
Laramie, WY – One possible solution to Wyoming's worker shortage is to use recently older or recently retired workers who are hoping to change careers. Wyoming is starting to see larger numbers of these types of workers. State Workforce Services Director Joan Evans says that for employers to take advantage of this growing population, they need to make their jobs more flexible. She mentions a recent discussion with an older worker who was considering a job.
Gillette, Wy – Federal investigators say it may be months before they determine what caused the collapse of a massive crane that injured three workers at a coal mine in northeastern Wyoming. Two ironworkers remain hospitalized at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. One man is listed in critical condition, and the other in stable condition. Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration spokesman Bill Denning says investigators were on the scene Monday. He says it will take months for the agency to reach conclusions about the
Gillette, Wy – A tornado touched down briefly in Gillette on Monday afternoon but caused little damage. Campbell County emergency management coordinator Dave King said the twister came down in the Foothills Subdivision on the west side of town after 3 p.m. King said the twister blew down a fence and some siding but that was about it. He said several people reported funnel clouds east and west of town.
Casper, Wy – Tuesday dozens of restaurants across Wyoming will donate a portion of the day's profits to combat hunger in the state. Director of Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, Diane DeLozier, says Wyoming's strong economy can hide the fact that 53-thousand people here live in poverty and pressures on them are growing with rising food and gas prices. She says the proceeds from tomorrow's event will go to stocking about 2-hundred food banks and after-school programs across the state, so she urges people to dine out.