Laramie, WY – Climate change might be affecting the behavior of big game animals in the Rocky Mountain West. The US Geological Survey is looking for connections between changing snow pack and animal behaviors like feeding and migration.
USGS disease ecologist Paul Cross says climate change is already shaping Wyoming's landscape: "What we've seen in the Jackson Pinedale region is snowpack's almost 50 percent down in January from what it was in 1950."
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a Gillette man's convictions for murder and conspiracy in the death of a teenager who was strangled and dumped by the side of an interstate highway in 2005.
The court on Wednesday rejected an appeal from Kent Alan Proffit, Sr. He's serving life in prison without parole in the death of Jeremy Forquer, 19.
The Wyoming Supreme Court last week also upheld Proffit's separate conviction of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of another teenager.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management recently published its long-range plan for Pinedale.
It increases the amount of land that cannot be drilled by 150 percent, to nearly 440-thousand acres.
Kathleen Sgamma with the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States says that was a bad idea.
"When you take something off the table, you don't necessarily know how much you're taking off," Sgamma says. "You can't really prove up a resource until you start to drill some wells and do some exploration."
St. Paul, MN – It was supposed to be a week full of parties and speeches. Instead it is becoming a week full of prayer and uncertainty. On Monday Wyoming delegates met at a British pub in Minneapolis. The Gulf Coast families were very much on their minds. Randi Craig is a registered nurse from Sheridan: The party and the celebrating will come whenever is okay in the south and gulf states. We want to make sure that is a priority.
Grand Teton, WY – A lack of funding has the Superintendent of Grand Teton National Park concerned. Mary Gibson Scott says the greatest worry comes in the area of deferred maintenance where the park has needs of roughly 125 million dollars.
Gibson Scott says Grand Teton has half the funding of places like Grand Canyon and Yosemite, despite having the same numbers of visitors.