Buffalo, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management has set aside about one-million acres in the Powder River Basin as sage grouse focus areas. It's part of a four-year effort to revise the Buffalo Field Office management plan and balance wildlife protections with energy development. The B-L-M's Chris Hanson says oil and gas companies cannot drill more than one well per 640 acres unless they can prove the development will not harm sage grouse populations. "We believe the majority of coal-bed methane development will happen outside of these areas.
Laramie, Wy – The Secretary of State's office looked into campaign literature today (Wednesday) that was sent to Wyoming residents by U-S House Candidate Cynthia Lummis. Secretary Max Maxfield says the state Republican Party approached his office after the Lummis campaign sent correspondence to voters stamped with the return address of G-O-P headquarters. Maxfield says it is illegal for a state party to participate in the primary election. Meanwhile, Lummis Spokeswoman Annaliese Wiederspahn says the mistaken labels were nothing more than a typo.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming high school graduates who completed a core curriculum of classes did far better on the A-C-T than those who didn't. Students who did the core curriculum scored a 22-point-three on average. Those who didn't got an average of 19-point-seven. The University of Wyoming's Rollin Abernethy says more students took the test this year than last year, but many of those people were not prepared. More students that haven't really taken the courses, their performance is not at the same level as those that took the courses.
Washington, D-C – The U.S. Forest Service says it's reviewing a federal judge's ruling to overturn a 7-year-old ban on road building and logging in nearly a third of national forest land. Spokesman Joe Walsh said Wednesday that Forest Service lawyers are considering the implications and the agency's response to the ruling issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of Wyoming. Brimmer overturned the federal government's "roadless rule," saying it was enacted in violation of the National Environmental
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming residents who heat their homes with natural gas are in for some big bills this winter. Figures released by the state Public Service Commission show natural gas rates will increase an average of 32 percent statewide this winter. Most people in Wyoming heat their residential homes with natural gas. PSC secretary and chief counsel Chris Petrie says rates change every day but it's likely people will be paying more this winter than last winter mainly because of the higher price for natural gas
Cheyenne, Wyo. – With just days to go before the Wyoming primary, two Republican candidates vying for the state's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives are turning up the heat with negative ads.
A TV commercial paid for by the campaign of Mark Gordon implies fellow candidate Cynthia Lummis would worsen the nation's problems if elected. The ad shows a little girl in a sandbox digging herself into a hole.
Wyoming – Addie Goss reports part two of our series on workers compensation issues. Some workers say their treatments are being put on hold while the workers compensation division investigates their claims.