Laramie, Wy – Wyoming and Montana are enjoying a relatively calm wildfire season so far this summer. Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser and Montana State Forester Bob Harrington report fewer fires and less acreage burned this year. They cite good late spring and early summer moisture and fewer dry lightning storms. Crapser says there was little fire activity in the state until mid-July. Normally, the fire season starts in mid-June. Montana State forester Bob Harrington says the state has spent
Laramie, Wy – Fire suppression and global warming are being blamed for the intensity and growth in western fires. The National Wildlife Federation says in its 2008 report on forest fires that the impact of global warming has been great. During a news conference, the organization's Climate Scientist Amanda Staudt says recent fire suppression has also allowed too many trees to remain setting up dangerous levels of fuel for fire to burn. She says it's also helped spur bark beetle populations. Staudt says the country needs to rethink its strategy in managing fires.
Washington, DC – The Federal Highway Administration says driving by Americans dropped sharply in June, just as the summer travel season was beginning.
Americans drove 12.2 billion fewer miles in June 2008 than they did in June of last year.
That was the biggest monthly drop in a downward driving trend that began in November, as soaring gas prices started to pinch consumers. Overall, Americans drove 53.2 billion fewer miles November through June than they did over the same eight-month period a year earlier.
Laramie, WY – Researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory have figured out a way to cheaply produce a new technology that could be an energy solution of the future. Scientist Steven Novack says his lab can create plastic sheets covered by billions of tiny antennas. The antennas collect heat, which could be used to produce electricity.
Laramie, WY – If you think you've heard this story before, don't worry. You have.
Yesterday's decision by U-S District Judge Clarence Brimmer, to overturn a ban on road construction in nearly 60 million acres of national forest, is the latest installment in a battle that goes back to the final days of the Clinton administration.
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