Jackson , Wy – Teton County Commissioners are considering putting a moratorium on large housing developments until a new land-use plan is in place. County Commissioner Hank Phibb says that recently developers have proposed several large subdivisions just before the community decides how it wants the land used.
Denver, Co – A federal appeals court says that a Northern Arapaho man convicted in state court of murder in the 2004 beating death of his infant daughter should be allowed to make a new argument in federal court. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Friday that Andrew John Yellowbear Jr. is entitled to make another pitch in federal district court in Wyoming that he shouldn't have been prosecuted by the state. Yellowbear claims that the state lacked jurisdiction over the girl's killing because it occurred in
Cheyenne, Wy – A single mother who once had her kids taken from her has been named this year's National Woman of Triumph award winner. The award honors those who have overcome significant barriers to employment. Cheyenne's Carla Young was in prison three years ago and when she got out Young took a job that paid six dollars and 50-cents an hour. After getting training in Wyoming's Climb program Young has since gotten a job that has more then doubled her salary. She says the best thing is that she provides for her kids in new ways.
Cheyenne, Wy – A spokesman for F.E. Warren Air Force Base says it appears that no one at the Cheyenne base was responsible for ICBM components being shipped to Taiwan. The parts were electrical fuses for the nose cones of ballistic missiles. The fuses originated at F.E. Warren and were shipped to a warehouse at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. F.E. Warren spokesman Sgt. Kurt Arkenberg says it appears that everything was fine until the parts got to Hill. Somehow, the parts then got sent to Taiwan instead of some helicopter batteries in
Jackson, Wyoming – The Fall Creek elk herd south of Jackson has grown to a record 55-hundred animals. The Wyoming Game and Fish says that's one thousand elk over the objective for a healthy ecosystem. Spokesman Mark Gocke says one problem with thinning the herd is that much of their range is inaccessible. "It involves a lot of wilderness getting an elk out is no small chore." Gocke says another factor is that there's been a lack of fall snow, which can push elk onto easier hunting grounds in the lower elevations.
Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming is no exception to a national trend that's seeing spring creeping earlier on the calendar each year.
Scientists say seasonal timing changes are evident in nearly every state as flowers bloom and wildlife emerge earlier than in decades past. In Wyoming, researchers say melting snowpack is an indicator of the early onset of spring.
State climatologist Steve Gray says snow has been melting and running off into streams as much as four to eight weeks earlier than the historical average.
Cheyenne, WY – The nation's largest drug-testing company reports that fewer Wyoming workers posted positive results for the use of methamphetamine in 2007 than in the two previous years.
Jennifer de Vallance is press secretary for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. She says that Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index provided information for the study, which was released by the White House.
Laramie, WY – An economic survey of rural bankers says that growth fell to a record low in Wyoming and nine other western states over the past month. The survey is seen as a measure of how the agriculture industry is doing.
Jim Krall is a crop researcher for the University of Wyoming who works in Goshen County. He says the ongoing drought is the main reason for the economic pain in eastern part of the state.
Laramie,Wy – University of Wyoming instructor Christopher Rothfuss has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Mike Enzi. The 35-year-old Rothfuss has a doctoral degree in chemical engineering and says he hopes to bring the perspective of a scientist to the predominantly lawyer-based Senate. He says there is no one in the Senate now with his scientific background. Rothfuss says the issues most important to him are energy, health care, the right to bear arms, education and withdrawal from Iraq.