Laramie, Wy – Bureau of Land Management officials in Wyoming are struggling with a steep decline in Wild Horse adoptions. As the BLM considers a policy of euthanizing wild horses to deal with a nationwide overpopulation, Wyoming is facing a 70 percent decline in wild horse adoptions this year. Alan Shepherd heads the BLM's state program for wild horses and burros. He says most people just can't afford to keep a horse right now. Shepherd says, this fall, Wyoming will have about four hundred wild horses too many for the landscape to support.
Laramie, WY – Recently, western governors were shown how scientific data combined with mapping can be used to sort out such things as how energy development can impact wildlife corridors. It's just the latest way the Geospatial technology may be used to solve future problems. All this is exciting to the Jeff Hamerlinck who runs U-W's Geographic Information Science center. Hamerlinck says the ability to look at a problem and solve it with a global mapping system has been around for awhile. But the way people view it is different now.
Denver, Co – A federal appeals court in Denver has denied a Wyoming man's request for a new hearing on the issue of whether he should stand trial for shooting an eagle for use in his tribe's Sun Dance. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied the request from Winslow Friday of Ethete, Wyo. Friday had asked the full appeals court to review a May decision from a three-judge panel. The panel had overturned the decision of a federal judge in Wyoming who dismissed the criminal charge against Friday.
Washington, DC – A top U.S. Forest Service official says the agency must consider banning the Rainbow Family from Forest Service lands after a confrontation that led to the arrests of at least eight people. John Twiss, director of Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations in Washington D.C., said Monday that he was among the officers who responded last week when Rainbow Family members threw sticks and rocks at federal officers. The Forest Service says the incident started when officers tried
Gillette, Wy – The Wyoming parks department says a Gillette man was killed when he fell from a cliff at Keyhole State Park in northeastern Wyoming. State Parks spokesman Gary Schoene says 42-year-old Ross Garret Cleveringa stumbled and fell from a 50-foot cliff late Thursday night. Cleveringa was returning to his campsite after visiting with nearby campers when he fell into a shallow, rocky section of Coulter Bay in Keyhole Reservoir.
Laramie, Wy – A foundation has moved to Wyoming with the aim of helping some of the 80,000 uninsured people in the state to get health insurance. The CoverMe Foundation was founded in Kentucky. Founder Alec Shea and his wife moved to Laramie last fall. The organization links people with government-funded programs, community social services and private insurance. Shea says the program tries to find uninsured people before they incur medical costs. He says the program screens people for
Jackson, Wy – Over the past two decades, government agencies killed more than 6,000 wild bison leaving Yellowstone National Park. The goal is to contain a serious livestock disease the bison carry. But the crosshairs are shifting to a new target -- elk -- as the disease infects cattle in parts of Wyoming and Montana where bison haven't roamed for decades. The disease brucellosis causes pregnant cattle to abort their young. State officials say elk from infected herds around Yellowstone must be culled.
Dubois, Wy – A longtime critic of the state brucellosis management plan continues to blame ranchers. Robert Hoskins says ranchers should take more responsibility to reduce the disease. He wants feed grounds eliminated, so that elk would give birth in solitude and not spread the disease. Hoskins says that can be achieved if ranchers fence their cattle in for part of the year. "During the window of time when brucellosis can be transmitted between elk and cattle, late winter early spring, we need to have absolute physical separation between elk and cattle."
Cheyenne, Wy – The Governor says people need to plan for high heating costs. Natural gas companies say they plan on hiking heating costs substantially this year, possibly as high as 70 percent. For that reason, Governor Dave Freudenthal wants people to use the summer months to make their homes and businesses energy efficient. Freudenthal says the cost of natural gas at the Hub is double of what it was last year. He says the Wyoming Public Service Commission does not have the ability to regulate such increases.