Saratoga, Wy – The Department of Defense says a soldier from Saratoga has been killed in Iraq. The military announced Wednesday that Staff Sgt. Tyler E. Pickett died Sunday in Kirkuk Province. He was killed by enemy forces using an improvised explosive device. Pickett was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
Cheyenne, Wy – This year's Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Wyoming has the nation's second-highest rate of locking up juveniles and jails nearly three-quarters of those youths for nonviolent offenses. Only South Dakota has a higher rate of locking up juveniles. Juvenile services officials say it's past time for Wyoming to improve those numbers. The director of Wyoming's Department of Family Services, Tony Lewis, says Wyoming needs more local programs focused on keeping
Gillette, Wy – The Governor got some good news from the Bureau of Land Management. In a letter, the B-L-M told the Governor that it will focus its efforts to protect sage grouse on between 200-thousand and 400-thousand acres of critical habitat the state has identified in the Powder River Basin. Freudenthal says that Wyoming has robust populations of sage grouse that live on the same land that holds world-class energy deposits. He says the state needs to protect the birds while helping to meet the nation's energy needs.
Gillette, Wy – A conservation group is praising a report by the state geologist that calls for limited coalbed methane gas development in areas where it could produce a lot of water. Water gets discharged during C-B-M development. Steve Jones of the Wyoming Outdoor Council fears that a lot of the water is being wasted. He would prefer that it be returned underground by re-injecting it. The U-S Senate sponsored legislation that would fund pilot studies on how to use C-B-M water more effectively.
Laramie, WY – Off-road vehicle users are causing serious damage to the Thunder Basin National Grassland near Gillette as well as the Big Horn and Black Hills National Forests. So Forest Service officials are going public in an effort to reduce the damage.
Douglas Ranger District Recreation Manager Marcia Rose-Ritchie says the all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles are damaging grazing land and causing erosion throughout the area.