Cheyenne, Wy – The State Game and Fish department says a lot more data crunching has to happen before a final energy drilling policy is made for the Powder River Basin. Yesterday the Bureau of Land Management said it would put off approving more than one gas well per 500 acres in certain areas because of dwindling sage grouse. John Emmerich is the Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He says this is just a starting point balanced approach to both sage grouse and energy in that area.
Jackson, Wy – The next time you ski in Teton County it will be smoke free. Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King have all agreed to go smoke free throughout their resorts. Teton County Tobacco Prevention Manager Julia Heemstra says it is important to note that all three resorts volunteered to be smoke free. Heemstra says no other resorts in the country have passed such comprehensive smoke free policies. Bridger-Teton Forest officials also hope that the policy will cut down on the numbers of forest fires that are caused by improper cigarette disposal.
Wyoming – The National Weather service hopes that Laramie's tornado proves that they can occur in Wyoming. Bob Beck speaks with Andy Church of the National Weather Service about how to stay safe in a tornado.
Wyoming – A group at the University of Wyoming is looking at the link between how pregnant women eat and the health of their babies. Addie Goss reports that sheep can tell us a lot about the obesity epidemic in America.
Wyoming – Child Advocates say that Wyoming is dealing with far too many cases of child abuse, and Charlene Smith of Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming says that many cases are due to ignorance. She tells Bob Beck that abuse can be prevented.
Wyoming – Colton Bryant was an energetic, goofy-looking Evanston guy in his 20's. He idolized his father, he loved hunting and he was never good in school. Bryant was killed on Valentine's Day, 2006 when he fell from a platform on a rig. Alexandra Fuller has written his biography, and with it a portrait of the human costs of the energy boom. She discusses it with Elsa Partan.
Wyoming – This week, professional photographers have been flying around in an airplane and driving around the Pinedale area to capture scenes of natural beauty and industrial development. It's the first time the International League of Conservation Photographers has done a project in the United States. Christina Mittermeier founded the conservation photographers group. She discusses the project with Elsa Partan.