Billings, MT – Several hundred bison will be hazed back into Yellowstone National Park beginning Wednesday and lasting for several weeks, under a program to prevent the spread of a livestock disease.
Park spokesman Al Nash said the hazing will be done differently than last year, when hazed animals kept pushing back out of the park and into areas where cattle range. That stoked fears among the livestock industry that the bison could transmit brucellosis, a disease that causes cows to abort their young.
Laramie, WY – U.S. Senator John Barrasso reacted to the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species by saying that it could be economically devastating to Wyoming and the nation.
But Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne said that the decision should not be used to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, power plants, and other sources. Polar bears are the first species affected by global warming to be protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Laramie, WY – State officials are pressuring Exxon Mobil to put more carbon dioxide into pipelines and less of it into the air.
At a hearing in Casper on Tuesday Governor Dave Freudenthal told Exxon that he believes CO2 from the Shute Creek gas plant is marketable because oil companies are searching for carbon dioxide they can use. They want to inject it into oil fields to increase production.
Laramie, Wyo. – The chairman of the Wyoming State Board of Education says the board will try to clarify the rules for starting a charter school at its next meeting. Jim Lowham says important parts of the rulebook are too vague.
It would help if we could clarify the process so that people who wish to start a charter school have a better laid out path to get that done," Lowham says.