Laramie, WY – Wyoming's political leaders were hoping that the federal government would simply pay the nearly $580 million in Abandoned Mine Land funds that it owes the state, but it appears that's not going to happen.
Rawlins, WY – A federal judge has denied a request by conservation groups to stop coal-bed methane drilling in the Atlantic Rim area in south-central Wyoming.
The judge in Washington, D.C., denied a preliminary injunction against the Bureau of Land Management because the conservation groups failed to show that they were likely to succeed or that they face irreparable harm.
Washington, DC – Payments to rural counties that once depended on federal timber money to fund schools and libraries would continue for four years under an energy bill that Congress is considering.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said it would mean hundreds of millions more dollars for Oregon for schools, public safety, roads and other services and get counties back to stable funding so they can plan for the future.
Laramie, WY – The Department of Transportation says backcountry skiers have been clogging one area of Teton Pass with poorly parked cars. The department's Theresa Herbin says people have been taking up two parking spaces in the designated parking lot, which tempts others to park on the side of the road, which causes safety hazards from not having the shoulders for emergency uses.
Cody, Wy – The National Park Service plans to hold its first meeting with Wyoming officials later this month to try to find ways to keep Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park open for snowmobiles. Park Service Regional Director Mike Snyder last month announced that his agency would use cannons and helicopters this winter to keep Sylvan Pass open this winter. The pass is on the east side of the park. For following winters, Snyder says his agency would allow snowmobiles only when forecasting indicates snow conditions are
Cheyenne, Wy – A ruling by a federal judge in Idaho means the federal government may be reconsidering special protections for the greater sage grouse. If that happens, Wyoming Game and Fish Department Deputy Director John Emmerich says he hopes the work Wyoming and other states are doing to help the bird will lead to the conclusion that it's not endangered. Fearing federal protections would shut off millions of acres to livestock grazing and energy development, states have undertaken
Laramie, Wy – Four suspended University of Wyoming students are suing the university in federal court. The students contend the school violated their constitutional rights during an investigation into a drinking incident at their Sigma Nu fraternity. Filing the suits are Remington Burley and Elijsha Eckhardt, both of Gillette, Garrett Ricks, of Douglas, and John Whitmire, of Georgia. They have been suspended until the end of the fall 2008 semester. The university also suspended all Sigma Nu activities and
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Wildlife Trust Fund granted 3.2 million dollars to 27 projects across the state.
The goals range from restoring Aspen in the Wyoming Range to ripping out invasive cheat grass in Thunder Basin.
Todd Heward of the Medicine Bow Conservation District says he jumped up and down when he found out that his project had been chosen for a $100,000 grant. The project is an attempt to remove a plant called salt cedar, also known as Tamarisk, from the area near Seminoe Reservoir.