Lovell, Wy – A white-tailed deer killed by a hunter west of Lovell has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it's the first occurrence of chronic wasting disease in that area. Chronic wasting disease is a deadly neurological disease that occurs in elk and deer. The disease has been spreading eastward and westward since it first appeared in southern Wyoming and in Colorado a few decades ago. There are no known cases of chronic wasting disease being spread
Casper, Wy – Warm weather is chilling natural gas prices in Wyoming. Wholesale natural gas prices in Wyoming fell again this week after several weeks of moving toward the national average. The Wyoming Pipeline Authority reported that gas brought just 26 cents per thousand cubic feet at the hub at Opal and $1.48 at the Cheyenne Hub. Those figures mean that Wyoming gas sold on the daily price index on Friday brought only 12 percent of the price at the Henry Hub in Louisiana.
Rapid City, South Dakota – Organizations form Wyoming, Colorado and South Dakota met in Rapid City on Saturday to plan strategies for battling environmental threats caused by uranium mining. Wyoming's Powder River Basin Resource Council is joining with Coloradoans Against Resource Destruction and South Dakota's Defenders of the Black Hills to protect areas in the adjoining states from uranium mining.
The biggest concern in northeast Wyoming, says Resource Council spokesperson Shannon Anderson, is from the Canadian-based Powertech Uranium Corporation.
Laramie, WY – For the first time since 1999, more than 3 million people have visited Yellowstone National Park in a single year.
According to figures released this week, 3,115,572 visitors had passed through the park's gates by the end of last month. That's more than 8 percent more than last year through October.
The latest figures for October show a 4.7 decrease from the same month last year, but that comes after a busy summer. On average, from June through September this year, Yellowstone visitation was up 10.3 percent.
Cheyenne, Wy – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to make campaign stops in Gillette, Riverton and Cheyenne on Nov. 18. Romney plans to appear at the Flightline building at the Gillette airport, then at Riverton Middle School later in the afternoon. He will wrap up at Little America in Cheyenne. Wyoming's Republicans will have one of the nation's earliest primary season events next year. The GOP county caucuses are set for Jan. 5, two days after the Iowa GOP caucuses and three days
Laramie, WY – Encana Oil and Gas says there's no truth to the rumor that the company plans to drill 500 gas wells near Pavillion, Wyoming. Area activist Deb Thomas alleged that the company is planning the development nearby. But Encana spokesman Randy Teeuwen says that's not true.
"The Pavillion field is a mature gas field, and Encana has not drilled any wells in the Pavillion field in 2007 and we have no plans to drill in that field in 2008," he said.