Laramie, Wy – Next week the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service will put in place the rules that will allow states to manage wolves prior to them being removed from the endangered species list. It will allow Wyoming kill wolves that are harming wildlife numbers. Environmental groups predict some 600 wolves will die because of the rule. But U-S Fish and Wildlife Wolf recovery coordinator Ed Bangs says that is overstated. He says wolf kills will be small in number. Bangs adds that the rules will guide states if the delisting issue ends up in court.
Washington D-C – Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi is angry after being passed over for a seat on the Senate Finance Committee, the powerful panel that oversees taxes and other spending issues. Enzi, a Republican, said earlier this month that it was his ``dream'' to serve on the panel. He had hoped to fill an empty GOP seat on the committee that opened when Mississippi Senator Trent Lott resigned in December.
Washington, DC – A U-S Senate committee is taking a crack at reforming an age old mining law. The law would regulate mining on federal land and some want regulations strengthened. Senator John Barrasso is on the committee that is discussing updating the law that was last approved in 1872. But he wants to proceed cautiously and not burden existing operators. Barrasso fears that going too far would cause some consequences. Barrasso wants a bill that not only does not cost jobs, but actually helps the economy. He says he is especially interested in how in might benefit Wyoming.
Casper, Wyo – A state economist says that new employment figures suggest that a major downturn in Wyoming's economy remains unlikely even as investors remain nervous about the possibility of a nation recession.
David Bullard is senior economist for the Research and Planning Section of the Wyoming Department of Employment.
Bullard says the state's job growth was the second fastest in the country last month. And he says the state's unemployment rate was virtually tied with South Dakota and Idaho for lowest in the nation.