Cheyenne, Wy – Police have arrested 35 people on drug charges following an investigation into distribution of methamphetamine in Wyoming. John Powell is spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne. Powell released a statement saying the investigation involved groups trafficking in methamphetamine in southwestern and central Wyoming, including Riverton, Rock Springs, Green River, Casper and La Barge. The statement says the groups also operated in other areas of Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and Mexico.
Laramie, WY – Five conservation groups have filed a lawsuit to stop coalbed methane development in the Atlantic Rim area of the Red Desert. The area is viewed as a sensitive wildlife area and the groups contend that the two thousand well development approved by the Bureau of Land Management could cause serious damage to the area. The Wyoming Outdoor Council's Bruce Pendry says that at one time, the B-L-M was considering more reasonable options. But he says the plan they approved won't work.
Laramie, WY – Wyoming students continue to show improvement in education test scores. In what is called nation's report care the National Assessment of educational progress Wyoming 4th and 8th graders are out performing their peers and are showing improvement in areas such as math and reading. State Superintendent Jim McBride notes that even the students who were underperforming are doing better.
Laramie, WY – Governor Dave Freudenthal says rural subdivisions must shoulder some of the blame for declining sage grouse habitats. In a press conference the governor discussed the recommendations of a state panel charged with making proactive suggestions to prevent the bird from being listed as endangered. Among the recommendations was giving counties more authority to regulate subdivisions under 640 acres in sage grouse habitat. Freudenthal says something must be done about rural development.
Laramie, WY – The cost to U-S taxpayers of protecting private homes from wildfire is estimated to be around one-billion dollars every year. Now a study from Headwaters Economics shows that number could more than double as building continues. Director Ray Rasker says only 4 percent of private land near public forests in Wyoming has been developed. That suggests there is a lot more development to come, but Rasker says federal fire-fighting budgets to protect homes across the West are already strained.
Laramie, WY – The conference is the brainchild of the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming. It's aimed at helping businesses become more innovative in everything from marketing to sustainability. The three-day event begins Wednesday and will feature speakers, panels and vendors. Brandon Marshall of the Wyoming Business Council says lessons learned at the expo will benefit businesses - and Wyoming.
Cheyenne, Wy – A panel is set to issue its recommendations this week on how to preserve and improve sage grouse numbers and habitat in Wyoming. The Sage Grouse Implementation Team is made up of representatives from federal and state agencies, conservation groups, energy companies and private landowners. The panel meets tomorrow (Monday) in Cheyenne to go over about 20 recommendations that it was tentatively scheduled to present to Governor Freudenthal on Tuesday. The recommendations likely will include improved grazing