Laramie, Wyo – Landowners donated conservation easements in record numbers last year to protect their land from future development.
The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming received more than 11-thousand acres of land in 2007. Associate State Director Paula Hunker says much of it was adjacent to public land, or already-donated private lands. She says that means large areas are now protected from subdivisions and other threats.
Cheyenne, Wyo – A number of property tax relief bills are being prepared for the coming legislative session.
They will join Governor Freudenthal's proposed constitutional amendment to give senior citizens a break on their property taxes.
I think everyone knows we need to do something," Gov. Freudenthal said in a press conference. "The background noise in the legislature is, we ought to amend the constitution, but we probably shouldn't support that because that's what the governor wants to do.
Billings, MT – In federal and state courtrooms across the country, environmental groups are putting coal-fueled power plants on trial. They hope to slow the industry's biggest construction boom in decades.
An Associated Press tally shows at least four dozen coal plants are being contested in 29 states, including two in Wyoming.
The targeted utilities include giants like Peabody Energy and American Electric Power, as well as small rural co-ops.
Afton, Wy – An avalanche expert says the slide that killed three men in Lincoln County on Saturday was a thirty- to fifty-year event. Bob Comey is an Avalanche forecaster for Bridger-Teton National Forest. "There were a lot of trees in the debris, of various size. There were a lot of small trees, some medium size, and some larger trees and when you get up into these elevations, trees take a long time to grow." The three men who died were experienced snowmobilers who knew the area well.
Cheyene, Wy – The Wyoming Supreme Court today (Tuesday) heard arguments on the first of three pending appeals from a Campbell County man convicted in tangled series of crimes that left two young people dead in 2005. Kent Alan Proffit Senior is appealing his conviction on murder and conspiracy charges in the death of 19-yer-old Jeremy Forquer. Proffit is serving a sentence of life without parole in the killing.
Billings, MT – Five congressmen from the House Natural Resources Committee want to delay a plan to remove gray wolves in the Northern Rockies from the federal endangered species list.
In a letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, the congressmen wrote that states ``hostile to wolf conservation'' could reduce today's 1,500 wolves to ``as few as 300'' if the predators lose protected status.