Riverton, Wy – Those planning on doing a lot of hunting this fall might want to purchase ammunition sooner then later. That is because Ammunition prices are expected to increase by as much as 15 percent across the country. At Riverton's High Country Sporting Goods, Dennis Mazet says he has been told to expect increases after September first. He notes that price hikes have been going on for a couple of years now and he does not expect that to change anytime soon. Mazet doubts the increases will have any impact on hunting this fall.
Laramie, WY – A federal appeals court has upheld a ban on rock climbing at Lake Tahoe's Cave Rock, rejecting arguments by a climbing advocacy group that the ban enacted by the U.S. Forest Service was unconstitutional.
The ruling by a three-judge panel dismissed claims by The Access Fund, a Colorado-based climbers group, challenging the policy adopted by the Forest Service in 2003 as part of an updated management plan.
Cave Rock, a volcanic outcropping on Tahoe's east shore that spans U.S. 50, is considered sacred ground to the Washoe Tribe.
Laramie, WY – Attorney General Pat Crank says papers have been filed in a federal district court this week that would allow hunting bison on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson. Meanwhile, a hunt scheduled for Saturday was delayed because a nine-year federal ban wasn't lifted in time. Refuge Manager Steve Kallin says the 12-hundred bison that come to the refuge to graze on alfalfa pellets must be contained.
Laramie, WY – The Interior Department has granted more than half a million dollars for projects at Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
The money hasn't been handed over yet, but Congress is expected to approve the department's Centennial Initiative, which would grant about 1 billion dollars for national parks over the next several years.
Laramie, WY – Some 35 students from across the country will be taking classes at Wyoming's new four year college. After three years, Wyoming Catholic College becomes a reality September 3rd when it opens its doors in Lander. The college offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum.
Father Bob Cook is the College President and he says everyone affiliated with the school is excited to get the doors open.
Jackson, Wy – Two presidential hopefuls swung through the state this week. Democrat Bill Richardson and Republican Mitt Romney were in Jackson shaking hands with locals and filling the war chest for the battle ahead.