Laramie, WY – Outfitters and other outdoor enthusiasts are cheering Governor Dave Freudenthal's request to the federal government to cancel drilling leases in the Wyoming Range. The Governor wrote a letter urging the Interior Department to cancel nearly 45,000 acres of leases in the Range and reimburse the companies for any costs they incurred.
Outfitter Chuck Thornton has been guiding hunters in the Wyoming Range for eighteen years. He says the gas and oil development would hurt him.
Cheyenne, Wy – U-S District Court Judge Clarence Brimmer will once again hear arguments from the state of Wyoming over why the Clinton era rule that protects roadless areas should not be law. The state feels optimistic, since Judge Brimmer previously ruled in Wyoming's favor, saying that the Clinton rule violated the national environmental policy act and the Wilderness Act. The rule protects 50 million acres from road construction or development. Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal says the state opposes the Clinton rule because it takes power away from local areas
Cheyenne, Wy – As legislators struggle with trying to find the proper funding system for local government Governor Dave Freudenthal says something needs to be done this legislative session. Freudenthal realizes it is difficult to find the perfect funding system, but he says at the very least, local government needs to be funding fairly. But the Governor also wants money for community emergencies and other needs. He hopes lawmakers look at how to better the state and don't focus on the amount of money their local area might be getting.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Lander man who fired a gun at another vehicle during a road rage incident on Interstate 80. Norbert Robert Schultz of Lander was convicted two years ago of unlawful possession of a deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated assault. He opened fire on a pickup truck on I-80 in 2002.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Department of Game and Fish is urging motorists to drive more slowly this time of year. That's because it's a peak time for big game migration, and a peak time for wildlife-vehicle collisions. The department's Information Education Specialist Erin Smith says that as vegetation dries up for the winter, animals go down near roads for food where plants stay greener longer. Smith says the best way to prevent a collision is to be watchful and drive slow, especially in the early morning and at night.
Laramie, WY – A group representing highway patrol troopers nationwide says a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper may have been fired for working to create a law enforcement labor organization. Trooper Benjamin Peech was dismissed Oct. 9 after 10 years of service. Department of Transportation officials say there was no link between Peech's firing and his activities as president of the Wyoming Highway Patrol Association.
Laramie, WY – The Bureau of Reclamation is one step closer to deciding the future of recreation and private land use around Wyoming reservoirs. A public comment period ends today on a proposed rule change that could eliminate private grazing, cabins and boat docks on or near bodies of water like Alcova Reservoir. The bureau's John Lawson says the proposed changes have caught the public's attention, but he stresses that nothing is final yet.
Laramie, WY – School officials in Jackson are praising a proposed development for the amount of affordable housing it would provide - homes that teachers could afford.
The Teton County school board also likes how land in the Teton Meadows development would be set aside for a new elementary school.
All of the units in the development would be deed-restricted. Homeowners would not be allowed to own any other real estate and would have to be year-round residents and full-time employees in Teton County.