Wyoming – The Maori of New Zealand have successfully revitalized their language and culture, pulling it back from the brink of extinction. This week, Maori tribal members came from New Zealand to visit the University of Wyoming and share their story. Elsa Heidorn reports.
Laramie, WY – State leaders have long discussed diversifying the economy beyond oil and gas, but accomplishing that goal could take decades. Wyoming's population is growing at a rate of less than one-percent. The Wyoming Economic Analysis Division says that should continue in the foreseeable future, which means the state's population won't reach 1-million people until around the year 2070. U.W. historian Phil Roberts says the state has long talked about moving away from natural resources with little success.
Laramie, WY – Members of the Sigma Nu fraternity at the University of Wyoming are under investigation for drinking dangerous amounts of alcohol on campus. U.W. has temporarily suspended all Sigma Nu activities and revoked its status as a campus organization until a hearing is conducted. Sarah Axelson is the vice president for student affairs.
We have notified the parents of all the members of the fraternity because we want to make sure they are all aware this incident has occurred and we revoked their ability to operate, she said.
Laramie, WY – A near-record number of grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National park produced cubs this year. Wildlife biologists have counted 50 female grizzlies with cubs. That's second only to the 52 counted in 2002. Chuck Schwartz of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team says the numbers are not surprising after a year with good production of whitebark pine nuts. Grizzlies rely on those high-protein nuts. Schwartz says that with so many grizzlies bearing young this year, fewer will do so in 2008.
Laramie, WY – A 49-year-old Natrona County woman faces charges of embezzling money from an energy company. Documents filed in Natrona County District Court show that Tracy Schwartzkopf is charged with embezzling funds from Jonah Energy LLC, obtaining checks by false pretenses and forging wire transfers. Natrona County District Attorney Michael Blonigen says authorities are still investigating how much money is missing. Court papers say Jonah Energy representatives believe about $200,000 was taken.
Laramie, WY – A sheriff's deputy shot two pits bulls, killing one and wounding the other, during an encounter with the dogs in Cheyenne. Police say Sergeant Joe Hartigan had responded to a call that three pit bulls had cornered a man in a shed at his home in a residential neighborhood. Laramie County Sheriff's Department spokesman Gerry Luce says the pit bulls belonged to another neighbor. While Hartigan was looking for a way to get the man out of the shed, the dogs went after the deputy.
Laramie, WY – The Colorado Rockies own a two-games-to-none lead in the NL Division Series after Kaz Matsui launched a grand slam and drove in five runs in a 10-5 win at Philadelphia. Jimmy Rollins gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead with a solo homer and a two-run triple. But Matsui put the Rockies ahead to stay with his fourth-inning slam, then added an RBI triple in a four-run sixth that put Colorado in front 10-3. Matt Holliday homered for the second straight game and had two RBIs. Troy Tulowitzki also homered and Yorvit Torrealba drove in two runs in the rout.