Laramie, WY – Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer will take his bison complaints to Washington, DC next week, to testify before the House subcommittee that oversees national parks. Schweitzer says he'll ask for money to help establish some kind of "buffer zone" for bison around Yellowstone National Park. He also plans to tell the subcommittee that the federal government needs to reform how it manages bison, to reduce the risk of brucellosis spreading to cattle herds in Montana.
Laramie, WY – More people rode snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park this winter than in the past several years. But even the busiest day didn't approach the daily limit of 720 snowmobiles allowed in the park. On average, 299 snowmobiles entered the park between December and March 11th, when the winter season ended. Last year the average was 253. The busiest day this season was December 28th, when 542 snowmobiles entered. That's well below the daily limit of 720, that's been in place since 2004.
Laramie, WY – The dynasty that is the University of Wyoming Nordic ski team continues. The women's team won the national championship last week. That's the third championship in four years. Co-coach Christi Boggs says going in they knew the team was strong. The men's team also did well, finishing second and only trailing the winner by a single point. The coaches also point out the men won the relay event for the first time ever in a very close race. Boggs says Wyoming's racer only led at the finish by a toe.
Laramie, WY – Kemmer and Diamondville area residents should boil all water for cooking, drinking and brushing teeth. Lincoln county homeland security coordinator Georgia Walton says the problem is run-off seeping into the city water supply causing minor contamination. Walton says the weather warmed so quickly that it caused early melting and sent so much run-off so quickly into the kemmer city reservoir that it overwhelmed the treatment plant. Walton says Kemmer may not be the only area to face the problem this spring.