Laramie, Wy – Farmers and ranchers in Wyoming could get an incentive to create conservation easements. This is when they agree to restrict development on their property and to keep it as a farm or a ranch. A bill before President Bush would give more tax money back to people in agriculture that do this. The executive director of the Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust, Glenn Pauley, says this may prevent some farmers and ranchers from selling land and subdividing it. Though many are struggling with finding alternative incomes other than subdividing.
Laramie, Wy – The state of Wyoming has filed notice that it intends to sue the federal government over last month's rejection of the state's wolf management plan. The state also plans to sue over the federal government's failure to act on the state's request to amend wolf management regulations. Wyoming has proposed a wolf management plan that generally calls for leaving the animals alone in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks while allowing trophy hunting for them in areas
Laramie, Wy – Two of the top ten places to live in the United States are in Wyoming. Bizjournals, a national publication, looked at towns with populations between 10 thousand and 50 thousand for standard of living and picked out Laramie and Jackson as two of the best. Project Editor, Scott Thomas, says Jackson had a terrible score for cost of housing, but still made the list because there is a lot of small businesses in the community and the per capita income is very high.
Jackson, Wy – The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will replace its outgoing Tram. The new 25 million dollar Tram will be up and running in 2008. Resort President Jerry Blann says a new restaurant and a new 100 passenger state of the art aerial tramway will both be built. Blann says they will need to do without a tram for two years. It replaces an old tram that was forced to shut down for safety reasons.
Casper, Wy – Proponents of building a large methamphetamine treatment center in Casper say the project could be built in the next few years. Mike Huston is executive director of the Central Wyoming Counseling Center. He says there's a need for counseling centers around the state, and says the planned Casper center could serve as a model for future construction. Huston and Casper Police Chief Tom Pagel last month unveiled plans for construction of the 100-bed facility, saying it could be built mostly through donations.