Laramie, Wy – Sheridan County in northern Wyoming has seen an abundance of mineral wealth from the production of coal-bed methane. Officials with coal-bed methane companies say wells could produce for another ten to 20 years or so if the market remains strong. But, some in the community are thinking about the end of the boom Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey says the city can survive as long as a "soft landing" takes place.
Laramie, Wy – Today is the 25 year anniversary of the discovery of blackfooted ferrets. A species thought then to be extinct. It all started when a ranch dog in northwestern Wyoming brought home a black-footed ferret, proving that the species wasn't extinct and setting of what some see as among the most effective species recovery efforts in the country. After the find by the dog researchers found a colony of ferrets -- some 129 of them living nearby. But an outbreak of canine distemper killed all but 18 before they could be captured for a captive breeding program.
Laramie, Wy – A three-week wait just to see a doctor is something people in Gillette have to deal with. A study done by Campbell County Memorial Hospital found that Gillette is short about 11 primary care physicians. That means the community needs 11 more doctors either in family practice or internal medicine just to meet the current population needs. Doctor Jim Naramore says it's tough on patients to have to wait that long. But, he says, it's tough on doctors, too.
Wyoming – Wyoming landowners say industry isn't compensating them fairly when it comes to eminent domain, but industry representatives argue they're paying much more for private land than it's actually worth.
Wyoming – The National Park Service wants to help even more visitors make use of the park. So this week, the Service issued a long-awaited transportation plan for Grand Teton including 42 miles of pathways.
Wyoming – A federal district court in California handed environmental groups a victory this week when it said no roads may be built in roadless forest areas. But that may not be the last word on the controversy.