Laramie, WY – The Bureau of Land Management is imposing partial fire restrictions in Carbon, Fremont, Albany, Laramie and Sweetwater counties as well as parts of Hot Springs and Natrona counties. The restrictions are to take effect at noon Tuesday. Under the partial restrictions, fires are prohibited except in designated recreation sites on federal lands and smoking is limited to areas clear of flammable materials. Fireworks are also disallowed.
Laramie, Wy – Just as firefighters contained a fire at the Wyoming National Guard's Camp Guernsey, a lightning-ignited wildfire in Albany County grew to 450 acres today (Monday). The Isabelle Fire in southwest Albany County was burning in conifer on national forest and private land about a mile south of Lake Owen, which is between the small communities of Albany and Foxpark. Two air tankers, three engines, a dozer and a hand crew were called in to fight the fire. More firefighters have been ordered.
Washington D-C – Wyoming U-S Senator Craig Thomas says the subcommittee on national parks that he chairs will hold a hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) on proposed new federal policies for managing the national park system. A draft of the new policy stresses that when there's a conflict between preserving and using natural and historical places, conservation will remain the parks' predominant job. It also says parks should aim for the highest clean air standard and keep lands eligible for wilderness designations free from snowmobiles, A-T-Vs
Laramie, WY – Wyoming education officials say that high school students and their families are trying to come up with ways to get the most money possible out of Wyoming's Hathaway Scholarship program. The program offers scholarships based on grades and A-C-T scores to graduating high school students who attend the University of Wyoming or the state's community colleges. The scholarships range from 800 dollars up to 16-hundred dollars a semester.
Laramie, WY – Park workers captured and killed a black bear at Yellowstone National Park over the weekend. This came after the bear raided campsites and charged at some tourists. The bear took food from picnic tables, tents, and coolers Saturday at the Canyon Campground. Park officials say he broke into one vehicle and walked on the tops of others, trying to get into the cars.
Laramie, WY – Officials at Yellowstone National Park say a woman died Saturday after she lost her footing and fell 500 feet to her death in a canyon. The 52-year-old woman was visiting the park with her husband and two children. Park officials said her husband flagged down a passing motorist, who called 911 after the accident Saturday at an overlook along the Yellowstone River. The woman is apparently from Michigan. It was the second fatal accident in Yellowstone this year. In February, a woman was killed in a snowmobile accident.
Laramie, WY – U-S Senator Craig Thomas says national forest land in Wyoming should be off-limits to drilling for oil and gas as a general rule. Thomas said national forests have been set aside as areas with special scenic, recreational and historic qualities. Even though the land has been leased, he said there should not be drilling there.