Laramie, Wy – Right now it's not possible to tell if the Endangered Species Act works. That's in a report from the Government Accountability Office the congressional watchdog. The report says the agencies in charge of the Act do not provide enough information about recovery efforts. The G-A-O's director of Natural Resources and Environment, Robin Nazarro, says primarily there needs to be an estimate of the time and cost of recovering a species. And until then they won't be able to tell if the Endangered Species Act is an effective way to save animals and plants.
Lander, WY – Prescribed burns are designed to reduce the risk of wildfires and protect homes near forests. But a prescribed burn near Lander this weekend got away from Forest Service personnel and has destroyed four structures. Fire Information Officer Pam Wilson says two of those were summer homes and she was still waiting on more information about the other two structures. According to the Associated Press, homeowners are accusing the Forest Service of incompetence saying the agency left the burn unattended.
Laramie, Wy – A new report by the Public Interest Research Group shows that all states, including Wyoming, may have trouble recruiting social workers and teachers. The report says about 35 percent of all graduates could not survive on the starting salaries offered to Wyoming teachers and social workers because of debt from student loans. Cory Nadler is an organizer with the group that did this report. He says all efforts to give out scholarships based on need will help alleviate this situation and he compliments Wyoming for creating the Hathaway Scholarship.
Laramie, Wy – A ghost town in southwestern Wyoming is starting to grow. Opal has 105 residents and is listed on ghosttowns.com. But, is surrounded by the booming natural gas industry. Recently it won a 150-thousand dollar downtown development grant from the Wyoming Business Council to build a convenience store. And Williams Companies is planning on expanding its natural gas processing plant that sits just a few miles outside of Opal this summer.
Laramie, Wy – While state officials continue to fight to get their wolf recovery plan accepted by the Federal government a candidate for the U-S Senate thinks it might be time to move on. During an interview in Laramie Democrat Dale Groutage was asked if is time that the state stop pursuing the issue in court. Groutage says he thinks so, saying that it is time that the issue gets resolved, so that ranchers can get help from wolf management.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Wyoming Air National Guard sergeant will receive a national honor for her service during hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. Staff Sergeant Heather Schaffer was selected for the Air Force Association Team of the Year Award for 2006. Schaffer is with Wyoming's 153rd Services Flight based in Cheyenne. She's one of five Airmen selected from Air Force units around the world. Each represents a different component of the Air Force. Schaffer represents all Air National Guardsmen.