Laramie, Wy – The city of Cheyenne is one of five communities from across the country to receive a grant to foster smart growth. The Environmental Protection Agency is paying for several private consultants to advise Cheyenne officials who are working to implant a plan for growth. Matt Ashby a planner in Cheyenne says this will help implement the community's vision for the future. One example is the desire to have fewer suburbs on the edge of town and more neighborhoods where people can live and easily walk to get their hair cut and drop off a letter.
Laramie, Wy – Officials in Yellowstone National Park are scaling back their search for a Boy Scout who fell into the Yellowstone River two weeks ago. Thirteen-year-old Luke Sanburg, of Helena, Montana, was apparently swept into the river on June 24th while camping. An extensive search involving some 250 individuals has failed to turn up any sign of Sanburg. Meanwhile, searches continue for 19-year-old Candace May Kellie, of Belgrade, Montana, and 59-year-old Joseph R. Miller, of Seattle. Kellie's truck was found partially submerged in the Yellowstone
Laramie, Wy – The director of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security was part of a national briefing about the attacks in London this morning. Joe Moore says the U-S Department of Homeland Security raised the terrorist threat level for cities with mass transit systems, but did not have any specific information for rural states, but he says his office will remain alert and he hopes all people will watch for any unusual activity. Moore says the briefing this morning did not address any impacts on travel, so he's not sure if this will have any effect on tourism in Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – So far this summer there have only been a few small wildfires in Wyoming. State Forester, Bill Crapser says a crew of inmates from the Department of Corrections went out to fight a few of these, but none got any bigger than 15 acres. Crapser says things are changing now as the recent high temperatures are drying out all of the plants that grew this spring, that makes the risk of wildfire higher now than it has been in weeks.
Laramie, Wy – The number of climbers scaling Devils Tower in June dropped this year. That's according to officials at Devils Tower National Monument, who counted 122 climbers making 283 climbs last month. That's down from 177 climbers who made 342 climbs in June of 2004. A 1995 climbing management plan called for voluntary restrictions on climbing in June, when local Indian tribes hold religious ceremonies at Devils Tower. National Park Service officials are working on updating the climbing management plan.
Laramie, Wy – Once heading towards extinction, federal officials announced recently that bald eagle numbers exceed 8-thousand and are growing every year. Wyoming Audubon Conservation Co-ordinator Alison Lyon says bald eagles can once again be seen in many areas of the state. When they were placed on the endangered species list, researchers found that the bald eagles were seriously impacted by the spraying of D-D-T. Lyon says once that was banned, the Eagles made a comeback.
Laramie, Wy – A Laramie City Council member continues to try and weaken the communitywide smoking ban. Councilman Joe Hageman wants to allow smoking in certain businesses that have seen business drop off since the ban into effect. Hageman withdrew the ordinance to fine tune it this week, but plans to reintroduce it later in the month. Under the proposal, bars, truck stops and private clubs could allow smoking in half of their space as long as that space was physically separated from nonsmoking areas and had its own working
Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Freudenthal remains lukewarm over the proposal to remove the sales tax from food. Representative Ann Robinson of Casper is among those working on the proposal. She says a typical family of three would be able to buy 100 gallons of milk with the extra money they would keep. But Governor Freudenthal doubts the impact would be that great. Freudenthal thinks the money might be better spent in addressing health care costs facing citizens in the state.