Topic: Devils Tower is open to Extreme climbers; Guest: Chief Ranger, Scott Brown.
Topic: Powder River Basin Resource Council says the state needs to focus on impacts of water as it is associated with Coalbed Methane Development; Guest: Jill Morrison of the Powder River Basin Resource Council.
Lander, WY – A man who lived in the Wind River Mountains near Union Pass for a year and a half will spend 43 days in jail for numerous poaching violations. Former Worland resident John Russell will also have to pay $3,900 in fines and restitution, and had his hunting and fishing privileges revoked for 45 years. Authorities say the 55-year-old Russell had dropped out of society and was surviving in large part on game he poached, without a license and out-of-season in many instances. Russell was also fined more than $1,400 for breaking into a vehicle and stealing a gun.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health's Substance Abuse Division says they are concerned about youth using prescription drugs to get high. Doctor Ann Reyes says people of all ages have abused prescription drugs for a long time, but now there is a resurgence of the trend. She says that is partly due to the focus on methamphetamines, but also because prescription drugs are more accessible right now.
Laramie, Wy – The University of Wyoming has put out the results of three student satisfaction surveys. One of the three studies has been done since 1994, it and another offer comparisons to schools around the rest of the country. What the surveys show is that U-W students enjoy their experience on campus more than their peers, they view the quality of teaching to be about the same as other students in the U-S. The issue that drew the most negative responses was parking on campus. Students also indicated they would like career planning and job placement to improve at U-W.
Cheyenne, Wy – Interior Secretary Gale Norton will not cut back on Colorado River Water releases from Lake Powell this year. Wyoming officials are disappointed, because the state still is dealing with possible long term impacts of the drought.
Powell, Wy – District 19 in Park and Big Horn Counties have a new Senator. Former County Commissioner and Rural Development Council Member Ray Peterson was selected to replace Laness Northrup in the Senate. He was selected by County commissioners from Park and Big Horn Counties. He says he's a "progressive conservative". Among his goals is to help fund local government.
Casper, WY – The city of Casper has a new manufacturing company in town. Poly Warehouse Incorporated is a Montana-based company that manufactures fittings for high-density polyethylene pipes. Poly Warehouse primarily works with the energy industry and expects to do a lot of business in Wyoming's coal bed methane fields. The Branch Manager of the company's Casper facility, Drew Hampton, says growing demand from the energy industry throughout the Rocky Mountain West made this expansion necessary.
El Paso, TX – A former student at Laramie's Wyoming Technical Institute will spend two years in jail for planning to support a terrorist group. 19-year-old Mark Walker, of Rochester, New York, admitted to federal officials that he planned to buy night vision goggles and bulletproof vests for terrorist groups seeking an Islamic government in Somalia. Walker was arrested at the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas. He fled Laramie after law enforcement was tipped off by Walker's roommate.
Laramie, Wy – A dramatic rescue on the railroad tracks in Cheyenne Friday. A Union Pacific conductor who saw two children on the tracks stopped his train, then radioed a warning to a second train. Meanwhile, a passing motorist got out of her car and called the children away from the tracks, then kept them safe until officers arrived.