Riverton, WY – While one storm isn't enough to break the drought, Wyoming is in the middle of another dose of much-needed spring moisture. A storm that dropped a foot of snow on parts of western Wyoming continued to spread moisture in southern and eastern sections last night. The National Weather Service reports that 12 inches of snow fell at White Pine Ski Area near Pinedale over the past couple days. Jackson Hole picked up 8 inches, while 7.5 inches fell on Rock Springs. Casper and Lander received 6 inches of new snowfall.
Jackson Hole, Wy – Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott is certainly following Wyoming's legal battles with wolf management, but she will allow the Government to fight the issue out. Scott has no opinion on management options, other then to say she thinks the Teton Pack has done a lot for her park, especially in the area of tourism. Scott says she is simply prepared to work with local, state and federal officials as they come to a resolution on how to manage wolves. She discussed the issue last night on Wyoming Today.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming Swimmer Scott Usher ends his remarkable collegiate career this weekend at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Usher will be among the favorites in both the 100 yard breast stroke and 200 yard breast stroke. Usher wants to end his college career on a strong note and get U-W its first ever Swimming championship. Usher was an All American in both events last year and swam for the U-S in last summers Olympic Games. He says it is different and exciting to be considered a favorite. He begins his competition Friday morning.
Laramie, Wy – An official with an oil refining company says there is no way his refinery in Wyoming can pick up the slack in production after an explosion at a Texas plant. The refinery in Texas produces approximately three percent of the nation's crude oil. And about three times as much oil as all of the refineries in Wyoming combined. One of those is owned by Frontier Refining Incorporated. Doug Aron from that company says the impact nationally will likely be on the amount of premium gas produced in the U.S..
Cheyenne, WY – Higher mineral tax income and interest on the state investments have Wyoming revenues running 12% ahead of projections. According to a report, state revenues totaled $461 Million through the first eight months of the fiscal year, that's about $54 Million above forecasts. Spikes in the prices for natural gas seem to be the main driver of the increased tax revenue. The average price of gas at the state's Opal (oh-PAL') Hub was $5.50 in January and February but has jumped to $6.21 this month.
Wheatland, Wy – A settlement has been reached over odor issues at Wyoming Premium Farms in Wheatland. The Hog operation has been a source of legal action by a couple who have contended that it has violated state odor standards and that the state has done little to enforce the violations. All sides reached a consent decree that will require lots of changes that those involved in the lawsuit hope will address the long running concerns. Department of Environmental Quality Director John Corra says one requirement involves covers over lagoons.
Laramie, Wy – Longtime friends and acquaintances from the Vice President to Law professors said goodbye to Ambassador and former State Senator Dave Nicholas in Laramie. Nicholas died last week from an apparent heart attack.
Laramie, Wy – The attorney representing six citizens opposed to the smoking ban in Laramie has filed a motion to put off the ban until a trial has taken place. A trial to review the election procedures is set for mid May but the prohibition on smoking in businesses is set to go into affect April sixth.