Cheyenne, Wy – Sales of Governor Freudenthal's big game hunting licenses have topped one-(M)-million dollars, with the bulk of proceeds benefitingWyoming's wildlife. By statute, the governor can receive up to 20 complimentary licenses each year. The governor's press secretary -- Lara Azar -- says that since he took office in 2003, Freudenthal has given all his big game licenses to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming, which administers their sale. Proceeds go toward wildlife and habitat projects, with input
Moose, Wy – This summer Grand Teton National Park will issue a transportation plan as they look at how to better enhance the public's ability to enjoy the park. Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott is approaching her first year anniversary of being in charge at the Grand Teton. She has used that time to find ways to improve the park. Gibson-Scott thinks this proposal has a lot of benefits it looks at transit options as well as a system of bikes and hiking and trails.
Laramie, Wy – At least 14 health labs in Wyoming are among the thousands around the country and world that received vials of a deadly influenza strain. Wyoming Health Officer, Doctor Brent Sherard, says the samples were sent to some labs at hospitals and doctors' offices inadvertently by a private company. That company sends out kits to test proficiency at the labs. Sherard says it does not pose a risk for the general public because the labs are accustomed to dealing with dangerous materials.
Topic: Implications of losing Wyoming's "Open Spaces"; Guests: Jason Shogren, Economists and Distinguished Professor on Natural Resources and Diana Hulme, Assistant Director of the UW Institute of Environment and Natural Resources
Topic: Colorado College has finished its state of the Rockies report card; Guest: Dr. Walt Hecox.
Ft. Washakie, WY – A wildfire forced the evacuation of the town of Fort Washakie Sunday. The 500 acre fire on the Wind River Reservation crossed US Highway 287 and destroyed at least one building, the former Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters for the Wind River Reservation. About 100 firefighters were dispatched to battle the blaze and were able to bring it under control. All 250 residents in the town had to flee their homes.
Laramie, WY – 18 dead birds were tested Friday for the West Nile Virus, marking the start of this year's West Nile season. There was a considerable drop-off in West Nile activity in 2004. There were just 10 human cases and no deaths last year, compared to almost 400 documented cases and 9 deaths in 2003. State West Nile Coordinator Terry Creekmore believes activity this summer will fall somewhere between the last two years. He says some might believe the threat is gone, but really it's just waiting. Creekmore says the threat this summer will depend on the weather.
Gillette, WY – A Native American organization is renewing the push to change the name of Devils Tower National Monument. It was a week ago that Devils Tower Superintendent Lisa Eckert scrapped the idea of incorporating the name "Bear Lodge" into the monument's title. But United Native America founder Mike Graham isn't giving up. He wants an outright name change to Bear Lodge National Monument. Graham hopes to rally every tribe associated with the area behind the cause. He says Native American views and religious beliefs have been trampled on for too long.
Laramie, Wy – A crackdown on more than ten-thousand fugitives nationwide resulted in 48 outlaws being arrested in Wyoming. U-S Marshal Tony Rose in Cheyenne says it was the largest coordinated crackdown by federal, state and local law enforcement officials in history. Congress gave the Marshals Service more money and authority to go after fugitives when it refocused the F-B-I's mission toward stopping terrorism after the nine-eleven attacks. $5,000 came to Wyoming for the operation.
Laramie, Wy – Three conservation groups announced Friday that they are asking the U-S Bureau of Land Management for four months' advance notice of oil and natural gas lease sales in Wyoming. The environmentalists also want landowners who would be affected by proposed lease offerings to be notified. The request from the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, Powder River Basin Resource Council and Wyoming Outdoor Council comes after the B-L-M announced new requirements for protesting oil and gas lease sales.
Laramie, Wy – University of Wyoming police are investigating the apparent suicide of a UW student Thursday evening. The body of a 23 year old male was found in his room at Crane Hall by staff responding to concerns of a friend who had been unable to contact him that evening. U-W Police Chief Tim Banks says there was no evidence of foul play. The student was a junior engineering major who was a 2000 graduate of Riverton High School.