Laramie, Wy – Biologists working for the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service are recommending that the federal government not put the sage grouse on the Endangered Species List. Conservation groups responded saying they are disappointed by that decision, but Erik Molvar from the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance says they are not going to challenge that decision in the courts immediately because they want to see if the states can do a good job protecting sage grouse on their own.
Gillette, Wy – Two lawsuits filed by women who were switched at birth in Gillette 46 years ago have been settled. Shirley Larsen and Debra Morgan Delay were born in 1958 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital and were switched soon after birth. Larsen was born to Polly Leyva, of Worland, but grew up with the Morgan family in Gillette. Delay was born to Jean Morgan, but grew up believing that Leyva was her biological mother. The error was discovered three years ago, after Jim Morgan expressed doubt that Leyva was his biological daughter.
Cheyenne, WY – An $8 Million project to test cloud seeding in Wyoming is gaining support. The Wyoming Water Development Commission is backing the idea to see whether cloud seeding techniques could increase snowpacks in the Medicine Bow, Sierra Madre and Wind River mountain ranges. The five-year study must be approved by the state Legislature.
Cheyenne, WY – A report on the use of city credit cards will be presented to the Cheyenne city council and the mayor on Tuesday. The audit was called for to investigate the use of city credit cards by a former council employee who charged more than $500 to the card for personal items. Cheyenne Mayor Jack Spiker says the audit will be reviewed by the council and given to police detectives. Spiker says preliminary discussions with the auditor show no improper use of credit cards by city council members.
Las Vegas, NV – The UCLA Bruins will be Wyoming's Las Vegas Bowl opponent. Like the Cowboys, UCLA also brings a 6-5 record into the December 23rd bowl game. This weekend, the Bruins came close to knocking off top-ranked USC, falling 29-24. Wyoming and UCLA have never played before in football.
Cheyenne, Wy – Friends and associates of former Wyoming Supreme Court Justice A-G "Archie" McClintock are remembering him for his gentle manner and his excellent legal skills. McClintock died early this morning at a Cheyenne nursing home. He was 93. McClintock was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 1973 and served through 1981. He served as state attorney general from 1982 to 1986 during Governor Ed Herschler's final term. Governor Freudenthal says he is truly saddened by McClintock's passing.
Laramie, Wy – A federal ruling means the Sage Grouse will not be given protection under the Endangered Species Act. Oil and Gas Producers are praising the ruling, but environmental groups say recent declines in the birds should have been enough to convince biologists that the Sage Grouse needed protections. But Senator Mike Enzi says the bird can be managed without a serious ripple effect.
Laramie, Wy – A Powell man is trying to get citizens across the state to send a letter to injured troops at a Hospital in Germany. Jim Oles thinks it could be a tremendous holiday gift for people that might not get much else. He wants the letter to be handwritten. Oles says they have a chaplin who will deliver the letters to the injured troops upon arrival. Oles is asking people to send the letters to the Powell American Legion by December 10th.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Cowboys will try and bounce back from their dismal performance at Arizona and beat one of their rivals. The Cowboys travel to face Montana State. While the Bobcats are 1-3, Head Coach Steve McClain says M-S-U always see this as one of their big games of the season, so for that reason it will be a dangerous game. McClain says the Bobcats feature good outside shooters and a solid post player and will likely force the Cowboys to shoot from outside. Tipoff is at seven.