Cheyenne, Wy – Recent rain may have improved rangeland and reduced the possibility of wildfires in much of Wyoming, but State Climatologist Jan Curtis says it is premature to presume that Wyoming is on its way out of drought. Curtis told the Governor's Drought Management Task Force that vigilance is still needed. The drought caused a 565-(M)-million-dollar decrease in Wyoming's crop and cattle production between 1999 and 2003. That figure that appears unlikely to improve given how 58
Laramie, Wy – A Casper company is finishing up a huge deal with the state of Oregon. Aqua Technologies of Wyoming produces a type of clay that can be used to clean up oil contamination. President, Tony Brown says it is going to an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site polluted with creosote. He says the deal is for over a million dollars and is significant for his 30 person company. Brown says if the clay works as planned in Oregon it will be used again. He says he plans to expand his plant and hire up to 70 more people in Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – Conservationists and residents from Sublette County are working hard to make sure the Bureau of Land Management hears their voices. The B-L-M is working on a draft plan to manage over a million acres in the Upper Green River Valley. The coalition wants the agency to allow development of oil and gas, but want it done slowly and responsibly. Linda Baker says part of that is because the boom is having an effect on civil services in Sublette County.
Wyoming – Wyoming Republican Senator Craig Thomas today (Thursday) spoke out in support of the Bush administration's proposed plan to change national forest service land preservation policy. Wyoming's five national forests and grasslands include more than 8 million acres of designated wilderness making up one of the largest blocks of public land in the United States. From our Capitol Hill Bureau, Elana [ee-LAH-nuh] Hadler Perl reports.
Laramie, Wy – Northern Arapaho officials have broken ground on a new casino, one that they hope will someday offer Las Vegas-style gaming. A groundbreaking ceremony was held last Friday at the site of the complex two miles south of Riverton. Burton Hutchinson is chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council. He told a crowd of about 70 people that the casino will help the Arapaho people through economic development, and he says he's grateful the operation is about to become reality.
Laramie, Wy – There is a unique vacation opportunity coming up in August. The American Hiking Society has helped to organize three trail repair trips in Wyoming next month. Volunteer Program Manager, Shirley Hearn, says for the price of registration people will get training, food and a place to camp. Hearn says only people in good physical condition should volunteer. The trips in Wyoming are a little harder than average because most require backpacking in several miles to a base camp but the American Hiking Society is organizing trips all over the country.
Laramie, Wy – The state Game and Fish Department is making recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management about how to minimize impacts to wildlife around Pinedale. The proposal is drawing criticism from the oil and gas as well as the agriculture industries. Some have said the Game and Fish is overstepping its boundaries. But, the director of the agency, Terry Cleveland, says in his mind things are getting blown out of proportion because these are just recommendations that the B.L.M. does not have to implement.
Laramie, Wy – A Butte, Montana, man apparently died from a fall in Grand Teton National Park while attempting to climb eleven of the major peaks in the Teton Range. His body was found Tuesday evening after a two-day search. Forty-nine-year-old Dwight Bishop had planned to scale all the peaks on the Grand Traverse route on Friday. His body was found about 6:20 Tuesday evening on the west side of a steep slope known as the Grandstand near the Grand Teton.