Washington, D-C – A Wyoming native has received a major award from a group of conservation and sportsmen organizations. John Turner of Moose was named this years winner of the National Resource Council of America's Public Service Award. Turner joins former President Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and John Chafee in winning the award. He calls it humbling. Turner currently works for the state department overseeing some of the country's global conservation efforts.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Business Council gave Cody its second air service improvement grant today Tuesday. 11,500 passengers flew between Cody and Denver in June, July, and August. The Business Council Board cited the summer's success as reason for supporting a continuation of those flights through the winter. Between the summer and winter deals, $720,000 of mostly state money is at risk in the form of revenue guarantees, which are payments to United if revenue doesn't meet agreed-upon goals.
Laramie, Wy – Two members of Wyoming's conservation community believe that more funding would do a lot to solve problems with the endangered species act. Jason Marsden of Wyoming Conservation Voters understands the frustration with the act, but he still maintains that it is working. While it sometimes takes time to get a species off the list, he believes that federal officials are making sure they can get something off the list without having to re-list it. But Jeremy Nicholas of the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance says the biggest holdup is the lack of proper funding.
Powell, WY – Northwest College students in Powell might get the impression their campus is a little more crowded than usual this fall. That's because Northwest's enrollment is the highest it's been in seven years. Dean of Student Services Dana Young says Northwest had a goal to increase enrollment by five percent, meaning they'd like to see over 1,750 full-time students. Young says Northwest says nearly 1,800 students are enrolled full time and the college is only nine students short of it's five percent enrollment increase goal.
Topic: Two members of Wyoming's conservation community believe that more funding would do a lot to solve problems with the endangered species act; Guest: Jason Marsden of Wyoming Conservation Voters and Jeremy Nicholas of the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance.
Topic: The UW English Department partnered with the Music Department will hold a fundraiser this weekend; Guest: Craig Arnold
Topic: The 8th annual Old Bill's Fun Run will be this weekend; Guest: Clare Payne Symmons, President of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
Yellowstone, N.P. – Scientists have some new findings about the eating habits of grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park. Using recent technology, researchers have been able to examine grizzly bear hair and from that calculate how many fish the bear has eaten. With a few exceptions, Yellowstone grizzlies are earting just 11 percent of the fish quanitity estimated in 2000. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team says it's possible the earlier findings were wrong. It's also possible there simply aren't enough fish to go around.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming's Department of Health director, Deb Fleming, says people are getting more sophisticated in their understanding of health issues. Fleming speculates that some people are getting more savvy partly because the media are highlighting certain information and party because of the Internet and easy availability of research results. But helping others keep up with the complex and ever-changing world of health care can be a daunting task for health officials.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming's tobacco settlement share will grow by more than four-(M)-million dollars now that another company has joined the agreement between tobacco manufacturers and the states. State Attorney General Pat Crank says the addition of Miami-based Vibo Corporation to the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement will mean another four-point-two-(M)-million dollars for the state over the next ten years. The majority of the money the state receives is spent on health initiatives such as alcohol- and smoking-prevention programs aimed at youths.