Cody, WY – Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologists had to shoot and kill a five year old grizzly bear near Cody recently. Officials say the 400 pound male had broken windows and repeated damaged buildings along the upper fork of the Clarks Fork River. Biologists tried to catch the bear several times, but he always slipped away after they set up bear traps. The grizzly was the first euthanized this year for repeatedly raiding buildings.
Cheyenne, WY – The state is ready to go forward with a lawsuit challenging the federal government's rejection of Wyoming's wolf management plan. Attorney General Pat Crank says the US Fish and Wildlife Service was given a deadline of Monday as their last chance to compromise over wolves. Crank says they've heard nothing back from the agency and should be ready to sue the federal government later in the week.
Laramie, WY – The author of a book on mountain lions says Wyoming communities need to be aware that they can cause the same problems that they did in Colorado. David Baron wrote the book "The Beast in the Garden" about a series of mountain lion attacks in Boulder, Colorado. Baron says besides pets, the mountain lions also attacked and killed people on the edge of town. He warns that those who live near mountain areas need to be extra careful. Baron says people who attack deer to their property for asthetic reasons also attract lions.
Casper, WY – Divorce rates in the country aren't as alarming as they used to be, but are still too high according to a Marriage Specialist who will be speaking in Casper this week. Susan Blumberg is among the keynote speakers at the Wyoming Conference on the Family. She says the often-cited figure of 50% of marriages ending in divorce is no longer the case. But Blumberg says it's only down to around 40-42%. She believes the problem is people don't place their marriage high enough on their list of priorities. Blumberg will be speaking about a marriage education program she helped develop.
Casper, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is worried vandals may have jeopardized the hunting and fishing access program. The department established the program to make it easier for the public to use private land for hunting and fishing. But the spring, some people taking advantage of access severely damaged private property near Casper. Game and Fish northeastern Wyoming access coordinator Brian Olsen says the Casper incident is a rare event. He says problems can be avoided by posting signs or closing areas that are particularly muddy.
Cody, WY – Cody parents are upset with the school board's decision to cut the Nordic skiing program. Trustees gave tentative approval to the budget cuts earlier this month as part of efforts to save money and make up an 849 thousand dollar budget deficit. Boys swimming and gymnastics also would be cut after the 2004-2005 season. Advocates of Nordic skiing say it's a lifetime sport that offers a lot of health benefits and builds character. 14 students participated in the Cody skiing program this year. Parents will argue their case before the school board Tuesday.
Dubois, WY – Hundreds of people lined the streets of Dubois Saturday to say goodbye to Marine Private First Class Chance Phelps. Phelps was shot and killed west of Baghdad on Good Friday when the convoy he was ptoecting was ambushed. Although he spent his later years in Colorado, the 19 year old Phelps grew up in Dubois. Many of those who attended his funeral had played baseball with him or knew him as a boy who played with their children. Phelps is the 8th person with Wyoming ties to die in the line of duty since 2001.
Riverton, WY – No charges have been filed, but the investigation into the death of a nurse at the Wyoming Honor Farm is focusing on an inmate. That's according to Riverton Police Chief John Snell. Snell says nurse Tammy Watts was beaten and strangled before she was found dead last Thursday. He refused to release any more details other than to say investigators have yet to determine a motive for the killing.
Laramie, WY – A Laramie-based environmental group is pleased the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service will consider whether the sage grouse needs Endangered Species protection. The agency published a "90-Day Finding" which will start a scientific investigation into the animals' status. Biodiversity Conservation Alliance wildlife biologist Erik Molvar says oil and gas drilling has threatened the sage grouse habitat across Wyoming. He says the decision serves as a wake-up call to other federal and state agencies that they haven't done enough to protect habitat.
Calgary, Alberta – An energy company with a major natural gas operation in Wyoming is purchasing another company that does work in the state. Canadian energy giant EnCana is buying Tom Brown Incorporated. The $2.2 billion cash deal will boost EnCana's assets in Wyoming, Colorado, and Texas. Tom Brown is a natural gas producer in the Green River and Wind River Basins. EnCana also works in the Green River Basin, with its Jonah Field operation.