The number of students receiving free and reduced-price meals at Wyoming public schools increased this year even though the state's economy has been steadily improving. Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Education show that 37 percent of students in Wyoming receive breakfasts and lunches subsidized by the federal government. The 33,052 students qualifying for free and reduced-price meals represent a 2 percent increase over the 2010-11 school year. Nutrition program supervisor Tamra Jackson of the state
An environmental group says it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to remove some corrals it says could impede pronghorn migration in western Wyoming. The group Western Watersheds sued last year over the corrals in the Bridger-Teton National Forest east of Kelly in Jackson Hole. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports ranchers use the corral while they graze cattle on public land in the Gros Ventre River drainage. The group says the corrals weren't built in accord with federal rules and could impede antelope
The price of natural gas has fallen below $2 per 1,000 cubic feet for the first time in more than a decade. The U.S. supply of natural gas is growing so fast that analysts worry the country's underground storage facilities could be full by fall and lead to further price declines. On Wednesday, the futures price of natural gas fell to $1.984 per 1,000 cubic feet, its lowest level since January 28, 2002, when it hit $1.91. There is so much natural gas being produced - and still in the
Federal prosecutors say three people bilked $3.7 million from investors by claiming to develop wind farms in Wyoming and South Dakota. The projects never were built. A federal indictment filed in Cheyenne says phone solicitors made cold calls to investors nationwide, telling them the wind farms were being built by a private firm and the U.S. government. Utah residents Robert Reed and Lauren Scott and California resident Christopher Ponish have pleaded not guilty to felony fraud
A group of citizens has filed a lawsuit challenging Wyoming's newly adopted legislative redistricting plan. The lawsuit charges that state lawmakers bent over backward to make sure incumbent state senators didn't have to run against each other and accuses the plan of failing to give less-populous counties fair representation. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Laramie County District Court seeks to block Gov. Matt Mead and the other four statewide elected officials from implementing the redistricting plan.
The State of Wyoming has settled a federal lawsuit filed by an anti-abortion group. Under the settlement, the state admitted that state officials violated the constitutional rights of WyWatch Family Action by removing a display of materials it posted in a tunnel leading to the state Capitol last year. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal approved the settlement and dismissed the lawsuit on Thursday. Under the settlement, the state admits that it unconstitutionally prevented WyWatch from engaging in protected
Wyoming continues to monitor slumping natural gas prices that officials say threaten to cost the state millions in lost tax revenues.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that natural gas prices averaged $2.10 per thousand cubic feet at the Opal Hub in western Wyoming through the first few weeks of March. That's down from $2.52 in February. This time last year, gas prices averaged nearly $3.80 per thousand cubic feet.
The Wyoming tribe that earlier this month received the nation's first permit allowing members to kill bald eagles for religious purposes has renewed its legal challenge against the federal government over permit language that prohibits killing the birds on the tribe's reservation.
The Northern Arapaho Tribe has filed an amended federal complaint Friday against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The state of Wyoming is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its recent decision that the state can't sue the federal government over how many snowmobiles are allowed in Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming had argued that limiting snowmobiles to 318 a day was arbitrary and would hurt tourism and tax revenue. A panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month rejected the state's arguments, saying it failed to show the rule would harm the state economically. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Wednesday noted that Yellowstone is
A bear expert says a study has found that people using bear spray during grizzly bear encounters are injured far less often than people using firearms. University of Calgary's Steve Herrero says that 98 percent of those who used bear spray walked away unharmed, and no people or bears died. He says 56 percent of those who used firearms were injured, and 61 percent of the bears died. The firearms study involved 269 incidents with 444 hunters. The bear spray study had 72 incidents with 175 people, though some of