A Denver woman who donated her family's vast ranch to promote hands-on agriculture education at the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University says she's disappointed the schools haven't made better use of her gift as a teaching tool. Now the universities are preparing to sell the Y Cross Ranch. Amy Davis says if she could do it all over again, she wouldn't have donated the property between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming. Both schools acknowledge they haven't put the Y Cross Ranch to
One of five scientists retained by the federal government says he sees shortcomings in Wyoming's proposed wolf management plan.
While four of the scientists generally approved of the plan, wolf researcher John A. Vucetich of Michigan says it's vague on how to reconcile conflicts between wolves and elk and may overestimate the mortality wolf populations can sustain.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service retained the five scientists to evaluate Wyoming's wolf plan.
Yellowstone National Park officials say an agreement with neighboring Montana that limits wolf hunting along the park's northern border is protecting the park's wolves from excessive hunting.
Yellowstone wolf biologist Doug Smith said Wednesday that Montana's 2011-12 wolf season so far has had less impact than the inaugural hunt in 2009. That year hunters killed four wolves from Yellowstone's Cottonwood pack, which had been studied for years by scientists and was popular among wolf watchers from across the country.
A federal report possibly linking groundwater pollution to hydraulic fracturing in central Wyoming is not discouraging hopes for the Niobrara oil play in the southeast part of the state.
Many are questioning the scientific conclusions of the Environmental Protection Agency findings on the technique to extract oil and gas.
But both EPA and industry representatives say the specific concerns raised in the report are not applicable to southeast Wyoming. That is because the Niobrara formation is geologically much different than the Pavillion area.
Scientists say in a new study that the return of gray wolves has dramatically altered the landscape in portions of Yellowstone National Park, by curbing foraging elk herds that prevented new aspen, willow and cottonwood trees from taking root.
Study author William Ripple from Oregon State University said tree stands are expanding in areas where for decades dense elk populations prevented new growth.
Wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995 and 1996 after being killed off early last century. About 100 now roam the park and elk numbers have dropped sharply.
After a bit of a rocky start, law enforcement officials and prosecutors around the state say they're now running into few problems with Wyoming's new mandatory DUI testing law.
Since July 1, police officers have been able to get a judicial warrant requiring motorists pulled over for suspected alcohol or drug use to take a breath, blood or urine test. Prosecutors say the change has helped them win cases against drunk drivers, especially repeat offenders who know how to beat the system.
Gov. Matt Mead says he's continuing to push to try to change how Wyoming taxes wind energy projects despite a chilly reception to his proposals from some state legislators so far.
Wyoming's sales and use tax exemption on equipment used on wind energy projects expires in January 2012. The state will also begin imposing a $1 per megawatt hour tax on wind energy production starting then.
Wyoming authorities are stepping up warnings about moose-vehicle collisions along Highway 390 in Teton County after some game wardens had to shoot and kill a suffering mother in front of her calf.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says wardens had to shoot the cow moose Dec. 16 because her right leg had been shattered by a car. Afterward, her calf moose pawed at the corpse and ran around in circles in distress.
A Wyoming program that helps the disabled has a long waiting list, but a state bill to be introduced next year could help.
Jackson representative Keith Gingery is the sponsor of the bill to be introduced during the upcoming legislative session would provide $28 million in state and federal funding for Wyoming's Home and Community Based Waiver Program.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving ahead with a proposed regulatory designation that could increase pressure on the gas industry to limit emissions that have led to severe wintertime ozone pollution in western Wyoming. The EPA is doing so while it settles a nationwide lawsuit over ozone filed by an environmental group, WildEarth Guardians. In 2009, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal recommended that the EPA enact what's known as "nonattainment status" for ozone in the
A Colorado company expects to get regulatory approval soon so it can begin to exploit bacteria to revive hundreds of old natural gas wells in northeast Wyoming. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is considering a draft permit for Luca Technologies Inc. to put substances underground to encourage the growth of bacteria. The bacteria are naturally present underground and live in water-saturated coal seams. The bacteria eat the coal and produce methane gas as a byproduct.
An Australian coal company that wants to mine Powder River Basin coal has hired a Wyoming state lawmaker as an executive. The Gillette News Record (http://bit.ly/rrhxjt ) reported that Republican Rep. David Miller of Riverton sold his Campbell County mineral rights to Sydney-based County Coal Limited for $200,000 in March. Miller, a geologist, now holds one million shares in the company and will get 3 percent royalty payments on coal mined in the basin, one of the richest coal sources in the United States.
University of Wyoming coach Dave Christensen says he has agreed in principle to a new, five-year contract. Christensen and athletic director Tom Burman confirmed the agreement Saturday, the day the Cowboys were beaten by Temple 37-15 in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, N.M.
Burman said that Christensen would get a substantial raise. No other details of the pending contract were announced. Burman says he expects the contract to be finalized this week.
The latest application for a federal permit to construct a pipeline to haul water from the Green River in southwestern Wyoming to Colorado's sprawling Front Range is sparking opposition from environmental groups and others in the "Cowboy State."
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accepting public comments until Dec. 19 on a pipeline permit application from Ft. Collins, Colo., businessman Aaron Million. Many in western Wyoming say they're concerned pumping the river water across the state would draw down Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
New Wyoming fishing regulations take effect beginning in January. Wyoming anglers generally will be allowed to keep six trout of any size in lakes and rivers around the state but will only be allowed to keep three trout from a river or stream, with only one of the three trout being over 16 inches. There will be exceptions to the general limit in certain waters around the state. The new regulation will allow anglers to keep up to 16 brook trout of any size. The old regulation specified only six brook trout could be over 8 inches.
Airline passengers in northeast Wyoming will have more flight options between Denver and Gillette-Campbell County Airport.
SkyWest Airlines says it will add one evening flight from Gillette to Denver and an afternoon flight back, starting March 12.
The announcement is good news for the airport, which took a blow when Great Lakes Airlines dropped half of its flights between Gillette in Denver earlier this fall. Even with the extra daily SkyWest flights, the airport will still have 180 seats fewer weekly than it had before the Great Lakes cuts.
The Wyoming Department of Corrections is fostering multi-agency think tanks to ensure former inmates can access social services, treatment and other resources on the outside. Agency re-entry program manager Christy Hahn says the department is trying to find out what resources aren't being used or are being overused. In early November, a statewide re-entry task force including members of 14 state, county and city agencies met for their first quarterly meetings in Cheyenne.
Federal and state prosecutors in Wyoming say the laws already on the books are sufficient to deal with offenders who might engage in sex trafficking of children despite a recent national report giving the state a failing grade on the issue. Nonetheless, some Wyoming officials say the state should consider adopting a new law specifically outlawing child sex trafficking if only to send the public message that the state is serious about the issue. Shared Hope International, an advocacy group, issued a stinging