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More Oil And Gas Leases Open Up In Sage Grouse Core Area

In the first quarter of 2018, the Bureau of Land Management will place seven times more acres of sage grouse habitat on sale in Wyoming for oil and gas drilling than it did during the same time last year. Holly Copeland, conservation scientist with The Nature Conservancy, crunched the numbers. “They hovered between 20,000 to just under 40,000 acres in the fourth quarter of 2017 sale and then take [sic] a huge jump up to almost 120,000 acres in the first quarter of 2018,” Copeland explained...

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Yellwostone, WY – The East Gate to Yellowstone remains closed, due to what is the largest wildfire of the 2003 fire season in Wyoming. The East Fire has burned 15,000 acres on both sides of the park road between the East Entrance and Fishing Bridge. Favorable weather helped firefighters perform a burnout to protect Fishing Bridge Village Sunday, so no structures are threatened. But officials are expecting the East Gate to stay closed until, at best, the latter part of this week. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron

Cheyenne. WY – The State and Federal Government have reached an agreement that will reduce the numbers of wild horses roaming Wyoming land. Wild Horse Numbers currently sit at 7000. State officials had contended that wild horse populations were out of control and were not being managed by the B-L-M as required by law.

Freemont County, WY – Responding to public opposition, the US Forest Service is making a new proposal for expanding food storage orders in the Shoshone and Bridger Teton National Forests. The new rules to reduce human-bear encounters were laid out Tuesday before a meeting of the Fremont County Commission. That commission has already passed two resolutions opposing expansion of the food storage order, and didn't seem pleased with these changes. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports.

Cheyenne, WY – The future of the federal roadless rule has been called into question, following conflict of interest allegations against a federal judge in Cheyenne. Last month, Judge Clarence Brimmer struck down the rule that would have blocked logging and energy development on 58 Million acres of federal forest land. Now an ethics complaint has been filed by two judicial watchdog groups saying Brimmer should have stepped down from the case due to his extensive financial holdings in oil and gas companies. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports on where Brimmer's ruling now stands.

Wyoming – When talking about why there have been more wildfires in the West recently, the common wisdom is that a century of putting out fires has allowed for a massive build-up of fuels. But at least one Forest Service researcher thinks climate changes similar to El Nino and La Nina may have also played a role. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports.

Cheyenne, WY – Those who are concerned about new FCC rules have said that large companies are moving into rural areas and removing local programming. But, Wyoming radio broadcasters say the opposite has been occurring in the Cowboy State. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck explains

Wyoming – On Tuesday the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission passed a wolf management plan. That means the grey wolf is much closer to coming off the endangered species list. But, the process is a long ways from over. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports one factor that could hold up delisting is the very same management plan the Game and Fish Commission just passed

Wyoming – Huge increases in medical malpractice insurance is pricing some doctors out of the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that while Wyoming has been unwilling to place caps on non-economic damages, some think the state will have to go that route in order to stabilize costs.

Dubois, WY – A Big Horn Sheep Herd has been helped by the recovery efforts of a group in Dubois. Wyoming Public Radio's Jim Morgan has more...

Wyoming – While many counties would be facing some tight budgets this year. Low interest rates and a run of home sales is bailing them out. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck explains...

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