Melodie Edwards en 2015 Appropriations Bill Passes House <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations has approved a budget for the Interior and Environment for 2015, and Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis says, if passed into law, the bill would have a huge impact on Western states like Wyoming.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:39:20 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61661 at 2015 Appropriations Bill Passes House July 18th, 2014 <p></p><p><strong><a href="">Governor Mead Seeks Second Term</a></strong></p><p><strong><a href="http://" target="_blank">Governor Matt Mead </a></strong>is seeking his second term in office. The governor is facing Cheyenne Businessman and Doctor Taylor Haynes and Superintendent Cindy Hill in the Republican primary. Mead spoke with Bob Beck. They begin by discussing some of the challenges facing the state.<a href=""> </a></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:38:50 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Melodie Edwards & Miles Bryan 61553 at July 18th, 2014 Latino Workplace Safety <p>Too many jobs, not enough bodies. That’s the dilemma of many Wyoming construction companies these days that can’t keep up with the building demands of the state’s energy boom. An influx of Latino workers are moving to Wyoming to take up the slack. And national figures show that Hispanics lead the nation in fatal injuries. And with Wyoming having one of the worst records for workplace fatalities, the question is: are Latinos putting themselves in the line of fire?&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:07:30 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61550 at Latino Workplace Safety Cheyenne Group Seeks To Lift Backyard Chicken Ban <p>A group in Cheyenne hopes to reverse a city ordinance that bans backyard chickens in the city limits. The group calls itself CLUCK, which stands for Cheyenne Local Urban Chicken Keepers. They have scheduled meetings with Cheyenne city council to write a new ordinance to allow as many as four hens to be kept.&nbsp; Laramie County horticulturalist Catherine Wissner is working with the group. She says the fresh eggs and garden compost that chickens provide is great.&nbsp; But they also make wonderful pets.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:23:17 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61442 at Cheyenne Group Seeks To Lift Backyard Chicken Ban Proposed Fishing Regulations Would Relax Rules <p>Thanks to a bill passed in the last budget session, it may soon be legal to use artificial light and out-of-state live bait when fishing in&nbsp;Wyoming.&nbsp; Dave Zafft with Wyoming Game and Fish says its long been against the rules to use lights to draw fish to the lure.&nbsp; Now it could be allowed for nearly all&nbsp;kinds&nbsp;of fishing.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:46:45 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61419 at Proposed Fishing Regulations Would Relax Rules July 11th, 2014 <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Federal Highway Money Remains At Risk</a></strong></p><p>The federal pot of money that’s supposed to keep local roads and bridges intact may soon be empty, yet lawmakers on Capitol Hill are miles apart from each other. It remains unclear if they’ll be able to bridge the gulf. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on how the Wyoming delegation is weighing in on the debate that’s sucking the air out of Washington this summer.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:50:42 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Matt Laslo, Melodie Edwards, Micah Schweizer, Miles Bryan & Stephanie Joyce 61214 at July 11th, 2014 A Plan of Firsts: Lander Resource Management Plan Tackles Big Picture <p>The clock is ticking about whether to list the greater sage grouse as an endangered species.&nbsp; Such a listing could all but shut down mineral development in the bird’s habitat.&nbsp; The state has already tackled sage grouse protections.&nbsp; Now it’s the federal government’s turn.&nbsp; It’s been 30 years since the Lander Resource Management Plan was revised.&nbsp; And so the Bureau of Land Management took the opportunity to put more protections in place for the grouse while they were at it.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:04:33 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61211 at A Plan of Firsts: Lander Resource Management Plan Tackles Big Picture International Climbers' Festival Highlights Women <p><a href="">The International Climbers' Festival </a>starts Wednesday, July 9 in Lander. Director Mandy Pohja says this is the 21<sup>st</sup> year for the rock climbing event and this year’s line-up is particularly&nbsp;strong.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:31:21 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61064 at International Climbers' Festival Highlights Women A Slow Start To Wyoming Growing Season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A cool, wet spring has Wyoming’s growing season off to a sluggish start.&nbsp; Ken Hamilton with the Wyoming Farm Bureau says some crops—like corn and sugar beets—were planted as much as three weeks later than usual.&nbsp; He says hay production has also been hurt by all the precipitation.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:29:04 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60986 at A Slow Start To Wyoming Growing Season Wyoming Worker's Compensation To Adopt Split Plan <p>If a proposed plan is adopted, employers in the state could face some significant changes to how worker’s compensation sets its premiums.&nbsp; Right now, Wyoming only factors in how&nbsp;severe&nbsp;a company’s claims are.&nbsp;&nbsp; This new system—called a split plan-- would hold companies accountable for both severity&nbsp;and frequency, as is the case in most states.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:40:50 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60929 at Wyoming Worker's Compensation To Adopt Split Plan June 27th, 2014 <p><strong><a href="">Wyoming Coal Versus The Courts </a></strong></p><p>This week’s Supreme Court ruling on the EPA and its ability to regulate carbon is a mixed bag for Wyoming officials and energy producers. It sets the stakes even higher for Republicans in the state who are determined to derail a pending EPA rule on climate change.</p><p><strong><a href="">Wyoming Does Not Officially Track Health Impacts From Energy</a></strong></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:15:28 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Dan Boyce, Erin Jones & Melodie Edwards & Penny Preston 60531 at June 27th, 2014 Rare Mammoth Site Excavated In Douglas <p>In 1986, a large mammoth rib bone was found jutting out of the bank of a creek a few miles from Douglas.&nbsp; The state archaeologist, Dr. George Frison, did a hasty 4-day excavation at the time.&nbsp; But a thorough excavation has never been done because the land owners weren’t interested in hosting an archaeology dig on their property.&nbsp; That left archaeologists with a big question--was LaPrele Creek a mammoth kill site?&nbsp; But recently the land sold and archaeologists have finally been allowed to dig.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:48:30 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60519 at Rare Mammoth Site Excavated In Douglas Proposed Rule To Make Tribal Oil Pricing Fairer <p>The federal government is trying to create a better system for pricing oil and gas on Indian reservations. The Office of Natural Resource Revenue&nbsp;brought together government, tribes and the energy industry to write the new rule.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Claire Ware is the Director of the Shoshone-Arapahoe Tribes Minerals Compliance Program and sat on the committee.&nbsp; She says the old rules put tribes at a disadvantage. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:20:46 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60318 at Proposed Rule To Make Tribal Oil Pricing Fairer New Wild Horse Sanctuary Proposed In Lander <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A wild horse sanctuary has been proposed on a 900-acre ranch outside Lander with hopes of providing a haven for as many as 250 horses.&nbsp; Bureau of Land Management spokesman Sarah Beckwith says the agency would pay the sanctuary, just as it does private landowners in the mid-West who adopt horses.&nbsp;The perk is that sanctuaries provide an opportunity for education.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:39:47 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60118 at New Wild Horse Sanctuary Proposed In Lander Loons Are Rarest Nesting Bird In Wyoming <p>Loon populations in Wyoming have dropped to only 14 pairs and are the rarest nesting bird in the state, according to an initiative by the Biodiversity Research Institute based in Gorham, Maine.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The birds nest mainly in the northwest parts of Wyoming.&nbsp; Executive Director David Evers says loons need large lakes with islands for safe nesting.&nbsp; The initiative—known as “Restore the Call”—will use several innovative strategies to help loons feel less threatened.&nbsp; One way is nesting rafts.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:59:44 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60044 at Loons Are Rarest Nesting Bird In Wyoming Wyoming's Retirement System Shows Improved Outlook <p>After meeting with its actuaries, the Wyoming Retirement System&nbsp;learned&nbsp;it’s doing better than expected. That’s thanks to the legislature’s increases to the state’s contributions to the fund, and investment returns that came in above projections.&nbsp; Executive Director Ruth Ryerson says the long term outlook for the retirement fund is excellent.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:49:43 +0000 Melodie Edwards 60043 at Wyoming's Retirement System Shows Improved Outlook WY Workforce Services Never Inspected Lovell Plant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite violations at sister plants, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Service never inspected a sugar beet plant in Lovell where an employee was killed in January. Western Sugar Cooperative's Torrington plant received 15 citations in 2013, including one for improper guard rails -- the same problem that led to the death of 28-year-old </span>Anfesa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Galaktionoff<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:03:49 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59989 at WY Workforce Services Never Inspected Lovell Plant USDA Pays To Turn Dead Trees Into Biofuel <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture starting a program that pays people to deliver dead trees to power plants that can convert them to biomass fuel.&nbsp; Large swaths of Wyoming’s forests have been killed by pine beetle infestations and some say they pose a fire danger. Todd Atkinson with the Farm Service Agency says he hopes money will give people the incentive to harvest from more remote areas.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:22:01 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59932 at USDA Pays To Turn Dead Trees Into Biofuel Anti-Reservation Group Hosts Conference In Riverton <p>An organization that's working to end tribal sovereignty hosted a national conference in Riverton this weekend. The group is protesting the Environmental Protection Agency's recent decision that the city of Riverton falls within Wind River reservation boundaries.&nbsp;That has led to tensions between tribal members, the state, and Riverton.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The group--known as Citizens Equal Rights Alliance—posted on&nbsp;their website that it isn't fair that tribal members receive special status because it threatens the individual rights of all Americans.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:16:33 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59899 at Anti-Reservation Group Hosts Conference In Riverton June 13th, 2014 <p></p><p><strong><a href="">Laramie County Sees Surge In Oil And Gas </a><a href="">Development</a></strong></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:19:54 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Grace Hood, Melodie Edwards, Micah Schweizer, Stephanie Joyce & Willow Belden 59816 at June 13th, 2014 Floods On Rise: Earlier Run-Offs Present Challenge To Water Storage <p>This spring, rivers were overflowing banks all over the state.&nbsp; Some rivers saw record—or near-record—flood stages.&nbsp; The Laramie River hit its second highest flood level on record, and that’s only four years after its highest on record in 2010.&nbsp; But floods aren’t all sandbagging and property damage: they also mean plenty of water for the long dry summer ahead.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:41:25 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59809 at Floods On Rise: Earlier Run-Offs Present Challenge To Water Storage Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison Resigns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Eastern Shoshone tribal liaison&nbsp;has stepped down from her position, saying the governor and legislature were disrespectful to her,&nbsp;both&nbsp;as a woman and tribal member.&nbsp;But the Governor's office says she wasn't fulfilling her responsibility to mediate between the tribes and the state.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:33:07 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59767 at Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison Resigns BLM And Citizens' Group Plan To Clean Up Rogers Canyon <p>Rogers Canyon north of Laramie has long been a favorite destination for cyclists. But also for off-road vehicle riders, gun enthusiasts and people with a trunk full of garbage unwilling to pay the dump fee.&nbsp; Conflicts between the groups have been mounting, and the Bureau of Land Management wants to set new guidelines to make the area safer and cleaner.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:15:34 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59615 at BLM And Citizens' Group Plan To Clean Up Rogers Canyon Group Calls For Overhaul Of Wyoming Trapping Laws <p>A local organization is calling for an overhaul of Wyoming’s trapping regulations, saying they haven't been updated since before the de-listing of wolves.</p><p>The group—called Wyoming Untrapped--says more people are setting traps since the de-listing of wolves, which are considered livestock predators. The increase has led to more pets caught in snares and leg holds.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:20:05 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59598 at Group Calls For Overhaul Of Wyoming Trapping Laws New Ammonia Plant Approved In Rock Springs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has approved a plan for a new ammonia plant about four miles outside Rock Springs.&nbsp; </span>Simplot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> currently operates a phosphorous fertilizer plant on the site, and ammonia is one of the raw materials they need for production.&nbsp; With the cost of shipping it long distances by rail, </span>Simplot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> decided to start producing their own. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:34:55 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59586 at New Ammonia Plant Approved In Rock Springs Wyoming Reservoirs Brimming <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wyoming reservoirs have been spilling over with run-off from the heavy snowpack.&nbsp; But Bureau of Reclamation area manager Coleman Smith says they’re doing their job—capturing flood waters to reduce damage downstream.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:17:02 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59471 at Wyoming Reservoirs Brimming 2 Wyoming Cities Receive EPA Grants <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Green River’s train depot will soon become a community center, thanks to a $200,000 grant from Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA ‘Brownfield Funds’ are given to communities to clean up contaminated industrial sites and develop them for community use.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 23:16:37 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59295 at 2 Wyoming Cities Receive EPA Grants Sheridan Receives EPA Grant <p>The city of Sheridan has received a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the north end of its downtown.&nbsp; The money will pay to assess several contaminated sites including an abandoned rail yard, sawmill and fuel storage areas that many see as slowing economic growth.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:28:39 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59288 at Sheridan Receives EPA Grant May 30th, 2014 <p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>New Greenhouse Gas Regulations Target Power Plants</strong></a></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 23:27:09 +0000 Aaron Schrank, Bob Beck, Melodie Edwards, Stephanie Joyce & Adrian Shirk & Lorne Matalon 59132 at May 30th, 2014 Climate Change Effects On Wyoming Agriculture <p>In the next half century, scientists are predicting more extreme weather for Wyoming with bigger winter storms and hotter, dryer summers.&nbsp; That’s according to the latest National Climate Assessment out this month. Wyoming’s farmers and ranchers are skeptical about climate change, but some of them have been forced to adjust their methods of production.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:56:45 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59121 at Climate Change Effects On Wyoming Agriculture