Laramie, Wyo. – The U.S. House today voted down a proposed amendment to remove 11 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services budget. Wyoming livestock producers say that's a good thing for predator management in the state. The Wyoming Wool Growers Association's Bryce Reece says the program has already lost some of its federal funding, and further losses could have spelled trouble for Wyoming livestock producers.
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is moving ahead with plans to round up wild horses in southwest Wyoming. The BLM says nearly 1,000 wild horses are estimated to live in the White Mountain/Little Colorado herd management areas between Rock Springs and La Barge. Its goal population for that area is no more than 400 horses. The BLM says there would be no significant environmental impact from the roundup, which is set to begin in mid-August and end in early September.
Laramie, WYO – As in-state entrepreneurs continue to pursue creating new businesses in Wyoming, those who assist such businesses say it's important to have more than just a good idea. The Wyoming Business Council's Marketing and Attraction Manager, Annie Wood, says proper planning is very important as is being realistic about expectations.
Greybull, Wyoming – A section of U.S. 14 in northern Wyoming remains closed because of a landslide. The Wyoming Transportation Department says U.S. 14 is closed about 31 miles east of Greybull. The agency says about 100 feet of the highway is in danger of being lost due to a slide above Shell Falls. WYDOT is currently assessing ways to build a detour on the uphill side of the sliding highway. Motorists may use U.S. 16 via Worland and U.S. 14A as alternative routes from Greybull to Sheridan. WYDOT is encouraging truck drivers, tour bus drivers and drivers
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Spring flooding appears to be improving or stabilizing in southeast Wyoming, although rivers are still running high and fast.
The Upper North Platte, Laramie and Encampment rivers are holding steady, slowly falling or fluctuating around flood stage in Carbon and Albany counties.
The stabilized situation allowed the state on Monday to withdraw teams of low-risk inmates from Newcastle and Riverton who had helped with sandbagging efforts in Carbon County. However, members of the Wyoming National Guard remain in the county.
DENVER – In a settlement with conservation groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to give final approval next year of plans to address haze in Wyoming, and three other western states.
WildEarth Guardians and others said the EPA violated the Clean Air Act when it missed deadlines to approve the states' plans for addressing air pollution, or to develop federal plans for the states. And WildEarth Guardians said Today/Tuesday that the states' proposals would retire or retrofit at least 18 coal-fired power plants.