Cheyenne, WY – Gov. Matt Mead has activated another Wyoming National Guard team to help with sandbagging and other flood mitigation efforts near the Little Snake River, which is above flood stage. The Wyoming Office of Homeland Security said Sunday that members of the C/5-159 Aviation unit of Cheyenne were deployed to Baggs, where there has been minor flooding in low-lying areas. Wyoming got heavy snow this winter. Now river levels are rising as the mountain snow melts and reservoir managers release water to make room.
Laramie, Wyo. – Many Rocky Mountain Power customers say they fear that a proposed $80 million rate hike will be especially hard on people living on fixed incomes. They are also concerned about a range of service issues. That's the gist of written comments and statements received at a public hearing this week.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A Democrat-to-Republican change in the Wyoming governor's office is having little if any policy effect on sage grouse, the state's most significant species considered for federal protection.
Gov. Matt Mead signed an executive order Thursday continuing Wyoming's strategy of designated "core areas" of sage grouse habitat. The order makes only a few minor changes to the sage grouse policy implemented by Gov. Dave Freudenthal.
Laramie, Wyo. – Three Army Corps of Engineers teams arrived in Wyoming communities Thursday, to assist with preparations for potential flooding. Two will be based in Fremont County, and the third is evaluating potential flooding problems arising along the North Platte system.
Laramie, Wyo. – After last year, when a record number of acres in Wyoming had to be protected from grasshoppers, state officials are on the lookout again.
Scott Schell, an entomologist with the cooperative extension service at the University of Wyoming, says parts of the state - like Johnson and Campbell Counties - were well protected last spring and summer. That means they should not be in danger of big outbreaks this year.
Laramie, Wyo. – This week, Wyoming learned that 2010 was the second best year ever for revenue from mineral extraction in the state. Wyoming made well over $15 billion, and many counties in the state will benefit greatly.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Obama Administration has backed away from its controversial Wild Lands policy issued in late December. That policy affirmed the Bureau of Land Management's responsibility to protect wilderness on public lands -- and it provoked strong negative reactions from the energy industry and from a number of Western governors, including Wyoming Governor Matt Mead.
Casper, Wyo. – The North Platte River through Casper will rise over the next several weeks as federal water managers release more water from upstream reservoirs to make room for spring runoff from record mountain snows.
Stewart Anderson is emergency management coordinator for Natrona County. He says the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation told the county Wednesday it will gradually increase releases from Gray Reef Reservoir, upstream from Casper.