Casper, WY – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it has nearly cleared a backlog of more than 1,500 unissued oil and gas leases in Wyoming dating back more than two years. Since last summer, the BLM has issued 1,109 leases and decided to hold off on 222 others. It plans to decide on the final 170 within a couple weeks. The BLM sold the leases to oil and gas companies as long ago as June, 2008, but didn't issue them while it sought to address environmentalist concerns. Waiting for important decisions
Cheyenne, WY – Key lawmakers in the political skirmish over gray wolves in the West say they will continue their efforts to lift federal protections for the predators, despite a proposed settlement between environmentalists and the government. The settlement is pending approval in federal court. It would wolf lift protections in Idaho and Montana, but keep them at least temporarily in Wyoming Utah, Washington and Oregon. The deal also includes safeguards sought by environmentalists - features absent from pending legislation in Congress. Yet whether
Lander, WY – A Lander man who shot another man while trying to intervene in an alleged domestic violence attack in Riverton won't be charged with a crime. Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn and police chief Mike Broadhead announced the decision Wednesday. They say the wounded man had attacked his girlfriend and that the Lander man was coming to her aid. KOVE-AM in Lander reported that the boyfriend is expected to
Gillette, WY – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld the child molestation convictions of a former Campbell County fire chief. The court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of Gary Scott. Scott had argued that District Judge John Brooks of Campbell County should have rejected a report written by a probation officer. Brooks ultimately sentenced Scott to serve concurrent prison terms totaling up to 15 years. Scott is serving a separate 24-year federal sentence on 10 felony convictions of taking children across state lines for sexual abuse.