Helena, Mont. – The new chief of Yellowstone National Park is scheduled to meet with Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer today as officials struggle over what to do with more than 500 bison captured during their winter migration out of the park.
The bison face possible slaughter under a federal-state program meant to protect surrounding cattle ranches from the animal disease brucellosis.
Laramie, Wyo. – State environmental regulators met with energy company representatives Monday to discuss recent elevated ozone levels in western Wyoming's Upper Green River Basin. That's after local ozone levels exceeded federal limits at several monitoring locations last week and this weekend.
Portland, Ore. – A conservation group and lawyers for the U.S. government have made oral arguments to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland concerning the protected status of the grizzly bear in and around Yellowstone National Park.
The conservation group, Montana-based Greater Yellowstone Coalition, says on Monday that the bears need to stay on the list of threatened species because their habitat is shrinking and a tree on which they rely for food is dying off.
Laramie, Wyo. – Both the Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls are in Las Vegas this week for the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament. The Cowgirls enter the women's tournament as the third seed and don't have to play in the tournament's first round on Tuesday. They play the winner of the New Mexico-San Diego State game on Wednesday night.
LARAMIE, wyo – Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis has received a score of zero from the National League of Conservation voters for her anti-environment votes on the congressional spending bill.
The organization's Alex Taurel says one amendment prevents the E-P-A from regulating mercury pollution from cement plants. Laurel says decisions to allow more pollution are short sited for states like Wyoming that are tied to traditional energy production...
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A bill that strips Wyoming's Environmental Quality Council of its ability to declare areas of the state off-limits to non-coal surface mining has been signed into law by the governor.
The bill also allows the designation to be taken away from areas that have already been declared "very rare or uncommon." That includes a number of Wyoming landmarks and historic sites. The Wyoming Outdoor Council is among the groups that are very concerned about the possible long-range impacts of the bill.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Another ozone advisory has been issued for Wyoming's Upper Green River Basin.
The advisory goes into effect Saturday and is expected to last several days due to weather conditions.
State regulators this week issued the first ozone advisories for the basin in more than two years. Ozone coincides with smog and can cause respiratory problems, especially for children, the elderly and people who already have respiratory problems.