LARAMIE, wyo – A district court judge has approved a payment of $760-million-dollars by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Native American farmers and ranchers for discrimination. And Wyoming Public Radio's Tristan Ahtone says Native farmers may be eligible for repayment and debt forgiveness.
LARAMIE, wyo – The elections are not quite over in the town of Elk Mountain. The small community in Carbon County will vote again to decide on who will be the next mayor. This is after the election came out in a draw 51 votes for both candidates, even after a recount. Normally the election would be decided by drawing lots, but County Clerk, Gwynn Bartlett says there was an error this year.
LARAMIE, wyo – Natural gas development in the Pinedale Anticline may be to blame for a sharp decline in the local mule deer population. That's according to a new report, which shows a 60-percent population drop in the Sublette mule deer herd since gas development began in 2000.
The exact cause of the population drop is still unknown, however, the study shows that mule deer herds that spend the winter in adjacent areas, without natural gas development, have not seen the same population declines as the herd inside the gas field.
LARAMIE, wyo – There are a number of undecided races around the state. In the contest for House District 15 in Carbon County, Republican Donald Burkhart leads Democrat George Bagby by 10 votes. There will be a recount there tomorrow morning.
In Fremont County Democratic candidate Patrick Goggles holds a 19 vote lead over Republican opponent Daniel Cardenas for that House seat.
LARAMIE, wyo – In a very close vote Laramie County has decided to increase its number of County Commissioners from three to five. Supporters of the effort say it will provide more representation for residents. Laramie County Clerk Debbye Lathrop (Lay-thrup) says the county will elect the expanded number of county commissioners beginning in 2012. She says the next move is up to the current commissioners.