Laramie, WY – Lately, weather conditions in much of the state have been ideal for grasshoppers. And officials were already predicting grasshopper outbreak this summer. In response low-flying airplanes have sprayed pesticides over more than 1.4 million acres of Campbell County. The assistant weed and pest supervisor in Campbell County says it's a bit soon yet to tell if the aerial spraying is working. But he says some ranchers say they're seeing fewer grasshoppers than before the spraying.
Casper, Wy – The trial of a former Rawlins policeman accused of having sexual encounters with teens has begun in Casper. Opening arguments in the case against Adam Meacham came Friday, a day after a jury of nine women and five men were seated. Meacham has pleaded not guilty to eight felony charges. Prosecutors say Meacham had sex with a 15-year-old girl and a series of sexual encounters in 1996 with another teen who was participating in a police ride-along program. One of the alleged victims allegedly suffered from dissociative
Cheyenne, Wy – All the major candidates running for governor of Wyoming say they support the state's strategy to protect key sage grouse habitat and would continue the effort if elected. The four main Republicans and two main Democrats competing in the August primary say state restrictions on development in grouse "core population areas" is an effective plan. Gov. Dave Freudenthal issued an executive order in 2008 to enforce the restrictions. The order would stay in place unless the next governor rescinds or alters it.
Laramie, Wyo. – The start of the summer marks the beginning of the time of year when wolves are more likely to kill livestock in the state. Already, federal officials have had to kill wolves from two separate packs. The wolf coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mike Jimenez, says in one case they had to kill the entire pack, while in the other they left two adults.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – A new study finds wind developers can produce some of the cheapest wind energy in the West in Wyoming, but the energy loses some of its price advantage when delivery costs are considered.
The Wyoming Governor's Office and the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority commissioned the study to look at the cost of producing wind energy in Wyoming and how it compares to other Western states.
Jackson, Wyo. – With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, the U.S. Forest Service is reminding people that no fireworks are allowed on agency lands or on many other lands in the state. The Bridger-Teton National Forest in Jackson says current dry conditions and warmer temperatures across western Wyoming mean that it's critical for people to respect the fireworks ban. The agency says possessing or using any kind of fireworks on National Forest lands can result in a $225 fine. It says that