Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has vetoed a bill that aimed to protect ranchers who use public lands for grazing. House Bill 213 would have provided $300,000 in grants to conservation districts, allowing them to conduct more rangeland monitoring. The monitoring helps agencies make decisions on renewal of public land grazing permits. Bill supporters say federal land agencies are too backlogged to perform all necessary monitoring. But law requires they issue grazing permits anyway. They say this has allowed groups opposed to
Cheyenne, Wy – Some observers of the natural gas industry say the price of gas could go below three dollars per thousand cubic feet. That would be a blow to the state budget. Right now the price is about three dollars and eighty cents. The head of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission, Bob King, says he expects that there will be some short term fluctuations in natural gas prices, but nothing as serious as three dollar gas.
Washington D-C – Gov. Dave Freudenthal and Wyoming's congressional delegation say F.E. Warren Air Force Base would be the best place to put a new command center for the nation's nuclear arsenal. Freudenthal joined Sen. Mike Enzi, Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis in Washington to make their case to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley on Tuesday. The Global Strike Command is currently at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. Cheyenne's F.E. Warren is among six candidates to be the command center's new home.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming state parks department will soon complete a six-year project to build 32 miles of new trails at Curt Gowdy State Park near Cheyenne. Department officials say the pilot project is part of an effort to attract more visitors to state parks. They hope to make Curt Gowdy park a regional destination for mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders. The project's total cost is about $484,000. The department relied on hundreds of trail-building volunteers to help reduce costs.
Laramie, WY – State officials are still trying to decide whether a lawsuit is the next move in the battle to get Wyoming wolves removed from the endangered species list. Federal officials have allowed de-listing to occur in Montana and Idaho but have rejected efforts to remove wolves from federal protection in Wyoming. The main problem is that Wyoming has small protection areas, and wolves may be shot on sight outside of those areas.