Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming Speaker of the House Colin Simpson urged lawmakers to set strong priorities as the legislative session gets under way.
Simpson kicked off the session by asking House members to focus on bedrock principles: "Investments in infrastructure that promote education, business development, job and wage growth, health and safety issues, protection of our valuable industries and economies and protection of our revenue streams."
Cody, Wyo. – A nonprofit seeking to revitalize the Sleeping Giant ski area west of Cody is planning a fundraising event.
The executive director of the Yellowstone Recreation Foundation says the event will be held either in Cody or at the ski area in early February.
The State Loan and Investment Board last week approved a $500,000 grant for renovation of the ski area. One stipulation: The Yellowstone Recreation Foundation must raise an additional $800,000 by April 30.
Laramie, Wyo. – At last count, 124 wolves were found in Yellowstone. The number of breeding pairs in the park has dropped from 10 to 6. And Park Biologist Glen Plumb says the overall population has fallen 27 percent since 2007.
It's the first drop in wolf populations in the park in three years. Plumb says there is no need for alarm. Population swings are normal. But he does want to learn why it's happening. He says the culprits could be wolves attacking other wolves, and the canine disease distemper.
Cheyenne, WY – Some Wyoming lawmakers want to increase the penalty for anyone who intentionally kills a pregnant woman.
The new bill is slightly different from a bill that passed both houses of the Wyoming Legislature two years ago that was vetoed by Gov. Dave Freudenthal.
The 2007 bill would have allowed two counts of homicide to be filed against someone who killed a pregnant woman and her fetus. Freudenthal vetoed the bill saying that it would needlessly get the state embroiled in the national debate over abortion.
Sundance, Wy – Test results from the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality show that Sundance residents can safely drink city water. Crook County Emergency Management Coordinator Gari Gill said Monday that tests completed over the weekend prompted the city to lift a ban on drinking water that began when diesel fuel was detected in the water. Residents of the northern half of Sundance had been restricted from drinking city water for a week. Gill has said a contract driller accidentally polluted the city
Laramie, Wy – A lobbyist for the Wyoming Outdoor Council says the group disapproves of one wolf management bill headed for introduction in the Legislature but approves of another. Richard Garrett says the Outdoor Council approves of a bill that would classify wolves as trophy game that would be subject to regulated hunting outside the Yellowstone region. That bill also would allow wolves that are preying on livestock to be killed. Garrett says the group doesn't approve of a bill that would