Wyoming – Elsa Partan speaks with Erik Molvar, the head of the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, about the growing number of wind farms in Southeast Wyoming. Elsa Partan speaks with Erik Molvar, the head of the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, about the growing number of wind farms in Southeast Wyoming.
Wyoming – People who have brain injury or developmental disabilities face a growing waiting list for care. Elsa Partan turns to the head of the Wyoming Department of Health, Dr. Brent Sherard, for answers.
Laramie, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park will open for the winter season on Monday but it doesn't have enough snow for snowmobiles. Park spokesman Al Nash says snow coaches that use skis for steering or metal tracks also can't be used. The Park is allowing wheeled vehicles instead.
"But that's a temporary issue," said Al Nash. "We expect to switch over to snowmobiles as snow conditions permit."
Casper, Wyo. – A spokesman for Rio Tinto says the company's layoff plans for the coming year won't include employees in company coal mines in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.
Rio Tinto Group, one of the world's largest miners, announced this week that it will cut 14,000 jobs worldwide and reduce capital investment as part of new measures to reduce its debt amid waning demand for iron ore and other metals.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the powder contained in a suspicious envelope addressed to Gov. Dave Freudenthal has proven to be harmless corn starch.
Officers intercepted the letter at the state Capitol on Thursday. Sgt. Stephen Townsend, spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said Friday that a Wyoming Department of Health laboratory determined the powder is corn starch.
Federal officials say that more than 30 such letters have been received at various state capitols around the country this week.