Laramie, Wy – Wyoming says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shouldn't try to require the state to rewrite its wolf-management law before the federal agency ends protections for gray wolves in the state. The federal wildlife agency is collecting public comments through Friday on its plan to end federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies. It's the federal government's latest move in a lengthy debate over management of the animals. Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal's office this week commented on
Laramie, Wy – The owner of the Snowy Range Ski Area outside Laramie is asking people to support the business during hard times. Rick Colling spoke to about 70 people Tuesday during a public hearing on the future of the Snowy Range Ski Area. The ski area has had financial difficulty since a fire destroyed the main lodge in 2003. A bigger lodge was built, but business has been down, and Rick and Terri Colling report having $4.5 million in debt. The Collings have been trying for a year to find a buyer for the ski area.
Laramie, Wy – A Wyoming conservation group says southeast Wyoming is the best place for wind farms in the state. Biodiversity conservation Alliance Director Eric Molvar says their study shows that southeast Wyoming would have the least amount of environmental and wildlife impacts. Molvar says the study takes into account transmission lines that would be needed for any such project. Some property rights groups object to the report, saying it would limit their ability to develop wind farms.
Hanna, Wy – A planned wind project near Hanna in Carbon County has raised concerns from some about how it might impact natural and cultural resources in the area. The Medicine Bow Conservation District and the Hanna Historical Society asked Horizon Wind Energy not to harm natural or cultural resources when building its 154-turbine wind project. The area includes a historic cemetery, sage grouse strutting grounds, archaeological sites, elk habitat and other places of significance.
Laramie, Wyo. – University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman says the fact that the Cowboys only had three conference wins in the last two seasons is the main reason he decided to fire Head Football Coach Joe Glenn.