Wyoming – Wyoming recycles less trash than almost any other state. But there's a growing movement across Wyoming to recycle more... and it's not just environmentalists making the push. Addie Goss reports.
Cheyenne, Wyo. – Wyoming is one of a dozen Western states where the Treasury Department is introducing a Social Security debit card.
It can be used to pay bills or draw cash. There is no sign-up fee and no bank account is required.
About two million Social Security recipients are getting sign-up information with their September checks. The other states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
Recipients can sign up by phone, 1-877-212-9991, or online.
Laramie, Wyo. – The economics of America's energy debate are often left out of the discussion.
That's according to panelists at a University of Wyoming energy economics summit Thursday.
Carbon capture, clean coal, and oil extraction are topics of the day. But the governor's energy advisor Rob Hurless says politicians, environmentalists, and sometimes even industry ignore underlying business principles.
Laramie, Wyo. – The head of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority will step down at the end of next month.
Steve Waddington says he was proud to get three major power line projects going during his time as director. He says the legislature set up the authority in 2004 with the idea that Wyoming should export electricity from coal. But the possibility of federal carbon taxes derailed those plans.
Laramie, WY – Climate change might be affecting the behavior of big game animals in the Rocky Mountain West. The US Geological Survey is looking for connections between changing snow pack and animal behaviors like feeding and migration.
USGS disease ecologist Paul Cross says climate change is already shaping Wyoming's landscape: "What we've seen in the Jackson Pinedale region is snowpack's almost 50 percent down in January from what it was in 1950."
Cheyenne, Wyo. – The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a Gillette man's convictions for murder and conspiracy in the death of a teenager who was strangled and dumped by the side of an interstate highway in 2005.
The court on Wednesday rejected an appeal from Kent Alan Proffit, Sr. He's serving life in prison without parole in the death of Jeremy Forquer, 19.
The Wyoming Supreme Court last week also upheld Proffit's separate conviction of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of another teenager.
Laramie, Wyo. – The Bureau of Land Management recently published its long-range plan for Pinedale.
It increases the amount of land that cannot be drilled by 150 percent, to nearly 440-thousand acres.
Kathleen Sgamma with the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States says that was a bad idea.
"When you take something off the table, you don't necessarily know how much you're taking off," Sgamma says. "You can't really prove up a resource until you start to drill some wells and do some exploration."