Jackson, Wyo. – Fire managers in Grand Teton National Park and the adjacent Bridger-Teton National Forest have raised the fire danger rating to very high.
A combination of high temperatures, strong winds, low humidity and the potential for lightning prompted the managers to issue a so-called "red flag warning."
Ron Steffens, the fire use monitor for Grand Teton National Park near the Idaho border, says, "The very high fire danger rating reflects a seasonal drying of vegetation in the low- and mid-elevation areas.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Ralph Nader campaign has turned in about 8,200 signatures to get the consumer advocate's name placed on the presidential ballot in Wyoming in November. Wyoming law requires the signatures of 3,868 registered voters for a candidate to qualify for the ballot. Nader turned in his signatures to the Wyoming Secretary of State on Monday. The office is now checking those signatures to see whether enough of them belong to registered voters. Nader made the ballot in Wyoming in 2004. He's scheduled to make
Cheyenne, Wy – The Governor has not given up in his quest to get tax breaks for homeowners. In a letter to legislators he is asking that they consider what is called the Homestead Tax Exemption. It could provide a tax break for the average homeowner that averages 300 dollars a year. But Freudenthal knows he has some convincing to do.
Laramie, Wyo. – An ecologist from Colorado State University has been named the director of the Haub School and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.
Ingrid Burke says the Institute can help mediate environmental fights in the state.
"All the environmental issues that are compelling now have science that's engaged and very polar viewpoints associated. And solutions don't fall along the lines of either of the polar viewpoints," she said.
Cody, Wy – A fire burning 40 miles West of Cody has gotten so difficult to fight that a top-level national firefighting team has been called in to help. The gunbarrel fire made a run at nearly 600 houses and buildings late last week and officials have requested a national Type One fire team to come in. It could take over as early as Wednesday. Information officer Randy Moench (Munch) says crews had to do extensive work at The Star Hill Ranch in Park County.
Cheyenne, Wy – Economic development officials say budget problems at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., should not affect the center's plans to build a supercomputer in Cheyenne. The supercomputer project would cost $60 million. About a third of that would come from the state and the other two-thirds from NCAR, where the budget has been strained lately. The NCAR staff is down by more than 100 since last year. That includes some layoffs. Randy Bruns directs economic development group Cheyenne LEADS.