Powell, Wy – Former Wyoming Senate President Dick Jones, founder of a long-haul trucking company, died Wednesday. He was 97. Jones represented the Powell area in the state Senate from 1955 to 1974, when he stepped down to run for governor. He won the Republican nomination but lost to Democrat Ed Herschler in the general election. Jones was born and grew up in Huntley, Mont., where his Swedish immigrant parents homesteaded. He founded Dick Jones Trucking in Powell in 1935. Jones was
Powell, Wy – A downhill ski area in northern Wyoming that has been closed the past four winters could reopen by this Thanksgiving. The Sleeping Giant ski area is located in the Shoshone National Forest about five miles east of Yellowstone National Park. It has been closed since U.S. Forest Service managers determined that it required extensive repairs. But investors and others are undertaking some $3 million in repairs and improvements, including snowmaking machines, a new ski lift and expanded runs.
Riverton, Wy – Scientists from the French Embassy are touring energy sites in Wyoming this week. Today (Thursday) they stopped at reclaimed uranium mines in the Gas Hills east of Riverton. Philippe Jamet says France is trying to reclaim their old uranium mines. He says it's no longer profitable in France to mine uranium. "France is a quite densely populated country, so when it comes to getting permitted for mining, especially uranium mining, it's very difficult to obtain such permits. " Some of the uranium currently mined in Wyoming is shipped to France for nuclear power.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming coal producers say they have seen some unfair tax increases and are working with legislators to change the formula that is used to tax them. The goal is to establish more of a fixed rate method of taxation and not charge companies for infrastructure improvements that have little to do with developing coal. But the Equality State Policy Center is concerned about such a change. Sarah Gorin says industry should be treated like everyone else that makes property enhancements, who also have to pay more in Wyoming Taxes.
Pinedale, Wy – The Bureau of Land Management will release its Pinedale Resource Management Plan tomorrow (Friday). The plan says how a million acres of federal land will be used over the next 15 to 20 years.
The latest draft of the plan allowed up to 44-hundred new natural gas wells to be drilled in the area. Conservation groups protested that number, saying it would cause too much environmental damage. They say they'll be watching carefully to see how many wells the final plan allows.
Laramie, Wy – Last night, Wyoming voters narrowed their field of candidates in local and national races. The state's next member of the U.S. House of Representatives will either be Republican Cynthia Lummis or Democrat Gary Trauner, following a convincing Lummis victory in the Republican Primary. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports.
Laramie, Wy – People living in Laramie have several new transit options. Gregory Jordan with the University of Wyoming Transit and Parking Service says they launched three new bus routes. Jordan says this will help people get to campus as parking gets more limited. But it also will help residents without cars get groceries, access medical services and other needs. He expects the service to increase in the near future and next year their are plans to add a route that runs into West Laramie.
Powell, Wy – Some people are opposing a proposed wild horse roundup in the Pryor Mountains of northern Wyoming because they fear the animals will end up being euthanized. But a federal official said killing the horses is not part of the plan. The Billings, Mont., Bureau of Land Management field office has proposed gathering 38 wild horses from the Pryor Mountain herd. The proposal came at a time when a bureau advisory board in Nevada proposed euthanizing wild horses as a strategy to cope with
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield says despite several interesting county races and an open U-S house seat that turnout for Tuesday's primary was low. Maxfield says only 47 percent of registered voters cast ballots and only 26 percent of those who are of voting age in the state actually went to the polls. Maxfield admits that with an open U-S House seat and a number of interesting local races that there would be more interest.