Rawlins, Wyo. – An energy company has applied to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for a permit to allow construction of 1,000 wind turbines south of Rawlins.
Bruce Collins is a spokesman with the Rawlins office of the BLM. He says the Power Company of Wyoming has applied for a right of way permit for two wind farms. He says the notice of the proposal hasn't been issued to the public yet.
Laramie, Wy – The U.S. Forest Service will temporarily close about 13 campgrounds and picnic areas in the Laramie and Centennial region to spray trees to protect them from bark beetles. The Laramie Ranger District says the areas will be closed at varying times starting Monday and continuing through Friday. Recreation manager Roger Anderson says people will be moved out of areas when spraying takes place and the sites will be closed for 24 hours to let the spray dry. The Forest Service hopes to protect the trees from beetles that
Douglas, Wy – The company that operates the only uranium in-situ leach mining operation in the state has agreed to pay one point four million dollars because of alleged groundwater violations. The State's Department of Environmental quality accused Power Resources Incorporated of a long list of violations including delaying the restoration of groundwater near its mine in Converse County. The company agreed to pay the state 900-thousand dollars in penalties and another 500-thousand for environmental projects related to uranium mining.
Wheatland, Wy – New figures from the U-S Census Bureau out today (Thursday) show communities in southwest Wyoming are booming. But the same cannot be said to the east where there is no oil and gas development.
Gillette, Wy – A former Gillette police officer pleaded guilty on Thursday to a felony drug charge. Twenty-three-year-old Thomas Brent Clark pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to deliver marijuana. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss another felony charge of delivery of marijuana and agreed to recommend that he not serve any prison time. Clark was hired by the Gillette Police Department in January and worked there until the middle of March. Prosecutors charge that Clark in February took about a pound of
Washington D-C – As one of the nation's top coal-producers, Wyoming is spending millions of dollars on the development of clean coal technologies. Now the US Congress is considering a bill that would tax consumers to fund such research.
Cheyenne, Wy – Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the bishop of Cheyenne to head the Green Bay diocese in the United States. The Vatican said Wednesday that 55-year-old Monsignor David L. Ricken has been appointed to the Wisconsin post. Ricken is from Kansas and has studied Church law at Rome's prestigious Pontifical Gregorian University.