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.
Washington D-C – Wyoming's chief water administrator says clean coal poses a risk to the nation's ground water supply. Wyoming state government is spending millions of dollars on finding ways to capture and store carbon emissions from burning coal. The most talked about approach is to inject the emissions underground. On a Capitol Hill briefing, Kevin Frederick of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says that would make ground water more vulnerable to contamination.
Cheyenne, – Cheyenne Frontier Days is going green. The Rodeo is teaming with Laramie's Trihydro Corporation to develop a major recycling program at Frontier Park during this year's rodeo. Concessions Chairman Darin Westby says that Frontier Days has been working on recycling for a number of years .including collecting and recycling cardboard to collecting manure and placing it in a local composting facility. Westby says this year their focus is recycling plastic.
Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal says the investment the state has made in developing scientific data is the likely the reason the Prebles Meadow Jumping mouse is being de-listed in Wyoming. Freudenthal says he believes the research, which included D-N-A testing benefited Wyoming. He says they are using the same approach on Sage Grouse and other animals that might be listed as endangered. Freudenthal credits the legislature for their funding of the data collection program.
Rock Springs, WY – The City of Rock Springs will begin spraying for mosquitoes at the city cemetery on Thursday. The spraying is part of the effort to prevent the spread of West Nile virus.
Wyoming saw 185 cases of West Nile virus last year and Sweetwater County had its first reported case.
Crews this week plan to spray a pesticide called "Biomist" that contains permethrin. Officials say the pesticide is based on compounds taken from plants and doesn't pose a significant risk to people or pets.
Cheyenne, Wy – The U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne says four Rainbow Family members have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from a confrontation with U.S. Forest Service officers. The Forest Service has said that Rainbow Family participants threw rocks and sticks at officers last Thursday when the officers were taking a man into custody for an alleged drug offense. Defendants from Texas, New Mexico, California and North Dakota pleaded guilty Monday to interfering with a Forest Service officer.
Denver, Co – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to announce Wednesday whether the Preble's meadow jumping mouse will continue to be listed as an endangered species. The announcement could affect tens of thousand acres in Colorado and Wyoming designated as a critical habitat to allow the mouse to recover. The mouse is named for its ability to leap twice its length and pivot in the air. Opponents of the endangered-species designation say the creature is the same as more common species.