Missoula, Mt – The fate of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies is now in the hands of a federal judge in Montana, after advocacy groups argued in court that the animal's recovery is threatened by their recent removal from the endangered list. Wyoming, Montana and Idaho plan public hunts for the region's 1,500 wolves this fall. Attorneys for a dozen environmental and animals rights groups on Thursday urged U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy to block the states' plans. They asked for an injunction to restore endangered
Wilson, Wy – The Teton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the possibility that a husband and wife whose bodies were found inside a burning house were killed by "suspicious trauma" before the fire. Capt. Jim Whalen says firefighters found the two bodies while they were putting out the Wednesday morning fire, which consumed a guest house at a ranch about two miles north of Wilson. The Sheriff's Office is investigating the fire as a possible arson case because gas cans and the odor of gas were found inside
Sheridan, Wy – The U.S. Forest Service has shut down two resorts in the Big Horn Mountains, alleging health and safety violations. Bighorn National Forest special use program manager Gayle Laurent says Deer Haven Resort and Meadowlark Lake Resort will both be closed until the problems are fixed at the facilities. The resorts' permits were suspended last week. The resorts are owned by Wyoming Mountain Resorts, which does business under the name Bighorn Mountain Resorts.
Cheyenne, Wy – The State Game and Fish department says a lot more data crunching has to happen before a final energy drilling policy is made for the Powder River Basin. Yesterday the Bureau of Land Management said it would put off approving more than one gas well per 500 acres in certain areas because of dwindling sage grouse. John Emmerich is the Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He says this is just a starting point balanced approach to both sage grouse and energy in that area.
Jackson, Wy – The next time you ski in Teton County it will be smoke free. Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King have all agreed to go smoke free throughout their resorts. Teton County Tobacco Prevention Manager Julia Heemstra says it is important to note that all three resorts volunteered to be smoke free. Heemstra says no other resorts in the country have passed such comprehensive smoke free policies. Bridger-Teton Forest officials also hope that the policy will cut down on the numbers of forest fires that are caused by improper cigarette disposal.
Wyoming – The National Weather service hopes that Laramie's tornado proves that they can occur in Wyoming. Bob Beck speaks with Andy Church of the National Weather Service about how to stay safe in a tornado.