Cody, WY – The superintendent of Yellowstone National Park says early signs point to a strong tourist season this summer.
Superintendent Suzanne Lewis says she's optimistic, despite the high gas prices, because reservations are at the same level or ahead of last year. She noted that 2007 was a record year for Yellowstone, with visitation up 10 percent.
Lewis spoke Monday during National Parks Day, a traditional summer tourism kickoff event in Cody.
Laramie, WY – A study released by the Rockefeller Institute of Government in New York finds that Wyoming's community colleges have one of the highest enrollments in the nation.
Executive Director of the Wyoming Community College Commission, Jim Rose, says that's partly because there are only two four-year colleges in Wyoming, and not all students can attend it. But he says community colleges are also well-funded by the state, so they attract many students who can afford only a modest tuition.
Gardiner, MT – Warm temperatures and abundant sunshine are prompting Yellowstone National Park bison to return to their summer ranges inside the park.
Park managers on Monday opened the corrals at the Stephens Creek bison capture pens northwest of Gardiner. Park officials said about 300 bison headed south toward Mammoth, and then east into the Lamar Valley; or south toward Fountain Flats, the Central Plateau and Hayden Valley.
Laramie, WY – School teachers from neighboring states are moving to Wyoming to take advantage of higher salaries. Last year, the average Wyoming teacher's salary jumped from about $40,000 to about $53,000.
Wyoming Education Association President Kathryn Valido says that's drawn many teachers here from Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Idaho, and as far away as California. Valido says this larger applicant pool has affected the quality of teaching.
Cheyenne, WY – The U.S. Solicitor General recommends that the U.S. Supreme Court deny the state of Wyoming's request to shoot down a lawsuit in which the state of Montana says it's not getting enough water from two rivers that flow north across the state line.
U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement told the Supreme Court last week that it should allow Montana to proceed with its suit. Montana claims Wyoming uses too much water from the Tongue and Powder Rivers.
Wyoming – This is the first in an occasional series on great Wyoming books... books that capture the landscape and the spirit of this state. Joining us is Princeton Journalism Professor John McPhee. His 1987 book "Rising from the Plains inspired its Wyoming readers to see their backyard as a story billions of years in the making.