Baggs, WY – Members of the Wyoming Army National Guard and local volunteers are working to shore up the banks of the Little Snake River near Baggs as high waters continue to threaten the southern Wyoming town.
Mayor Linda Corners says water had not breached any of the diversion dikes and there is no water in the town.
Today's peak river level never exceeded yesterday's peak.
Abundant snowpack in the Sierra Madre mountain range and warm temperatures have made for high levels of runoff in the river basin.
Cheyenne, WY – Williams natural gas company said today that it plans to double the processing capacity and production of natural gas liquid at its Echo Springs plant in southern Wyoming.
The Tulsa, Okla.-based company says it will spend up to 233 million dollars to expand the plant, which processes gas from the Washakie Basin. Williams plans to start construction next year and finish in late 2010, pending necessary permits.
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.