Laramie, Wy – Wyoming U-S House Candidate Gary Trauner says he will do what it takes to balance the budget. Trauner says many give lip service to being fiscally responsible but he plans on taking action. Some Republican organizations have charged that Trauner will not admit to whether he would raise taxes. During an interview with Wyoming Public Radio Trauner admitted that everything is on the table
Cheyenne, Wy – The U.S. Forest Service is going ahead with an environmental study into proposed oil and gas leasing in a scenic mountain range in western Wyoming. Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal had protested that the agency allowed an energy company too much influence in the study. The Forest Service is conducting an environmental study on whether to allow oil and gas leasing on nearly 45,000 acres in and around the Wyoming Range. Freudenthal says the Forest Service has allowed Stanley Energy
Helena, Montana – A Montana request for up to 100 white-tailed prairie dogs from Wyoming goes before that state's wildlife commissioners this week.
Montana wants the animals to bolster the state's population of white-tailed prairie dogs. They exist in the western two-thirds of Wyoming, but Montana has just 10 colonies, all in Carbon County south of Billings.
The prairie dogs serve as prey for some other animals, including the endangered black-footed ferret.
Laramie, WY – Those who use the outdoors to hunt and fish are developing a bill of rights. The document is being circulated around the state and says sportsmen and women have the right to use public lands and have the right to react to how energy development is conducted on those lands.
Outfitter Gary Amerine of Daniel says they want to see public lands managed with a long term view. He says that too often, the goal is too focused on developing energy with little thought given to the land.
Rawlins, Wy – Blame Mother Nature and not an experimental cloud-seeding effort for the heavy snow that fell on the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre Mountains this winter. Bruce Boe of Weather Modification Incorporated thinks the experimental cloud-seeding effort that got into full swing this past winter may have added a small amount of snow to the above-average snowpack in the mountains. Weather Modification of North Dakota is carrying out a carefully controlled five-year study of cloud seeding using the Snowies,
Cody, Wy – Congress continues to try and reach an agreement on the farm bill. At stake are a number of programs to help farmers, as well as a variety of food subsidy programs. The Bush administration has targeted the program for cuts. In Wyoming, farmers say they are watching negotiations closely. One such observer is Cody Sugar Beet Farmer Glen Reed, who says early versions of the Farm Bill contained three critical elements for the sugar industry.