GARDINER, Mont. – American Indians who trace their people's existence to the survival of bison are praying for more than 1,700 of the animals killed or removed from Yellowstone National Park this winter.
The bison are being killed under a livestock protection program meant to control the spread of the disease brucellosis.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, a spiritual leader for the Lakota tribe, is calling for federal and state officials to scrap the program before the park's bison population is permanently damaged.
Helena, Mont. – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama face a tough sell in pro-gun Western states, where the concentration of gun owners is high.
In the rural West, suspicions linger about both presidential candidates' past support of gun control. And westerners are concerned about Obama's recent comments, that people in downtrodden areas -- in Obama's words -- "cling to guns or religion."
Cheyenne, Wy – Cheyenne motivational speaker Swede Nelson says he's backing out of the race for Wyoming's seat in the U.S. House. Nelson is a Republican. He says his daughters and grandchildren have become more important and he doesn't have enough funding to continue. Nelson announced his campaign in September. He says his campaign has been an "extraordinary experience" that he will never forget. That leaves four Republican candidates vying to replace Rep. Barbara Cubin, who is not seeking re-election. They are retired
Rawlins, Wy – A man who won a new trial after being sentenced to death for killing a prison guard has pleaded guilty to felony murder. James Harlow entered the plea Tuesday and Carbon County District Judge Wade Waldrip sentenced him to life in prison - Harlow's fourth life term. Harlow already has been serving three life terms for the rape and murder of a Rock Springs girl in 1985. Harlow was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1997 stabbing death of Cpl. Wayne Martinez. In February, U.S. District Judge
Casper, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Family Services says it's investigating possible neglect at a juvenile detention facility in Casper. The department says it's looking into a claim that a staff member knew about but didn't report a boy-on-boy assault. In another case, a staff member allegedly saw but didn't report a group of boys who were gathered around two naked boys and who scattered when staff showed up. Department spokeswoman Juliette Rule says the department
Washington D-C – A congressional committee is disappointed with the Bush administration's approach to getting more electricity from power plants to consumers. It would be done by building so called transmission corridors from western states that develop the most energy. But a congressional committee is worried that too much of that energy would come from traditional fossil fuels like coal. States also want more say over where the corridors would be located.
Riverton, Wy – A Wyoming community college president is worried about the future of her school's budget. Central Wyoming College President Jo Anne McFarland says her school's budget situation for 20-10 is unclear. That's because the Wyoming Community College Commission recently announced that money for 20-10 would be put on hold until a state task force revaluates its funding formula. McFarland says that releasing only half of the money means colleges can only plan one year into the future and that's a problem because
Cheyenne, Wy – A booking company for Cheyenne Frontier Days is suing an animal rights group in the wake of a decision by the Matchbox Twenty pop rock band to pull out of a scheduled performance this summer. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Cheyenne by Omaha, Neb.-based Romeo Entertainment Group. It seeks a court order to stop the group called SHARK, which stands for Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, from contacting any entertainers that have agreed or may agree in the future to perform at Frontier Days.
Laramie, WY – Officials with the Shoshone National Forest say they will go forward with long-term planning after coming into compliance with federal law.
The agency had been working to update a forest plan that dated back to1986. But last April, a judge in California ruled those efforts violated several laws, including the Endangered Species Act. The plan's editor Susie Douglas says the Forest Service has addressed those issues and is ready to resume talks on modern problems affecting the forest.