San Francisco, CA – A new U.S. Forest Service rule governing the way it develops long-range plans for 192 million acres of national forests is being challenged in court.
Conservation groups don't like the way the new rule scraps the old system, which required that logging not threaten any viable populations of fish and wildlife, such as the northern spotted owl and salmon.
Laramie, Wyo – A report shows that temperatures in Wyoming and the west are rising twice as fast as in the rest of the world.
Theo Spencer of the Natural Resources Defense Fund says growth and enhanced energy development is likely behind the increase. Spencer says it has led to increased forest fires to a number of water issues.
Laramie, WY – The bankruptcy filing of Denver-based Frontier Airlines should not affect Wyoming travelers, but it depends on whether the air carrier makes changes in service.
Amber Schlabs with the state Aeronautics Division says that's because there's a close connection between Wyoming's main airline and Frontier.
"Great Lakes airlines is a co-chair partner with Frontier and being that Great Lakes serves seven of the ten communities in Wyoming, it could potentially affect things in terms of service in the state," she said.
Laramie, WY – Bears are emerging from their dens now and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it's time for people living in bear country to make some changes. The Department's Dennie Hammer says, take down the bird feeder. He says bears are very attracted to birdseed.
Also, people who live near bears and feed their pets outside should make sure that no extra pet food is left on the ground. Last year, there were more than 450 conflicts between bears and people, many of them because bears had found food or garbage near houses.
Riverton, WY – Those in the social services say that alcohol abuse remains the top substance abuse problem in Fremont County. That was the testimony during a public meeting held by a Governors Council hoping to find ways to reduce the numbers of substance abuse cases in the state.
Laramie, WY – Hundreds of tests have failed so far to show exactly why scores of elk that ate lichen died in the Red Rim area last month.
Becky Dailey is a doctoral student who works at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie. She is investigating why elk died in the area south of Rawlins both this year and in 2004.
Dailey says tests show lichen was present in all the animals' stomachs. But she says the tests otherwise haven't turned up any valuable new information that would let her solve the mystery of why the lichen killed the elk.