Laramie, WY – A federal jury has rejected a lawsuit that a former professor filed against the University of Wyoming.
Dr. Frederick Scherr had claimed in his lawsuit that he was retaliated against after reporting that Dr. James Broomfield, the director UW's Family Practice Residency Program, was sexually harassing employees.
Scherr had claimed he was pressured by the university to stop bringing up the issue and that Broomfield threatened him. Scherr said he was eventually demoted and his salary cut, prompting him to resign in 2004.
Laramie, WY – National experts are reviewing what's known about the effects of coal-bed methane gas production on this region's water.
A committee meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in Denver Tuesday comes amid a natural gas boom in the Rockies that includes coal-bed methane drilling. The process taps natural gas by pumping groundwater and releasing methane in coal seams.
The 2005 federal energy bill mandated a study of coal-bed methane production on surface and groundwater in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah and North Dakota.
Laramie, WY – Several Wyoming companies have volunteered to report their greenhouse gas emissions.
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality director John Corra says the DEQ invited 30 companies to join the Climate Registry, an international organization whose members report their levels of pollution. He says the companies that joined knew that at some point, they're going to have to report emissions. In the meantime, Corra says, reporting will be good PR.
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Democratic Party chairman says superdelegates should not overturn the national popular vote for the party's presidential candidate. Democrats are considering allowing superdelegates to have the final say in who gets picked to represent the party.
Greybull, WY – A group of residents in Greybull is fighting against a proposed ethanol plant. Motel owner Michael Lannon is part of the group collecting signatures for a petition against the plant. It would limit the amount of coal the facility could burn within city limits. Lannon says his business will be harmed by the pollution and foul odor emitted during the production of ethanol.
Laramie, Wy – One person is dead after the semi-truck he was driving rolled over along U.S. Highway 287 near Virginia Dale and the Wyoming state line. The crash occurred shortly before 6:00 this morning. Authorities say the truck was carrying letters and packages for the U.S. Postal Service, and was fully loaded at the time of the crash. The cab was crushed in the accident, and the driver was dead by the time rescue crews arrived on the scene. Conditions in the area were snowy but it's unclear what caused the crash.
Cheyenne, Wy – Wyoming's policy of allowing wolves to be shot on sight in most of the state is prompting a call in the cyber world to boycott the state and its tourism industry. Vicky Frangos is a former resident of Billings, Mont., who now lives in Santa Clarita, Calif. She has proposed the Wyoming boycott on a Web site concerned with Yellowstone issues. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed gray wolves in the Northern Rockies from federal protection on March 28. Since then, at least six wolves have been shot in Wyoming.
Sheridan, Wy – Three conservation groups have won an appeal concerning a number of oil and gas leases proposed for critical winter ranges. The Interior board of land appeals threw out eleven of 12 leases approved by the Bureau of Land management mainly because the agency did not consult with Wyoming game and fish biologists about possible wildlife impacts as is required. Wyoming Wilderness Association Director Liz Howell says the drilling in crucial winter ranges will likely have an impact.
Cheyenne, Wy – A Cheyenne archer is going to the Olympics. Jenny Nichols of Cheyenne finished at the top of the women's recurve standings at the U.S. Olympic Archery team trials in Chula Vista, Calif., on Sunday. Nichols will represent the United States in the Summer Games in Beijing in August. Nichols won the silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in 2003 and a gold medal that year at the Pan American Games. She competed at the 2004 Olympics but didn't win a medal.
Laramie, WY – Coal-bed methane producers in Gillette told Gov. Dave Freudenthal that they need help to improve working conditions as new employees continue moving into the Powder River Basin with little oil and gas experience. The governor met with members of the Powder River Basin CBM Safety Council in Gillette on Friday. Chuck Dobkins is chairman of the safety council and a senior safety specialist at Williams Production. He told the governor that there's a lack of government oversight on safety issues.