Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming is no exception to a national trend that's seeing spring creeping earlier on the calendar each year.
Scientists say seasonal timing changes are evident in nearly every state as flowers bloom and wildlife emerge earlier than in decades past. In Wyoming, researchers say melting snowpack is an indicator of the early onset of spring.
State climatologist Steve Gray says snow has been melting and running off into streams as much as four to eight weeks earlier than the historical average.
Cheyenne, WY – The nation's largest drug-testing company reports that fewer Wyoming workers posted positive results for the use of methamphetamine in 2007 than in the two previous years.
Jennifer de Vallance is press secretary for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. She says that Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index provided information for the study, which was released by the White House.
Laramie, WY – An economic survey of rural bankers says that growth fell to a record low in Wyoming and nine other western states over the past month. The survey is seen as a measure of how the agriculture industry is doing.
Jim Krall is a crop researcher for the University of Wyoming who works in Goshen County. He says the ongoing drought is the main reason for the economic pain in eastern part of the state.
Laramie,Wy – University of Wyoming instructor Christopher Rothfuss has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Mike Enzi. The 35-year-old Rothfuss has a doctoral degree in chemical engineering and says he hopes to bring the perspective of a scientist to the predominantly lawyer-based Senate. He says there is no one in the Senate now with his scientific background. Rothfuss says the issues most important to him are energy, health care, the right to bear arms, education and withdrawal from Iraq.
Douglas, Wy – Wyoming 59 north of Douglas was closed for a time Monday after a gas pipeline running along the east side of the highway blew out and burned. The blowout occurred about 10 a.m. Monday, and the resulting fire and smoke forced closure of the two-lane highway. Most of the gas burned off around 11:30 a.m. and the highway was allowed to reopen. There were no injuries and no buildings damaged. The cause of the blowout is under investigation.
Wyoming – A lot of gun issues have come up so far this year, including the Castle Doctrine bill in the state legislature and U.S. Supreme Court taking on a Washington D.C. handgun ban. Bob Beck reports.
Wyoming – In a three-week period, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality issued three warnings about high levels of ozone pollution in the Pinedale area. It's the first time ever for this kind of warning here. The agencies that watch over natural gas development are figuring out what to do next.