Laramie, WY – Attorney General Pat Crank says papers have been filed in a federal district court this week that would allow hunting bison on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson. Meanwhile, a hunt scheduled for Saturday was delayed because a nine-year federal ban wasn't lifted in time. Refuge Manager Steve Kallin says the 12-hundred bison that come to the refuge to graze on alfalfa pellets must be contained.
Laramie, WY – The Interior Department has granted more than half a million dollars for projects at Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
The money hasn't been handed over yet, but Congress is expected to approve the department's Centennial Initiative, which would grant about 1 billion dollars for national parks over the next several years.
Laramie, WY – Some 35 students from across the country will be taking classes at Wyoming's new four year college. After three years, Wyoming Catholic College becomes a reality September 3rd when it opens its doors in Lander. The college offers a traditional liberal arts curriculum.
Father Bob Cook is the College President and he says everyone affiliated with the school is excited to get the doors open.
Jackson, Wy – Two presidential hopefuls swung through the state this week. Democrat Bill Richardson and Republican Mitt Romney were in Jackson shaking hands with locals and filling the war chest for the battle ahead.
Laramie, WY – A South Dakota legislative panel has given its approval to new rules that likely will be used to determine whether the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad can use eminent domain to acquire land for its expansion project.
The South Dakota Legislature's Rules Review Committee approved rules passed last week by the state Transportation Commission.
The commission has been asked to grant the DM&E the right of eminent domain to acquire land in western South Dakota so it can extend its east-west line into Wyoming's coal fields.
Laramie, WY – Cooler temperatures are allowing Yellowstone National Park to lift fishing restrictions on many of the park's rivers and creeks.
The restrictions were imposed July 21st because of high water temperatures that can be stressful or fatal to trout.
Under the restrictions, anglers couldn't fish during the afternoon hours when water temperatures were at their highest. But recent cooler temperatures during the day have resulted in lower water temperatures.
The fishing restrictions will no longer be in effect as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.