Laramie, WY – Wyoming state foresters have downplayed a new fire study by Oregon State University that's received national attention.
The study suggests the common practice of salvage logging and replanting saplings could actually make future fires burn more severely.
Assistant State Forester Bill Haagenson says Wyoming does harvest timber for sales after a fire, but does not typically replant saplings. And Haagenson says the study doesn't really apply in Wyoming because the forests are completely different.
Laramie, WY – More tourists are visiting Wyoming and spending more money in the state. The most recent figures available show that in 2006 tourists spent nearly $2.5 billion in Wyoming. Wyoming travel and tourism director Diane Shobur says she believes an increase in spending on national advertising has helped generate more interest in the state.
Shobur says that for the entire year inquiries into her office are up by nearly 50 percent.
Laramie, WY – The US Supreme Court ruled against a rancher from Hot Springs today in a case about federal access to his land. Harvey Robbins had accused six Bureau of Land Management employees of trying to coerce him into granting an easement on a road leading to the Shoshone National Forest. The case is important to the government because it could have exposed individual federal workers to personal liability.
Laramie, WY – US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell publicly welcomed Wyoming's new Senator Dr. John Barrasso into the fold. McConnell says Barrasso will benefit from the expertise of the late Craig Thomas' staff and over the next week he'll receive an orientation from several Senate administrative and legislative offices. Barrasso is expected to be sworn in sometime next week. Also The office of the vice president says Dick Cheney called Barrasso to congratulate him and say he looks forward to working with him.
Gillette, WY – Campbell County High School is scheduled to add an energy academy in the fall of 2008 for students interested in energy related jobs. Some say the idea of such career academies should be expanded to other fields. The idea behind such academies is to increase academic performance and interest and keep students in school. Under the concept, students enrolled in an academy would be taught the core high school subjects but would take other classes dealing with the specific career they are interested in.