Laramie, WY – Yellowstone National Park has already seen a few small wild fires this year - and it's not even fire season yet. Park spokesman Al Nash says Yellowstone is drier than last year, and that might mean a bad fire season ahead.
"We've already had two lightning starts, the earliest was in mid-April, which is the earliest fire start we have on record," Nash said.
Laramie, WY – The Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's parent company is listening to offers for all or part of the company in an effort to finance a six billion-dollar expansion project derailed by a denied federal loan. That's according to a report by Trains Magazine. The magazine says investment bankers representing Cedar American Rail Holdings approached potential suitors and invited ten to hear presentations by CEO Kevin Schieffer during the past two weeks. The article sways Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway are among the finalists.
Laramie, WY – A man was attacked by a grizzly bear early this morning in the woods near Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National park. Fifty-four year old Dennis VanDenbos of Lander received non-life threatening puncture wounds and lacerations from a female bear. She had three cubs and a freshly killed elk carcass nearby. Grand Teton National Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says Van Denbos watching carefully for bears but found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Laramie, WY – Just shy of its hundredth birthday, the Mountain View Hotel in Centennial has just been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Just after its birthday on July 4, hotel owner Ev Elmendorf is serving the original menu of trout, eggs, biscuits and potatoes for the original price of 50 cents. She recently learned a trout story from the hotel's early days.
Laramie, WY – Increasing commercial air service in Wyoming is wearing out the state's smaller airports. Shelly Reams of the state Transportation Department's aeronautics division told lawmakers meeting in Casper that smaller airports are seeing more traffic from business jets. Reams says that's caused a critical need for runway and approach improvements at smaller airports. Between 2002 and 2006, commercial air service grew by more than 37 percent in the state. Meanwhile, construction costs have increased 100 percent since 1988 -- further exacerbating the problem.