Jackson, Wy – Federal agencies want to use public hunting to kill more elk and bison to reduce the herds that winter on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson in northwest Wyoming. The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service announced today (Wednesday) that they intend to reduce the number of elk that spend the winter on the elk refuge near Jackson from as many as 75-hundred currently to about five-thousand. The agencies want the number of bison that winter on the refuge
Worland, WY – The drought has forced farmers to cut back on the amount of planted sugar beet acreage in the areas surrounding Worland. Wyoming Sugar Company chief executive Cal Jones says the drought reduced the number of acres that were able to be planted because there is not enough supply of summer irrigation water available. That means fewer beets will be harvested this fall. Jones say the number of employees at Wyoming Sugar's plant will not be affected but there will be less work for them.
Laramie, Wy – Gov. Dave Freudenthal said Senator Thomas was the kind of politician who worked hard to represent the values and beliefs of his constituents. "Senator Thomas understood and practiced the art of representative democracy. He traveled Wyoming nearly every weekend, spoke with the citizens of the state and would often ask them what did they think about an issue?" Freudenthal praised the senator's defense of public lands and his advocacy for the state's national parks. The Governor ordered flags to be lowered to half staff.
Washington D-C – Vice President Dick Cheney says that Senator Craig Thomas was a strong willed person who avoided partisan battles and will be missed by Wyoming. Cheney was surprised to learn that Thomas had taken a turn for the worse this weekend, since he last saw Thomas within the last couple of weeks and that he looked great. Cheney remembers when Thomas won a special election to replace him as Wyoming's Congressman, when Cheney became Secretary of Defense. He says he was specially qualified for the post, since he knew Wyoming so well.
Cheyenne, Wy – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is launching a court-ordered review of whether the wolverine should be classified as endangered. The regional Fish and Wildlife office in Denver said today that it would look at whether the wolverine should be federally protected under the Endangered Species Act. Conservation groups have petitioned the federal government several times to protect the wolverine. The Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected the petitions, saying it didn't have enough