Laramie, WY – More people rode snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park this winter than in the past several years. But even the busiest day didn't approach the daily limit of 720 snowmobiles allowed in the park. On average, 299 snowmobiles entered the park between December and March 11th, when the winter season ended. Last year the average was 253. The busiest day this season was December 28th, when 542 snowmobiles entered. That's well below the daily limit of 720, that's been in place since 2004.
Laramie, WY – The dynasty that is the University of Wyoming Nordic ski team continues. The women's team won the national championship last week. That's the third championship in four years. Co-coach Christi Boggs says going in they knew the team was strong. The men's team also did well, finishing second and only trailing the winner by a single point. The coaches also point out the men won the relay event for the first time ever in a very close race. Boggs says Wyoming's racer only led at the finish by a toe.
Laramie, WY – Kemmer and Diamondville area residents should boil all water for cooking, drinking and brushing teeth. Lincoln county homeland security coordinator Georgia Walton says the problem is run-off seeping into the city water supply causing minor contamination. Walton says the weather warmed so quickly that it caused early melting and sent so much run-off so quickly into the kemmer city reservoir that it overwhelmed the treatment plant. Walton says Kemmer may not be the only area to face the problem this spring.
Cheyenne, Wy – A new report says there are more than 14-thousand Wyoming children who do NOT have health insurance. And about four out of five of them live with someone who works full-time. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the study. It says, in the last ten years, there's been a 9-percent drop in the number of low-income families whose employers offer health insurance. The foundation's Elaine Arkin says that's because the rising cost of health insurance is hitting employers hard.
Gillette, Wy – The Sierra Club is opposing the construction of a planned coal-fired power plant near Gillette. Basin Electric Power is attempting to get a state air quality permit, but the Sierra Club says it opposes any new coal plants especially those that use pulverized coal. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has recommended the permit be issued. The department says the proposed plant would be one of the cleaner ones in the nation. The public has until March 28th to comment on the permit application.