Wyoming – The National Park Service wants to help even more visitors make use of the park. So this week, the Service issued a long-awaited transportation plan for Grand Teton including 42 miles of pathways.
Wyoming – A federal district court in California handed environmental groups a victory this week when it said no roads may be built in roadless forest areas. But that may not be the last word on the controversy.
Wyoming – Wyoming got some good news this week about how it protects children under the care of the state. For years, Wyoming's department of family services drew criticism for its inability to guarantee that children who are placed in foster homes by the state were safe.
Cheyenne, WY – Now that we've had our first frost, the director of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Shane Smith, tells us that there are some things you might do with those annuals and vegetables that turn brown.
Laramie, Wy – A federal district court in California handed environmental groups a victory this week. It tossed out a Bush administration plan that could have paved the way for more roads in the National Forests. That means for now a Clinton administration-era rule holds. It directed the Forest Service to preserve millions of acres of roadless areas. But Colorado University law professor Mark Squillace says the issue is likely to come before Judge Clarence Brimmer's federal district court here in Wyoming once again.
Laramie, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal says the National Park Service isn't doing its part to protect Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks from elk that escaped from an Idaho game farm. Freudenthal said this week the Park Service, quote "does not appear committed to searching out the elk and removing them." Al Nash is a spokesman for Yellowstone National Park. He says rangers patrolling the backcountry haven't spotted any of the escaped elk yet, and haven't asked for additional help.
Laramie, Wy – A Gillette store owner got a double dose of bad news yesterday this week. First, a judge ruled that more than 300 items seized from his store last year are drug paraphernalia and subject to forfeiture. Then, immediately after the trial, police raided the store again, seizing more than 25-hundred new items of alleged drug paraphernalia. Jeffery Doles owns the Hip Hop Hippie. He says it caters to tobacco users. He'd been open less than two weeks when police raided the store. When Doles reopened, police raided him again.