Jackson, Wy – Reckless skiers and snowboarders beware. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is seeking to make its slopes safer in the wake of five accidental deaths over the past two winters at the resort. Under the formal system of penalties, unsafe skiers or snowboarders could lose their pass for up to two weeks for a first violation, while two violations in a three-year span will result in an automatic one-year loss of lift privileges. The repercussions for reckless skiing are particularly harsh for repeat offenders,
Laramie, Wy – The Parks and Recreation Department in Cheyenne is proposing a 33 million dollar recreation center. Amenities at the center include five gyms, pools, a running track, and arts and crafts facilities. The Director of Recreation, Tom Bogan, says they will present this proposal to the city council Wednesday night. He says it is important because Cheyenne is the last sizeable city in Wyoming to have a rec center.
Laramie, Wy – The tax on cigarettes in Wyoming is well below the national average. But, that could change during the next legislative session. Nationwide the average cigarette tax is 92 cents a pack. Right now smokers in this state pay 60 cents. The legislature's health committee is mulling over a 40 cent increase. Representative John Hastert a member of the committee says the hope is to stop kids from starting to smoke. And cigarettes are a gateway drug, meaning people that use them often move on to more serious and hazardous drugs.
Gillette, Wy – The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission was set to discuss removing the grizzly bear from the endangered species list today (Monday) at its meeting in Gillette. But the federal government still hasn't released the proposal to delist the grizzly. John Emmerich is the Assistant Wildlife Division Chief for Wyoming the Game and Fish Department. He says they are anxiously awaiting action from Washington.
Washington D-C – A new study suggests that pollution limits on snowmobiles may have helped. The study, commissioned by the Park service,focused on the west entrance of Yellowstone National park. It shows employees in Yellowstone were exposed to lower levels of air and noise pollution, after new limits took effect on the number and type of snowmobiles allowed in the park. But researchers say further study is needed, before they can make a direct connection between the declines in noise and pollution and the new snowmobile rules.