South Pass City, WY – Conservation groups and historians are concerned about plans for gold exploration on South Pass. The Alliance for Historic Wyoming is worried about the possible effects that mining could have on sage grouse and historic emigrant trails. The Oregon, California, Pony Express and Mormon Pioneer trails converge in the area proposed for gold exploration by a Canadian company. Steve Cameron is president of Fremont Gold Corporation. He says until more is known about the underground deposits, his company cannot offer a mine plan.
Cheyenne, WY – Gasoline prices in Wyoming have climbed back into record territory. According to AAA, the average price of regular unleaded in the state is now $2.25 a gallon. That's 10 cents higher then it was in late June and up 38 cents from a year ago. AAA says Hurricane Dennis interfered with production and shipping along the Gulf of Mexico.
Jackson, WY – A sportsmen's group is alarmed about a possible reduction in elk numbers that could result from a draft management plan for the National Elk Refuge. The plan that came out last week would reduce the amount of elk feeding in the winter and encourage more of the animals to find forage on native winter ranges. The group Wyoming Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife is opposing the plan.
Washington, DC – Wyoming's lone member of the US House of Representatives says she is definitely planning to run for another term next year. That's despite Barbara Cubin's heart attack earlier this month. Cubin says she's not quite back to 100%, but she feels good. And she views the heart attack as a "golden opportunity" to live a healthier lifestyle, including better eating habits and exercise. Cubin was elected to her sixth term in the U.S. House last November and is up for re-election again in November 2006.
Laramie, Wy – Despite several hours of closed door discussion, the University of Wyoming trustees still have not picked a search firm to look for a New President. Trustees reviewed various firms and have narrowed their list down to two and will research both groups before picking someone to find a replacement for Phil Dubois. Trustee President Judy Richards says despite the delay in moving ahead with a search Richards says all is well.
Laramie, Wy – Plans to expand Laramie's Jacoby Golf course and build several new homes on the site continue to move forward. During further discussion on the plan, President Tom Buchanan says he has brought in some third parties to make sure things are going smoothly and to insure that U-W is not at any risk. Buchanan says he believes the University really has more to gain then lose. Laramie Trustee Warren Lauer believes the project could be a benefit, but he also wants to make sure they keep a close eye on things.
Dubois, WY – Planning meetings were held this week in Dubois for how to implement a program that aims to revitalize downtown areas. Dubois, Laramie, and Green River were chosen for the Wyoming Main Street program, which was revived by the Legislature this year. Arden Lindsey is spearheading the local end of the Main Street effort, as the President of Dubois Volunteers Incorporated. She says the program fits where Dubois hopes to go because it concentrates on both economic development and historic preservation.
Jackson, WY – Federal officials released a draft management plan for the National Elk Refuge Thursday that features less reliance on winter feeding. The plan also would allow bison hunting on the refuge to reduce the herd size. Refuge manager Barry Reiswig says the bison hunting would help reduce the herd size from close to 900 animals to between 450 and 500. Officials are proposing using sprinkler irrigation to improve forage on the refuge, near Jackson and in the park. The idea would be to reduce reliance on elk feeding to perhaps four to five of every ten winters.