Laramie, Wy – The general consensus is that gas prices are going up across the country. A University of Wyoming professor of economics and finance says the Cowboy State could see prices around two dollars and forty cents a gallon this summer. Walt Werner predicts that the cost of gas won't go under $1.50 for ten to 12 years and then only if there is a significant development of alternative energy sources. Werner says a national energy policy could help to show where the oil reserves are and set up plans for them, but the policy won't have a long term effect on gas prices.
Laramie, Wy – U-S Representative Barbara Cubin has introduced legislation to prevent any attempt to give Devils Tower in northeast Wyoming another name. A spokesman for the Republican says the action is meant as a warning to Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton that a pending proposal by the National Park Service to designate the monolith as "Bear Lodge National Historic Landmark" will meet with opposition.
Laramie, Wy – Country music artist and former world champion bareback bronc rider Chris LeDoux has died. He was 56. His recording company Capitol Records says LeDoux died this morning in a Casper, Wyoming, hospital following a lengthy liver-related illness. Ledoux had checked into the hospital earlier this week following complications from ongoing treatment for cancer of the bile duct and was with family and friends at the time of his death.
Laramie, Wy – Last week a report came out saying there is a deposit of opal in Fremont County. The Bureau of Land Management's Lander Field Manager says since then there has been an opal rush. Jack Kelly says he doesn't know exactly how many people are out looking for the gem, but it's quite a large number. He says some are casual rock hunters and others are professionals staking claims. So, far no one has filed a claim at the state office of the B-L-M, but the rules say they have 90 to stake their claim.
Cody, WY – Park County tourism officials are expressing relief now that they know Yellowstone National Park's east gate will not be closed for the month of October. Originally, the road over Sylvan Pass was to be closed for construction this May and October, but the Park Service has decided that neither month-long closure will happen. Gene Bryan is the Executive Director of the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce. He says after the closure of the East Gate in 2003 because of fire and 2004 because of mudslides, any major shut-down this year would have been too much.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming medical community Tuesday launched a public-awareness campaign to keep the focus on adequate and timely access to health care. Doctor and hospital representatives held a news conference in Cheyenne to kick off the campaign, which will include public forums, advertising and distribution of red wristbands bearing the phrase "Will Care Be There?"
Laramie, Wy – The American Civil Liberties Union might soon mount a legal challenge to a Bureau of Land Management decision to lease Martin's Cove to the Mormon church. Around 200 Mormon handcart pioneers perished in a blizzard at Martin's Cove in 1856. The site in southern Natrona County is considered sacred by many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Last year, the B-L-M signed a 25-year lease with church officials, giving the church management control of 933 acres in exchange for annual payments of 16-thousand dollars.
Laramie, Wy – This week in Jackson people from the entire Yellowstone area are gathering to talk about what parts of life in the region they want to preserve for future generations. It is part of the Greater Yellowstone Power of Place Conference. Organizer Jonathan Schechter says they want to establish shared values. The next step is to compile information about those values. Schechter says community leaders may eventually be able to use that research. Schechter says there has never been a cross discipline discussion like this one in the Yellowstone region.