Moose, WY – It was a slow season for elk hunters in Grand Teton National Park this fall. Preliminary figures show that hunters killed 287 elk this year. That's down from 484 in 2003, 500 in 2002 and 375 in 2001. Grand Teton spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says the lack of snow this fall is likely the cause. Without snow on the ground, herds probably stayed in their summer ranges. Skaggs says this year's figure could still increase as late reports from hunters come in. But even so, numbers are likely to be down.
Laramie, Wy – There are over six hundred jobs available in Rock Springs right now. The C-E-O of the city's chamber of commerce, Dave Hanks, says most of the jobs are in the service sector, but there's also demand for professionals and people with technical expertise. Hanks says employers are having trouble filling the positions because the unemployment rate is less than two percent and because it's hard to find a place to live in Rock Springs, where even the motel/hotel occupancy rates are the highest in the state.
Laramie, Wy – Federal wildlife authorities are offering rewards of up to five thousand dollars for information about four separate wolf killings in southern Idaho. Scott Kabasa is a special agent with the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service. He says the wolves appear to have been shot sometime between the months of October and November. That's also when there were more hunters in the field. Six wolves have been poached in southern Idaho this year. Statewide totals aren't available yet.
Cheyenne, Wy – A compromise has finally been reached on a bill that would set up agreements between surface landowners and mineral developers in oil and gas development. The key provisions of the measure require 30 day notification of intent to drill bonding to make sure possible damage is paid for and a dispute resolution process. After changes to the bill last month led to some opposition the new fine tuning has all sides saying that it is a decent compromise.
Laramie, Wy – Several people are taking the city of Riverton up on its offer to excuse fines at half-price during the holidays. Municipal Judge Wes Roberts says one single mother of four who had an outstanding fine of 200-dollars told the city court clerk that she would be left with enough money to celebrate Christmas with her children. Another man paid off a friend's bond that had been outstanding since 1997. Still another man came into pay a fine for a stoplight violation
Cheyenne, Wy – The family practice medical centers in Casper and Cheyenne are struggling and University of Wyoming officials want lawmakers to think about what to do next. While he says the centers serve a purpose and are a much cheaper alternative then a medical school, U-W President Phil Dubois says they are losing a half million dollars a year in the two family practice centers and they need a solution to that.
Cheyenne, Wy – The three finalists for the new medium security prison will be reviewed Thursday and Friday and a recommended site could be announced next week. Corrections Director Bob Lampert says they will review Riverton, Rawlins and Torrington, give them scores and should be able to make a clear cut recommendation. Supporters of having the prison placed in their community believe it will have a major economic impact. Lampert says small communities with prisons do well if they go after other types of economic development and some businesses are attracted by the prison.
Cheyenne, Wy – Members of the Joint Appropriations Committee are expressing concern about the spending of business ready communities money on a spray park and driving range. House Chairman Phil Nicholas thinks such projects should not be funded with state dollars. Wyoming Business Council C-E-O Tucker Fagen counters saying the law says the Council is supposed to consider reaction projects.
Cheyenne, Wy – Only 13 of the original 50 M-X missiles remain active on the plains around Cheyenne. Decommissioning began in October 2002. All M-X missiles or Peacekeepers are scheduled to be completely deactivated by October. The missile can carry up to ten independently guided warheads and has a range up to six-thousand miles. The 150 Minuteman Three missiles that are overseen by F.E. Warren are NOT being deactivated.