Riverton, WY – A consultant for a uranium mining company agrees the industry should see a resurgence in Wyoming due to increase uranium prices. David Miller, who's also a State Representative from Riverton, says uranium prices have gone from a low of $7 a pound in 2001 to just over $20 a pound now. Currently, Wyoming has one active producer, but Miller sees potential in another mine starting up. He says the most likely area for a full scale mine to open up is around Jeffrey City.
Pinedale, WY – There's been a delay in revising the Bureau of Land Management's Pinedale Resource Management Plan. A draft of the RMP was scheduled to be out for public review this summer, but BLM Planning and Environmental Coordinator Kellie Roadifer says it won't be ready until the spring. Roadifer says they recognize the importance of this document and the issues that are at stake, but she doesn't think there was any way to avoid the delay. She says the attention being paid to the process was not a factor in the delay.
Douglas, WY – A new study says that Converse County is ideally suited for a zero-emissions power plant proposed by the Bush Administration. The report says the county has sufficient land and water, community support, and a large enough workforce for the FutureGen plant. Unlike traditional coal-fired plants, this facility would remove and sequester carbon dioxide. That gas could then be used for enhanced oil and gas production. The study that touts Converse County for the FutureGen project was funded by the city of Douglas and the Converse Area New Development Organization.
Laramie, Wy – A group opposed to a pair of proposed constitutional amendments concerning medical malpractice, is accusing the other side of having ulterior motives. Shauna Roberts of Citizens for Real Insurance Reform says those who favor the amendments, want them so that liability will be limited in all areas. Roberts says she respects truckers, but thinks they must pay for mistakes and be accountable.
Laramie, Wy – A Sheridan man accused of shooting a teenage girl and stealing her car has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Twenty-two-year-old Stephen Hyatt entered the plea in court Thursday. District Judge John Brackley scheduled a trial for March 28th. Hyatt allegedly forced 18-year-old Kaleigh Ford, of Sheridan, into the passenger side of her car at an intersection July first. After she fled the vehicle, he allegedly shot her three times. He was caught the following night in Ten Sleep.
Laramie, Wy – The sugar beet harvest in the Big Horn Basin of northern Wyoming continues to look good both in terms of yield and sugar content. Sugar content is said to be excellent this time of year, which means more sugar produced and more money for producers. And that is good news to the local economy. The beet business employs 64-hundred people in Wyoming a year, many of them in the Big Horn Basin.
Laramie, Wy – A federal judge based out of Cheyenne has struck down the Clinton-era ban on snowmobiling in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Judge Clarence Brimmer says the Clinton ban did not take into account the views of people in Wyoming and violated several federal laws.