Casper, WY – A Bighorn sheep reintroduction project near Lovell is tentatively set for this November or December. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is transplanting 40 Bighorn sheep from Oregon to the Devil's Canyon area on the western edge of the Bighorn Mountains. For years, Game and Fish Director Terry Cleveland says they've tried relocating sheep around the state from the Dubois herd. He says that hasn't been too successful because the Dubois sheep are migratory animals. Cleveland says the Oregon sheep are not migratory so biologists believe they will adapt better.
Washington, D-C – A Senate panel begins work on a bill that renews funding to clean up abandoned mines. Wyoming stands to gain 400 million in backpayments if the bill passes. The support for the legislation ran into problems earlier in the year and Wyoming Congresswoman Barbara Cubin fears that there are some groups who might want the bill to fail, because it could hurt President Bush.
Topic: 5th Annual Wyoming Women's Conference "Ignite your Creative Fire" in Douglas; Guest: Rosemary Bratton, Executive Director of the Wyoming Women's Business Center. Topic: Bob Beck speaks with Scott Boberg, Education Curator for the UW Art Museum about the upcoming events and exhibits at the UW Art Museum.
Washington, DC – Yellowstone National Park has been accused of illegally pocketing money from cell phone tower leases. The Washington, DC group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, is making that claim. According to PEER, the law requires most of the money from a lease of park land to go the US Treasury.
Lander, WY – Lander, Cody and Wheatland are the three finalists for a proposed four-year Catholic College in Wyoming. The three towns were chosen from more than 30 communities that submitted site proposals around the state. Some communities offered more than one possible site. Members of the college founder's committee hope to make a final site selection by the end of the year.
Casper, WY – It appears the federal government will be ready to formal remove the grizzly bear from the Endangered Species list in the second half of 2005. Only about five steps in the lengthy process remain. Larry Kruckenberg has been deeply involved in the grizzly bear issue as Assistant to the Wyoming Game and Fish Director. Kruckenberg says it's smooth sailing from here, until the end when everyone involved expects a lawsuit. He says state and federal agencies have worked hard to make sure they do their work by the book.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming's plans to focus on substance abuse problems with youth are getting solid reviews from a key federal government official. U-S Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administrator Charles Curie says the state recently received almost three million dollars to develop a three year treatment plan for children involved in the Criminal Justice System. Curie says Wyoming's focus is a good one.
Cody, WY – The second Wyoming Renewable Energy Conference is taking place in Cody Monday. Conference organizer Ed Werner from the Converse Area New Development Organization says particpants will discuss geothermal, biomass, wind and solar energy. Werner says some good news for the state is there is interest in building more wind farms in southeastern Wyoming. He says growing enery demands in Colorado are prompting that interest. Werner says there is also demand coming from Utah and the Salt Lake City area which could mean more wind farms will be built in southwestern Wyoming.
Sheridan, Wy – State Attorney General Pat Crank won't pursue criminal charges against two former Sheridan County commissioners and one current commissioner. Crank's office investigated their handling of a county road and bridge building contract. Crank says his office found no intentional misuse of public funds by former commissioners Steve Cox and Brad Waters and current commissioner Charley Whiton. He says when potential conflicts arose, a commissioner would declare the conflict and not vote.
Laramie, Wy – Wyoming will get a good measuring stick of where it stands as a football team Saturday. The Pokes travel to face Texas A and M, and while the Aggies are not the same team that they have been in past years, Head Coach Joe Glenn says they are solid. Glenn says the thing that worries him is A and M's athleticism. But Glenn also thinks if he's team can stay in the game early, they have a chance to win. Kickoff is at 1:30.