Beulah, WY – The Vore Buffalo Jump site west of Beulah has been opened to the public for the first time in nearly a decade. The site's foundation has hired employees to explain the archeology and help interpret the site and intepretive signs have been added. The buffalo jump was discovered in the 1970's. Centuries ago, American Indians used the natural sinkhole as a way to trap bison. More than 20 thousand bison were killed over the years. Foundation officials eventually hope to build a visitor's center and make the Vore Buffalo Jump a state historic site.
Gillette, WY – The nation's fourth largest coal producer has sold its American mining operations and formed a new corporation. R-A-G International owns two mines in Campbell county, Eagle Butte and Bell Ayr. Both operations employ 480 people. The three American buyers have formed Foundation Coal. The sale price has not been disclosed, but previous announcements put the figure at close to one billion dollars. No changes are expected in the operation's management.
Laramie, WY – N-C-A-A rules will require that the University of Wyoming football team average 15-thousand fans per home game starting this season. If not, U-W could lose its Division One football status, which in turn could mean the University would have to leave the Mountain West Conference. Athletic Director Gary Barta admits it's a concern, but he has started a campaign to try to average 20 thousand fans per game. Barta says the first objective is obvious: a winning team. But he's working to make sure War Memorial Stadium is the place to be on Saturdays.
Laramie, Wy – On the Republican side of the race for Wyoming's seat in Congress, State Senator Cale Case says he is the candidate who will best protect the constitution. At a press conference Thursday he said incumbent Barbara Cubin has not done a good job upholding citizens' rights.
Cody, WY – The success of summer flights between Cody and Denver apparently has United Airlines ready to sign on for winter service. The consultant for the Cody Yellowstone Air Service Organization says his group and the airline have agreed to a contract and United should sign it by the end of the week. Rick Wilder says both sides saw summer traffic was better than expected and want to use that momentum to re-establish 12 month service to Denver.
Laramie, Wy – The state Game and Fish Department will be able to do more monitoring of elk and other ungulates thanks to federal money. Wyoming just received 200 thousand dollars to prepare for wolf management and the Game and Fish's John Emmerich says they will put a lot of the funds towards surveillance. He says right now they monitor every three years, but now they'll fly over elk herds every year to see what impact wolves are having on birth rates and survival.
Laramie, Wy – Efforts to develop more research at the University of Wyoming continue to be successful. U-W Vice President for Research Bill Gern says U-W researchers have brought in over 61 million dollars from a variety of areas. Gern says this means a lot for the state as a whole, especially economically. Gern adds that they are also getting some state support and have been able to set up some research operations to assist the state with a variety of projects.
Laramie, WY – Despite hearing from several bar owners that a proposed ordinance was unfair and would hurt their businesses, the Laramie City Council gave first reading support to make Laramie buildings smoke-free. While several supporters called it a health issue, many bar owners objected. Among them was Dwight Rowell, who owns The Library. While he made his restaurant smoke-free, Rowell objects to being forced to make his bar smoke-free. He says it's his decision whether he loses money or not allowing smokers in his bar, not city government's.