Laramie, Wy – The U-S Bureau of Land Management is asking the public to review a proposal from Questar. The company is asking to conduct limited year-round drilling, and build a 110-mile pipeline in western Wyoming. The proposal applies to a portion of Questar's leases which lie within big-game winter range near Pinedale. A public open house and meeting will be held July 29th at the Pinedale Volunteer Fire Department from 3 until 8 o'clock.
Yellowstone National Park – Sixteen people had to be rescued last night (Sunday) after mudslides bogged down three vehicles and stranded a fourth near the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The east entrance is closed and it doesn't look like it will be reopened any time soon. The two largest slides were ten feet deep and 90 yards long. Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash says thousands of cubic feet of debris will have to be removed. Besides that, the slides undercut part of the roadway and washed away guardrails.
Cheyenne, Wyoming – Wyoming legislators are pointing at a report to prove that lawmakers have taken the issues of school funding seriously. The Nelson A. Rockefeller institute of Government released a report saying that Wyoming had the second highest growth in per-pupil spending between 1997 and 2002. Senate President Hank Coe says the legislature has worked incredibly hard to fund schools. House Education Chairman Jeff Wasserburger adds that rising test scores validate the investment in students.
Laramie, Wy – A mudslide caused by torrential rain trapped 16 people in their vehicles in Yellowstone National Park Sunday. Spokesman Al Nash says no one's been injured. Workers were trying to free three vehicles from the mess, which has temporarily closed the park's east entrance. Nash says the slide occurred around eight p-m Sunday. As much as four feet of mud covers the east entrance road from Cub Creek to an area about seven miles from the park's eastern boundary.
Laramie, Wy – A male wolf that killed four cows southwest of Cody has been removed from its pack and destroyed. A female with pups was left behind. Federal wildlife officials are hoping the attacks on cattle in the area -- near Carter Mountain -- will stop. Five other wolves in the region have been removed this year. They included a male wolf in the Owl Creek range near Meeteetse, three wolves from the Washakie Pack near Dubois and another near Green River Lakes, all for cattle depredation.
Laramie, Wy – Now it is education officials who want to know the status of the school finance litigation case. A Coalition of Education groups have asked a District court to require the state to demonstrate its compliance with the mandate of the Supreme The legislature has had to provide each student with a quality education reguardless of where they live. The legislature was supposed to cost base its funding model. But Campbell County Superintendent Richard Strahorn doubts the cost based aspect has been resolved. He says that is what will keep the case in litigation.
Laramie, Wy – For the first time ever a swimmer from the University of Wyoming qualified for the Olympics. Scott Usher finished second at the trials in California and is ranked fourth in the world now. Usher says the trials were a thrill because 10 thousand people packed the stands. The senior-to-be is now training at Stanford University he leaves for Europe August first. He will compete in the 200 meter breaststroke and he says it is possible he could be asked to swim in the relay event as well.
Laramie, Wy – The state has come up with a way to get around formulas and help communities build school auditoriums, pools and gymnasiums. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Trent Blankenship, says these types of facilities are used by a lot by communities and it is a problem that the new school construction formula does not include them. He says this new plan would allow a community to tax itself and get some other revenue to create more options, like building a pool or keeping an old auditorium.
Laramie, Wy – The state Game and Fish Department is now fining violators less for transporting live fish. Jeff Obrecht from the Department says they lowered the fine from 400 dollars to 60 dollars. He says this brings it in line with the severity of the violation. Obrecht also says regulators are more likely to cite violators with the new 60 dollar fine. And that's important because of the ongoing concern from the public about trout fisheries throughout Wyoming.