Laramie, Wy – While contaminants have been found in the Yellowstone River Basin, federal officials say they are nothing to be alarmed about. U-S Geological Survey scientists studied the basin for three years and found some things like radon, dissolved minerals, and bacteria in the water, but overall they are pleased. Hydrologist Dave Peterson says the basin is especially good when compared to other areas of the country. Peterson adds there is some human impact, but most impacts come from natural sources.
Cody, WY – Wyoming Game and Fish officials are investigating the third grizzly bear death this month. Officials say a man who says he acted in self defense at his camp southwest of Cody killed an adult male grizzly May 7th. He claims the bear was threatening him while he was searching for horns on Timber Creek. A young adult male grizzly died May 1st at the head of Grass Creek between Meeteetse and Thermopolis. The third bear, which had a radio collar, was killed May 5th by black bear hunters in a case of mistaken identity.
Topic: Aaron Alpern reports on the latest Wyoming effort to spur economic development is getting off the ground
Topic: Obesity levels of Wyoming citizens doubled over the last 20 years and the impacts are being felt in healthcare costs and future costs; Guest: Margi McDonald, Chairman of the Governors Council on Fitness and Sports and Amber Travsky
Wyoming – The latest Wyoming effort to spur economic development is getting off the ground. The Business Ready Community Program comes in the wake of a number of failed economic development attempts. Supporters hope this approach will be different and expectations are high. But Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports some questions have been raised about how the program is being run...
Cheyenne, WY – Only about half of the funding for this year remains in the state's newest economic development program. Five Business Ready Community program grants have been approved so far. They were considered first because they would help existing businesses. But 15 communities are now competing for the four and a half million dollars remaining. Many will lose out because the total cost of the applications is over 13 million dollars. Afton Town Administrator Gregg Wilkes believes the Wyoming Business Council is running the programs backwards.
Cheyenne, WY – The state's Senior Economist says the out-migration of Wyoming's youth is not as bad as many people believe. Wenlin Liu looked at data from the 2000 census. He says Wyomong lost about six thousand young adults from 1995 to 2000. But Liu points out that was when the rest of the country was booming and there were plenty of jobs in metropolitan areas. He says the job situation in Wyoming has improved since them. Liu says it's natural for young people to gravitate toward large cities. But he says many of those adults are looking to move back to Wyoming.
Laramie, Wy – An agent from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation created a computer program that law enforcement officers from around the world are using. The program helps catch people who distribute child pornography. Attorney General Pat Crank says this helped Wyoming a lot and then the agent allowed others from around the world to use it for free. Crank says it is incredible this came from a Wyoming employee. The attorney general, governor and the U-S attorney all say they put a special emphasis on fighting child pornography.
Laramie, WY – A Wyoming natural gas exploration technology company has been recognized by a technology and business magazine. Welldog Inc. was named to the Red Herring 100 as a company that defines business innovation. Welldog Chief Operating Officer John Pope says his company uses technology to help mineral producers locate gas deposits. He says it's been particularly useful in solving problems in the Powder River Basin coal bed methane fields. He says one problem producers have is how much gas is trapped in a coal seam as opposed to water.
Green River, WY – A walleye kill meant to keep the fish out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir has been postponed until this fall. Officials say the walleye must be treated with the chemical after they spawn because the poison does not kill fish eggs. Since walleye spawn in the spring, officials say the kill must be postponed until late September or early October to be effective. The kill at a pond near the Jim Bridger Power Plant is meant to keep walleye from invading Flaming Gorge. Officials say walleye could devastate the reservoir's trout population.