The University of Wyoming Muslim Student Association is inviting the public to experience Muslim people and culture first-hand during Islam Awareness Week, April 8-13.
One of the organizers is an education student from Morocco. Adil Bentahar has lived in the U.S. for four years, and he says many Americans know very little about his religion, Islam. “When I watch the news, I see that much of what is being communicated does not describe me as I am.”
A group tasked with making recommendations about forest policy in Wyoming is meeting this week in Saratoga.
Originally called the Governor’s Forest Health Task Force, the group dropped that name after members couldn’t agree on what constitutes forest health. Jessica Crowder, with the Governor’s office, says the new name, Task Force on Forests, better reflects the broad range of management ideas the group is considering.
The Bureau of Land Management is asking for nearly $3 million to spend on research into birth control for wild horses.
Population growth has made it difficult to manage wild horses, and currently the agency removes horses from public lands in order to maintain an adequate population.
A study by the National Research Council last year concluded that the current practice is flawed, and that the BLM should use birth control instead. But BLM spokesman Tom Gorey says the agency isn’t happy with the drug that’s available.
President Obama wants to add 55 million dollars to the National Park Service budget, including ten million dollars to get parks ready for their centennial celebration in 2016. John Garder with the National Parks Conservation Association says the money is needed to address billions of dollars in maintenance.
A video of bison running down a road in Yellowstone sparked viral internet rumors this week that the park's super volcano is about to explode. The rumors gained so much traction that Yellowstone officials felt the need to respond. Spokesman Al Nash says all is well, and that the animals were simply migrating.
A change in University of Wyoming course requirements is causing controversy among faculty and students.
The change affects the general education curriculum of the entire university. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree have to take the courses required under this program.
The new requirements are scheduled to take effect in the Fall of 2015. It eliminates diversity, global awareness, and foreign language requirements from the required undergraduate curriculum. It also reduces science and math requirements.