Yellowstone National Park, WY – The National Park Service has concluded a new entrance station at Yellowstone's west gate will not significantly affect the environment or cultural sites. The agency says the $2.4 Million structure will be more pleasant for employees and visitors, protect workers from vehicle exhaust, and provide wider lanes to enhance safety and traffic flow. 40% of Yellowstone's visitors enter the park through the west entrance, which was built around 1969. Construction could begin later this year.
Green River – Energy companies predict the Upper Green River Valley in southwestern Wyoming will soon become the next major natural gas producing region in the country. The rapid pace of development has alarmed some locals. Wyoming Public Radio's Elizabeth Davis reports that pressure from the federal government is building in Sublette County.
Laramie, WY – The state made an extra $1.7 Million available to fight West Nile Virus this year. Last year, Wyoming had one of the highest per capita rates of West Nile infection with 9 human deaths caused. For this season, local governments can apply for matching grants that can be used to control mosquito populations. State West Nile Coordinator Terry Creekmore says mosquitoes thrive in wet conditions, so it will help if the spring is cool and dry.
Laramie, Wy – Drivers in Wyoming continue to die in one vehicle roll overs. Sergeant Troy Mclees says drivers that leave the roadway try to over correct and get back on the road when they don't need to. He says most highways are designed to allow someone to drive off the side. The good news is more Wyomingites are wearing their seatbelts. He credits people for recognizing that safety belts can save lives, but also says enhanced enforcement is helping too.
Laramie, Wy – Residents of 23 homes west of Fort Collins have been told they can return to their homes Monday night. They'd been evacuated earlier by a wildfire that so far has covered 91-hundred-and-55 acres. Cooler, wetter weather over the weekend and on Monday allowed firefighters to dig lines around 50 percent of the blaze -- and the residents of the last of about 120 homes that were evacuated by the blaze that began last week learned they could return at eight tonight.
Wyoming – A conservation group has asked for an investigation into a series of intimidating e-mails a member of their group received. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports that the e-mails came after the member wrote to the legislature's Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife, and Cultural Resources Committee
Cheyenne, WY – A conservation group from Wyoming announced this week they want a formal investigation into why one of their member's e-mail address ended up in the hands of anti wolf activists. Earlier this month a member of the Predator Conservation Alliance wrote to the legislature's wildlife committee urging it to adopt a better wolf management plan. One member of the committee, Senator Bruce Burns passed the e-mail address on to an anti wolf activist named Robert Fanning. That man then wrote several intimidating e-mails to the member talking about rape and guns.
Ft. Collins, CO – A wildfire in northern Colorado has destroyed a house and a garage, burning 5,600 acres. The fire threatens at least 23 other homes and has forced scores of families to flee. It defied expectations Thursday night by jumping from treetop to treetop. Officials say fires usually lay down at night as winds calm, but that hasn't happened with this fire in Poudre Canyon, northwest of Fort Collins. Gray smoke billowing thousands of feet into the sky grounded air tankers Thursday afternoon. The fire was 15 percent contained last night.