Boise, Id – Researchers say loudspeakers or dog shock collars could resolve problems with wolves before ranchers resort to bullets. In the past three years, at least 30 wolves have been killed or removed around the Sawtooth National Recreation Area because of conflicts with livestock. Now research from the Department of Agriculture shows radio-activated guard boxes blaring loud noises often scare off wolves and keep the animals from preying on livestock.
Laramie, Wy – It is the high point of the season for the state's ski resorts. And those that are located in the Northwest are benefiting from great conditions. The Communications director for Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts, Anna Olson, says they've had nearly five feet of snow during the last week.
Laramie, Wy – During the last year the state said goodbye to many residents. Some of the people were known for their prominence and impact, that group includes former Congressman Tino Roncallio, wildlife filmmaker Bill Grunkemeyer, State Auditor Stan Smith and conservationist Mardy Murie. Murie helped create the Arctic National Refuge and the federal Wilderness Act. Other Wyomingites who passed away in 2003 were former State Auditor Jack Seedee, Laramie businessman Dick Foster who died this month, and the creator of the jackalope: Douglas Herrick passed on in January.
Cheyenne, Wy – The world's largest operating steam locomotive -- Union Pacific Railroad's Challenger -- will embark on a nine-state, 35-hundred-mile tour on its way to Houston and Super Bowl 38 activities. The Challenger, also known as Number thirty-nine-eighty-five, will depart from Cheyenne on January 12th at 8 in the morning. From there it will head through Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Texas. On its return trip, the Challenger will pass through Oklahoma and arrive back in Cheyenne on February 12th.
Cody, Wy – United Airlines' financial troubles have made it doubtful that an air-service agreement for Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody will be secured in the near future. State Senator Hank Coe is chairman of the Cody Yellowstone Air Service Organization. He says the airline is too busy with other issues right now, but he will be ready when United does get around to Cody. Coe originally expected an agreement to be finalized in November. Then he thought a deal would be wrapped up by the end of December.
Cheyenne, Wy – Another major winter storm is headed into Wyoming. The National Weather Service says moist southwest flow from the Pacific will stream into the state beginning Wednesday morning, resulting in potentially another round of heavy snowfall for the mountains and valleys of western Wyoming. The weather bureau has issued a winter storm warning for Uinta County for today through New Year's Day. Snow will begin this morning and continue periodically through tomorrow.
Laramie, Wy – A Wyoming Game Warden says this was a bad year for poaching in the state. John Lund says they haven't totaled all the cases to find out if it was the worst in history, but he says there were a lot of incidents that stand out. Lund says one of them took place in Jackson when a man killed 11 elk. This is considered a thrill killing because the man just opened fire on the herd and did it to watch the animals die. Lund says this is one of the most hideous examples of poaching in recent history.
Cheyenne, Wy – The Wyoming Livestock Board is considering new rules for testing cattle for brucellosis. That's after the discovery of brucellosis in 31 cattle in a Sublette County herd earlier this month. The proposed rule is to require all cattle sold into herds with breeding cattle to be tested for brucellosis. The Livestock Board has scheduled an emergency meeting in Casper to discuss the proposal. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Parkway Plaza Hotel.
Cody, Wy – Residential gas customers in the Cody area will see their gas rates drop 25 percent next month. The Wyoming Public Service Commission approved the rate reduction for the Energy West gas utility last Tuesday. Tim Good is the company's vice president for natural gas operations. He says lower rates are able to be passed on because the company has been able to secure a cheaper supply of gas.