WPR News
9:58 am
Thu February 26, 2004

Wyoming Senate Nixes Land Purchase

Cheyenne, WY – During the State of the State address, the Governor urged legislators to buy a parcel of land in northeastern Wyoming called the Moskee Tract. Residents of the area and sportsmen say it's an invaluable piece of property. But it would have cost the state 30 million dollars and the Senate voted down plans to buy the land. Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife Director Bob Wharff says the Senators made a mistake. Wharff says Wyoming has spent millions of dollars of a budget surplus and will have nothing to show for it in ten years. He says the land purchase would have been a lasting legacy for future generations to benefit. Wharff says the real tragedy is that the land probably won't be available in a year if legislators change their minds.