Regional NewsMarch 30, 2013
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service’s demands that rural timber counties pay back millions of dollars in federal subsidies under automatic budget cuts have outraged members of Congress from both parties and caused concern in those counties with struggling economies. Thirty-one members of the House this week sent a letter to the Read MoreMarch 29, 2013
LARAMIE (AP) — Robert Sternberg, the incoming president of the University of Wyoming, said an important part of his job will be to find other sources of revenue to help make up for cuts in state funding. “I plan to spend a lot of my time fundraising,” Sternberg, who takes office on July 1, said.
JACKSON (AP) — Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials say mountain lions have killed a dog in its backyard in the Jackson area.The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports the dog was attacked last week outside its home near the Gros Ventre River.Biologist Mike Boyce of the Game and Fish Department says it appears a Read More
CASPER (AP) — Rurika Odanaka traveled more than 5,000 miles to try on her first cowboy hat.She tilted the brown Stetson back on her head on a recent Friday and wrapped a yellow bandanna around her neck. The Western clothing stood out from the rest of her attire: a conservative, navy blue school uniform.March 28, 2013
CASPER (AP) — Three Wyoming hay producers from Wheatland have placed in the top five in the alfalfa hay division at the 2013 World Ag Expo Forage Challenge this winter. In the alfalfa hay division, first place went to David Hinman of Hardrock Farms in Wheatland; second place went to Daryl Tiltrum of Dipper Tree Read More
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ruled against a conservation group’s attempt to block the use of helicopters to haze wild bison into Yellowstone National Park. U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell writes in his decision Tuesday the Alliance for the Wild Rockies had not shown the hazing significantly harms grizzly bears and their numbers Read More
BILLINGS (AP) — Yellowstone County authorities have not made an arrest in the shooting death of a Billings man more than two weeks after his death. Sheriff Mike Linder is tight-lipped about the case, saying he can’t give out any information that could potentially jeopardize it.Linder told the Billings Gazette Wednesday that evidence has been Read More
CHEYENNE — Judging and a reception for the 30th annual Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition will be held April 12, at Wyoming Game and Fish Headquarters, 5400 Bishop Blvd. in Cheyenne. The ruffed grouse is the subject of this year’s competition. Game and Fish has received 51 submissions this year from artists (in 19 states) Read MoreMarch 27, 2013
CASPER (AP) — The man in charge of investing Wyoming’s pension system funds is on leave after being charged with insider trading.The Security and Exchange Commission charged John Johnson on Tuesday. He’s accused of buying shares of technology company Foundry Networks, Inc. in 2008 after a friend tipped him off that the company would be Read MoreMarch 26, 2013
LARAMIE (AP) — Visiting the University of Wyoming campus for the first time since being named its new president, Robert Sternberg is making a good impression with students and faculty. “I find him instantly likable,” English professor Cliff Marks said Monday after meeting Sternberg. “He’s very appealing. I can understand why the Board of Trustees Read More
CHEYENNE (AP) — A judge in Casper has sided with the state of Wyoming and ruled against environmentalists who sought to make public lists of the ingredients that go into hydraulic fracturing fluids. Environmental groups had requested the ingredient lists from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, arguing that the public needs to know Read More
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — An advocate for the poor in California who made trips to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to help people there has died in a vehicle crash in Wyoming. Thomas Streicher, 58, lost control of his van on an icy Interstate 80 Friday while returning from Pine Ridge to his Read More
CHEYENNE (AP) — A lawsuit between the Northern Arapaho Tribe and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the tribe’s fight for a permit allowing it to kill bald eagles for religious purposes is on hold for 60 days while both sides consider implications of a new Wyoming law.U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson on Read MoreMarch 25, 2013
CHEYENNE (AP) — A federal judge on Friday denied a request from the state of Wyoming to allow its mental health expert to examine the state’s lone death row inmate. U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne ruled that lawyers for the state can review a report from a psychiatrist retained by inmate Dale Read More
CHEYENNE (AP) — The High Desert District of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming plans to conduct several prescribed fires this spring. The timing of the fires will depend on fuel moisture and cooperative weather. The fires are intended to improve wildlife habitat and reduce hazardous fuels.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Game and Fish Warden Bill Haley believes that educating young people can help in limiting poaching incidents. Haley recently distributed posters in Laramie with graphic images from two poaching incidents accompanied by information about the penalties in each case.
LARAMIE (AP) — Robert Sternberg is making his first visit to Laramie since being named the new president of the University of Wyoming. He will meet Monday and Tuesday with university leaders, tour the campus and introduce himself to student and faculty representatives.March 22, 2013
GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A uranium company wants to use molasses to clean up an abandoned mine west of Denver, hoping bacteria inside the mine will eat up the molasses and dissolved uranium, creating solid uranium particles that can be recovered.
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado requirement that local law enforcement report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities moved closer Friday to coming off the books. The Democratic House gave preliminary approval to repealing the 2006 law.March 21, 2013
MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — In the weeks before Colorado’s top prisons official was fatally shot after answering his front door, he carried out a variety of functions including requesting execution chemicals and speaking to legislators about security issues. It’s unknown what role Tom Clements’ position as executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections might Read More
CHEYENNE (AP) — A Wyoming district attorney said Wednesday he plans to review an old rape case in response to lawyers’ claims that new DNA testing proves the innocence of a man who has served 23 years in prison. Recent testing at a state lab showed inmate Andrew J. Johnson, 63, was not the source Read MoreMarch 20, 2013
MONUMENT, Colo. (AP) — The executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his house, and police are searching for the gunman. Tom Clements was shot around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Monument, north of Colorado Springs, said Lt. Jeff Kramer, of the El Paso Read More
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Denver-based energy exploration company says it will stop drilling on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation next to Glacier National Park. Anschutz Exploration Corp. has drilled 14 exploratory wells on the western side of the reservation closest to the park, drawing protests from conservationists and concern from park officials.The company said in Read MoreMarch 19, 2013
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A Grand Junction group considering security options for schools is rejecting arming teachers or volunteers, opting instead for panic buttons and bullet-proof windows to protect children and teachers. The District 51 School Security and Safety Work Group is making its recommendations on Tuesday. The group has never been able to Read MoreMarch 18, 2013
LARAMIE (AP) — Laramie’s binge-drinking culture isn’t unique among college towns, and it’s a problem people have been working on for a long time, according to local experts. Tracy Young, a community prevention professional with the Coalition to Prevent Substance Abuse, said the Laramie community is generally proactive when it comes to addressing substance abuse Read More