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  • Plans in the works for 4,200 new gas wells in Wyo.

    08/02/2011 1:32:45 PM PDT · by thackney · 25 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 2, 2011 | Associated Press
    ...central Wyoming. The targeted area now has about 500 producing gas wells. Encana Oil and Gas, Noble Energy and ConocoPhillips are talking about adding some 4,200 deep gas wells in the remote sagebrush country about 30 miles east of Riverton.
  • Did the stimulus work in Wyoming?

    07/24/2011 7:18:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Wyoming Tribune Eagle ^ | July 24, 2011 | By Trevor Brown
    Most agree the $658.4 million in federal funds has made an impact on the state that will be felt for years. But some have doubts about whether it had much impact on jobs here. One Laramie County project serves as a microcosm for some of the advantages and limitations of the spending. The county used $4.6 million in stimulus to help pay for its new 24-bed Juvenile Services Center that is being built east of Cheyenne. But county officials now say they need to delay opening the center when construction is finished because there is not enough money to fund...
  • Wyoming gun owners could violate federal law

    07/13/2011 7:42:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 96 replies ^ | 11 July, 2011 | JOAN BARRON
    CHEYENNE — A traveler driving along Interstate 25 at Cheyenne will come within 1,000 feet of Jessup Elementary School. If that Wyoming driver is carrying a weapon in the vehicle without a concealed weapon permit, he or she is in violation of a little-known federal law. The Federal Gun Free School Zone Act of 1995 makes it a crime to possess a functional firearm on public property, such as sidewalks, roads, highways, parks or fairgrounds within 1,000 feet of the property line of any elementary, middle or high school. The penalty for violations is up to five years in federal...
  • Four dead in Wheatland shooting, motive unclear (WY)

    07/08/2011 8:07:21 PM PDT · by Migraine · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Wyoming Tribune Eagle ^ | 7/8/2011 | staff
    WHEATLAND -- A Wheatland man shot and killed his three children and his brother, and shot and injured his wife Thursday evening. Platte County law enforcement got the initial call of shots fired at 5:45 p.m. Thursday. Wheatland Police officers and Platte County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 700 block of Oak Street, where they became involved in a brief standoff with Everett Conant III, who was born in 1975. His exact age was not available from police this morning. Conant surrendered without incident and is in custody. At a news conference this morning, Wheatland Police Chief Randy Chesser said...
  • Four lives claimed in shooting (Wheatland, WY)

    07/08/2011 10:48:38 AM PDT · by SLB · 17 replies
    Platte County Record Times ^ | 8 July 2011 | Submitted by the Platte County Attorney’s Office
    Platte County Law Enforcement responded to a 911 emergency call of shots being fired in the 700 block of Oak Street in Wheatland at approximately 5:54 pm on Thursday, July 7. The Wheatland Police Department and Platte County Sheriff’s Deputies immediately went to the subject residence. After a brief standoff with officers, the suspect, Everett Conant (DOB 1975), surrendered without incident and is in custody. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation was called to assist in processing the crime scene. Two victims were treated at the Platte County Memorial Hospital. One victim was pronounced dead at the hospital and one...
  • Concealed-carry gun law goes into effect today in Wyoming

    07/01/2011 4:32:43 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 30 June, 2011 | JOAN BARRON
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A law that allows Wyomingites to carry concealed weapons without permits goes into effect today. The new law, strongly supported by gun rights advocates, received the overwhelming endorsement of the Legislature last winter. Wyoming joins Alaska, Arizona and Vermont in allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns without undergoing background checks or firearms training. During the second of two seminars on the new law sponsored by the Cheyenne Police Department on Wednesday, the instructor, officer Jay Remers, told the group that it still is beneficial to get a concealed-weapons permit. The firearms training is valuable for gun owners...
  • Experts: Concealed carry permit requirement ends, but guidelines remain(WY)

    06/30/2011 6:31:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 29 June, 2011 | Tori Masucci
    Wyoming will soon become the fourth state in the nation to allow residents to carry a concealed firearm without a license or permit. A law effective Friday, July 1, will authorize permitted Wyoming residents 21 years of age or older to carry a firearm without obtaining a permit or taking a handgun safety course. This “constitutional carry” bill was one of the most controversial ideas the Wyoming State Legislature discussed during its session earlier this year. Gov. Matt Mead signed the bill in March, deeming it “appropriate” for Wyoming, after many Senate floor debates regarding state gun control and the...
  • Even More Howling Madness ( Wolves , ESA, and )

    06/26/2011 8:04:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | 06-22-11 | Dave Skinner
    Well, sporties, are you ready for 4,200 to 7,300 wolves in the Northern Rockies? Back in April, you’ll remember that Congress stuffed a “bipartisan” rider (Section 1713) into the 2011 Appropriations omnibus (Public Law 112-10). This rider supposedly de-listed Rocky Mountain gray wolves outside Wyoming, by reinstating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) so called “2009 Rule,” shot down by federal judge Donald W. Molloy last August. Section 1713 went into effect May 5. The same day, two lawsuits were filed before Molloy by Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR)/Wild Earth Guardians (WIGs) and Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)....
  • Elk Foundation makes move in wolf legal case

    06/26/2011 7:36:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    KPAX News ^ | Jun 24, 2011 | Mark Holyoak
    MISSOULA- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation filed a note it plans to appeal any decision that adversely affects a state's right to manage fully recovered wolf populations. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy is expected to decide whether Congress acted within Constitutional bounds when it delisted wolves in parts of the West. "We are protecting our right to appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals any decision that results in another setback for conservation and science-based wildlife management," said RMEF President and CEO David Allen. An unfavorable ruling may stop wolf hunts planned for this fall in both Montana...
  • Freedom in the 50 States; An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom

    06/17/2011 5:27:30 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 48 replies
    Mercatus Center, George Mason University ^ | June 7, 2011 | Jason Sorens, William Ruger
    This study comprehensively ranks the American states on their public policies that affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. It updates, expands, and improves upon our inaugural 2009 Freedom in the 50 States study. For this new edition, we have added more policy variables (such as bans on trans fats and the audio recording of police, Massachusetts’s individual health-insurance mandate, and mandated family leave), improved existing measures (such as those for fiscal policies, workers’ compensation regulations, and asset-forfeiture rules), and developed specific policy prescriptions for each of the 50 states based on our data and a survey...
  • AP: Pa. lawsuit: Rental firm spies on users

    05/03/2011 1:22:18 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 5 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 5/3/11 | JOE MANDAK,
    A major furniture rental chain has software on its computers that lets it track the keystrokes, screenshots and even webcam images of customers while they use the devices at home, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Wyoming couple who said they learned about the PC Rental Agent "device and/or software" inside the computer they rented last year when an Aaron's Inc. store manager in Casper came to their home on Dec. 22.
  • Orrin Hatch's PAC donated to Lugar, Snowe (and Brown, Corker, Wicker, other statist RINOs)

    04/18/2011 9:49:17 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2011-04-18 | Shane D'Aprile
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) may be in the sights of Tea Party activists ahead of 2012, but the Utah Republican has given help to two of his Senate colleagues who face conservative primary challengers themselves. Hatch's political action committee — OrrinPAC — donated to both Sens. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) during the first quarter of the year, according to the PAC's March filing with the Federal Election Commission. Both Republicans are Tea Party targets in 2012. Hatch's PAC donated $1,000 each to Lugar and Snowe in February. Asked about the donations, Hatch campaign manager Dave Hansen said...
  • Encana project could add 3,500 gas wells in Wyoming

    04/18/2011 5:10:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    AP via Fuel Fix ^ | April 15, 2011 at | MEAD GRUVER
    A proposed drilling project could more than double the number of gas wells sunk to date in western Wyoming’s biggest gas fields. Encana Oil & Gas, USA, proposes to drill as many as 3,500 gas wells on 220 square miles of previously undrilled land in the Upper Green River Basin.
  • Wyoming’s Boom Poses Challenges For Obama

    04/17/2011 5:01:48 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 16, 2011 | KIRK JOHNSON
    GILLETTE, Wyo. — Many economic signs are looking bright for Wyoming right now, and this red-knuckled city of coal miners and oil field mechanics is leading the charge. “Things are picking up,” said Cody Chase, 24, who had just finished an overtime shift at a coal mine north of here and was having a 7 a.m. burrito and beer at a downtown breakfast joint. Hours at the mine are up, said Mr. Chase, who makes $26 an hour after less than a year on the job, and new workers have started coming on. It is the sort of talk that...
  • Wolves to come off endangered list within 60 days

    04/15/2011 5:23:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 15 , 2011
    Federal wildlife officials say they will take more than 1,300 gray wolves in the Northern Rockies off the endangered species list within 60 days. It marks the first time Congress has taken a species off the endangered list. Idaho and Montana plan public wolf hunts this fall. Hunts last year were canceled after a judge ruled the predators remained at risk.
  • More Howling Madness

    04/14/2011 12:09:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | 04-13-11 | Dave Skinner
    the wolf soap opera and U.S. District of Montana Judge Donald W. Molloy’s pending ruling – which is STILL pending – circumstances in the high-stakes Endangered Species Act (ESA) political mix have gotten even nuttier. ... USFWS gave away the store in return: In parts 2 and 3, USFWS agreed to withdraw and resubmit for “public review” within 60 days the so-called “M-opinion” that interprets ESA’s statutory (and fuzzy) “significant portion of range” language. This interpretation is critically used to determine whether a species is to be listed as threatened, endangered – or not at all. Now, aren’t you just...
  • Yellowstone’s supervolcano – worse than we thought

    04/13/2011 10:05:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 73 replies · 2+ views
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 12, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    From via Eurekalert Electric YellowstoneConductivity image hints volcano plume is bigger than thoughtThis image, based on variations in electrical conductivity of underground rock, shows the volcanic plume of partly molten rock that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano. Yellow and red indicate higher conductivity, green and blue indicate lower conductivity. Made by University of Utah geophysicists and computer scientists, this is the first large-scale "geoelectric" image of the Yellowstone hotspot. Credit: University of Utah. SALT LAKE CITY, April 11, 2011 – University of Utah geophysicists made the first large-scale picture of the electrical conductivity of the gigantic underground plume of hot...
  • Riverton man gets shot, faces charges(WY)

    04/01/2011 6:16:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 1 April, 2011 | LESLIE STRATMOEN
    RIVERTON — Charges were filed Thursday in the St. Patrick’s Day shooting that took place in downtown Riverton — not against the shooter, but against the man who was shot in the groin. Zechariah Apodaca, 22, of Riverton was charged with domestic battery, property destruction and simple assault. The shooter was identified only as a 41-year-old man from Lander. Authorities refused to release his identity because he’s been named a victim in the case against Apodaca. In a media conference Wednesday afternoon at Riverton City Hall, Fremont County Attorney Brian Varn said the older man acted in self defense as...
  • Obama administration can’t wait to sell China all the coal it can burn

    03/25/2011 9:23:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Grist Magazine ^ | 24 Mar 2011 | Christopher Mims
    Here's a recipe for climate catastrophe: First, authorize enough new coal production in Wyoming to yield 3.9 billion tons of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Then authorize a new export terminal in northwest Washington to ship that black gold to Asia, where the other half of Chimerica will burn it to power the factories we shipped them in the infinite wisdom of globalization. This process is called carbon offshoring, and it's the nastiest, planet-killingest scheme of which you've probably never heard. China is just the beginning: ... The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States should block these deals on national...
  • Dozens protest wolves outside Missoula hearing

    03/24/2011 7:30:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Missoulian ^ | March 24, 2011 | KIM BRIGGEMAN
    A couple of dozen men from the anti-wolf brigade were gathered by noon on East Broadway outside the Russell Smith Federal Courthouse, where U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy is hearing details of a recent settlement hammered out between the Obama administration and 10 conservation groups. The hearing began at 1:30 p.m. "We'll be here all afternoon until it's over," said Toby Bridges of Missoula, who organized the rally through Lobo Watch and expected dozens more to join in as the day went on. Some were in Helena in the morning for a hearing on Senate Bill 414, the Montana Wolf...
  • Republicans Seek Repeal of Incandescent Bulb Ban

    03/08/2011 10:38:57 AM PST · by CedarDave · 54 replies
    New American ^ | February 21, 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) has announced that he plans to introduce legislation to reverse the ban on incandescent light bulbs which is scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2014. The ban was included in a comprehensive energy bill that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2007 as an amendment, and was intended as a means of saving energy and limiting pollution. Senator Enzi’s repeal legislation, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act (BULB), S. 395, has 27 co-sponsors, including Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the latter of whose office issued the following statement...
  • Howling Madness ( Wolves , ESA, and )

    03/05/2011 11:30:36 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | 02-16-11 | Dave Skinner
    In January, U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy issued an “Order to Show Cause” to parties in a lawsuit (CV-08-14-M-DWM, filed January 2008) by Defenders of Wildlife. Defenders sued, claiming that wolf-management regulations the government issued under Endangered Species Act Section 10(j) authority allow too many wolves to be killed via management actions. Case 14 was stayed in April 2009 while the larger wolf delisting issue was fought out in another lawsuit from Defenders ... So what, and how, is Judge Molloy thinking? Before becoming a judge in 1996, Molloy was working a case for Trial Lawyers for Public Justice,...
  • Constitutional Carry Signed into Law in Wyoming

    03/03/2011 4:58:37 AM PST · by Big Labor Hater · 1 replies ^ | 3-2-11 |
  • Wyoming governor signs concealed gun bill

    03/03/2011 4:01:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 2 March, 2011 | AP
    CHEYENNE — Wyoming has become the fourth state to allow citizens to carry concealed guns without a permit.
  • Montana, Arizona and Tennessee Take the Lead on Broad-Based Nullification

    02/28/2011 5:34:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Post & Email ^ | February 24, 2011 | JB Williams
    (Feb. 24, 2011) — As the battle for states’ rights heat up across the country, Montana and Arizona have leaped out into the lead by introducing the first broad-based State Nullification Reaffirmation Act designed to return the power to the people and their states and rein in federal government abuses of misinterpreted power. The Model Legislation was researched and created by the Constitutional Justice Division of Wyoming-based United States Patriots Union. This model legislation aims to reaffirm and reassert broad-based sovereign state’s rights under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution by providing both the constitutional grounds and...
  • Legislative Alert — Constitutional carry advances to governors office(WY)

    02/26/2011 5:37:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 25 February, 2011 | Anthony Bouchard
    The Jennings-Jaggi Constitutional Carry Bill passed the House on Final reading this morning, 49-9! Give yourself a pat on the back. Without your dedication - and committed action - this freedom-expanding bill would not have passed. Your letters, post cards, e-mails, and phone calls were what made the difference. Gun owners in Wyoming - and across the country - owe thanks to the courageous efforts of Representative Alan Jaggi (R - Lyman) and Senator Kit Jennings (R - Casper), the sponsors of the Constitutional Carry Bill. As well as the hard work of issue champions like Representative Lorraine Quarberg (R...
  • Wyoming State House moves Constitutional Carry closer to final passage 48 to 8

    02/24/2011 7:17:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 23 February, 2011 | Anthony Bouchard
    We aren’t done, but I’ve got some good news for you. The first phase of passing the Jaggi-Jennings Constitutional Carry through the Wyoming State House was accomplished this afternoon. House members agreed to move this common-sense legislation forward by a vote of 48 to 8. Even though we’re definitely not done yet, and I know that I don’t have to tell you that anything can happen in politics, this is still great news. Because of your emails and phone calls, these House members have moved our bill past its first reading with an overwhelming majority. Our next steps are the...
  • Wyo. House gives first OK to concealed guns bill

    02/23/2011 7:15:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies
    KULR-8 ^ | February 23, 2011 | AP
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming residents could carry concealed guns without a permit under a bill that has cleared its first hearing in the state House of Representatives. The House voted 48-8 Wednesday in favor of the bill, which already has passed the Senate. If the bill passes, Wyoming still would continue to offer concealed-carry permits for citizens who want to carry their guns in other states under reciprocal agreements. The permit system requires police background checks for applicants...
  • Wyoming Legislature enters home stretch

    02/21/2011 4:34:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 20 February, 2011 | BEN NEARY (AP)
    Another Senate bill coming up for a hearing in the House this week would allow Wyoming citizens to carry concealed handguns without a permit. Buchanan said he expects the bill will pass, but said he expects a spirited debate. A similar handgun bill passed the House in the last legislative session but failed in the Senate.
  • House committee OKs concealed-weapons bill

    02/11/2011 5:30:25 PM PST · by archy · 17 replies
    Cowboy State Free Press ^ | February 11, 2011 | bill.mccarthy
    House committee OKs concealed-weapons bill The House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee discussion of Senate File 47, Concealed weapons, is about 52 minutes. The quality of the recording is not great, but voices are clear. By Bill McCarthy, Cowboy State Free Press CHEYENNE – A committee voted 8-1 today to send legislation allowing law-abiding Wyoming citizens to carry concealed firearms to the House floor. “This bill is about a law abiding citizen’s right to carry open or concealed in the state of Wyoming,” said Rep. Lorraine Quarberg, a bill sponsor. “It is very difficult to restore a right...
  • Clarity wanted in weapon law(WY)

    02/09/2011 3:58:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 8 February, 2011 | Josh Rhoten
    CHEYENNE -- Hospital officials locally and statewide are encouraging legislators to clarify the concealed weapons law as it relates to hospitals. The current law limits where you can carry a concealed weapon, but does not specifically address hospitals or healthcare buildings. Discussion around the clarification began after Senate File 47 was introduced into the Legislature. That bill would allow residents to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The bill's introduction and debate create a prime opportunity to address the issue and add needed detail to the law, according to one Cheyenne Regional Medical Center official. "We are not taking...
  • Constitutional Carry Introduced In Colorado Legislature

    02/08/2011 4:29:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 47 replies ^ | 7 February, 2011 | Dudley Brown
    Colorado --( Friday State Rep. Chris Holbert (R-Parker) and State Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) introduced HB1205, the Constitutional Carry Act of 2011. This bill is designed to do one thing: allow citizens who are legally eligible to possess handguns to carry that handgun without obtaining a costly, burdensome and bureaucratic permit. One of the chief advantages this bill presents is that citizens are not put on any government tracking list merely for carrying the tools for self defense. Citizens in Vermont, Alaska and Arizona currently enjoy that right, and Wyoming could be joining that list in the next few months....
  • Wyoming Constitutional Carry to Have House Committee Hearing

    02/08/2011 4:26:16 AM PST · by marktwain ^ | 7 February, 2011 | Anthony Bouchard
    Wyoming --( Our next step toward Constitutional Carry in Wyoming is scheduled to take place next week, but don’t be fooled, the fight starts today. Yesterday the Jaggi-Jennings Constitutional Carry bill was assigned its committee and scheduled for next Wednesday (2/9). That means that right now is the time to let the committee members know that you support passing the Jaggi-Jennings Constitutional Carry bill out of committee without any amendments. You can rest assured that I will be providing you with ways to be involved and the latest news on this bill as it happens, but right now I need...
  • Concealed carry bill gets support(WY)

    02/08/2011 4:12:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 7 February, 2011 | MARK HEINZ
    While not opposed to the idea of private citizens packing concealed firearms, some local law enforcement brass said they hope new legislation won't make it easier for the wrong people to tuck weapons away. "One point that we can't lose sight of in the debate (over concealed weapons) is the weight of responsibility attached to a person if they choose to carry that weapon," said Powell Police Chief Tim Feathers. * Senate File 47 would eliminate the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed firearm in Wyoming. Sponsored by Sen. Kent Jennings, R-Casper, SF 47 passed the Senate in...
  • Rendezvous Date for Junior Uranium Miners In Wyoming ( Russians )

    02/05/2011 4:05:37 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Resource Investor ^ | 1/14/2011 | Jeb Handwerger
    How did the world champion chess players take over prime mining land in Wyoming and Texas in a brilliant tactical maneuver? Well, who would’ve thought it? Broad daylight and without a shot being fired, Russians have taken possession of rich American uranium assets. How they managed to do this might require the skills of a Sherlock Holmes in unraveling a labyrinthian maze. A description of the end game follows: About a year ago, the directors of Uranium One listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange as UUU and on the Nasdaq as SXRZF were abruptly informed by the Kazakhstan government that...
  • Idaho, 6 Other States, to “Nullify” ObamaCare

    02/03/2011 9:01:02 PM PST · by ForGod'sSake · 70 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 22, 2011 | Howard Portnoy
    Idaho, the first state to sue the federal government over the health care overhaul, has announced plans to resort to an obscure 18th century legal remedy that recognizes a state’s right to nullify any federal law that the state has deemed unconstitutional.The doctrine, known as nullification, has its roots in the brand of governance practiced by the nation’s founding fathers. It was used as early as 1799 by then-law professor Thomas Jefferson, who wrote in a response to federal laws passed amid an undeclared naval war against France that nullification, by those sovereignties, of all unauthorized acts … is the...
  • Senators vow to strip Obama climate power

    02/01/2011 8:55:32 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    afp ^ | Jan 31 , 2011
    Eleven Republican senators introduced a bill that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, which scientists blame for global warming, without explicit approval by Congress. Under Obama, the federal agency has steadily increased standards on gas emissions. The Republicans accused Obama of circumventing Congress, where a so-called "cap-and-trade" bill to mandate emission curbs died last year. "My bill will shrink Washington's job-crushing agenda and grow America's economy," said Senator John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming and skeptic of climate change who is leading the effort. "I will do whatever it takes to ensure that Washington doesn't impose...
  • Sen. Barrasso introduces bill prohibiting federal agencies from regulating greenhouse gases

    01/31/2011 7:17:48 PM PST · by Qbert · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/31/2011 | Amanda Carey
    Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming introduced legislation Monday afternoon that would prohibit federal agencies from regulating greenhouse gases without a direct mandate from Congress. The Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act seeks to stop bureaucracies from unilaterally passing economically unsound regulations for the sole purpose of addressing climate change. It has seven co-sponsors, including Republican Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, James Inhofe of Oklahoma and John Thune of South Dakota. “It’s time for the administration to face the facts: Americans rejected cap and trade because they know it means higher energy prices and lost jobs,” said Barrasso in...
  • Judge Molloy wants to resolve question over wolves experimental status

    01/29/2011 5:15:20 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    KPAX/KAJ ^ | Jan 29, 2011 | Dennis Bragg
    U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy is telling attorneys for environmental groups and wildlife management agencies to gather their data and help resolve whether gray wolves should still be an "experimental species" in the Northern Rockies. When wolves were re-introduced in Central Idaho and Yellowstone Park in the mid-90s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had them designated as an "experimental, non-essential" species. That allowed scientists to work on re-building wolf populations and gauging their survival, but also answered ranchers' concerns by allowing wolves that preyed on livestock to be killed. The question over whether the wolves are still "experimental"...
  • Arizona-style immigration law dies in Wyoming House (Republicans control committee)

    01/24/2011 8:51:58 PM PST · by WilliamHouston · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Youth for Western Civilization ^ | January 24, 2011 | William L. Houston
    The immigration wars of 2011 lasted a week in Wyoming. This afternoon the Wyoming House shot down Rep. Illoway's Arizona-style immigration law. The bill died in the Republican controlled "Minerals, Business, and Economic Development Committee." According to Bloomberg News, no member of the "Minerals, Business, and Economic Development Committee" moved to vote on Illoway's bill. The ACLU, Wyoming Contractor's Association, and the Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association - the usual pro-amnesty coalition - opposed the proposed new law. In case you are wondering, Republicans control and dominate this committee in the Wyoming House: Chairman Thomas Lockhart (R), James Byrd (D),...
  • Motion to Add Six New States to Lawsuit Challenging Federal Health Care Law

    01/24/2011 1:13:02 AM PST · by Kevmo · 30 replies
    Office of The Attorney General of Florida ^ | January 18, 2011 | Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
    Florida Attorney General Files Motion to Add Six New States to Lawsuit Challenging Federal Health Care Law Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi today filed a motion to add six States to the federal health care lawsuit – Iowa, Ohio, Kansas, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Maine. This motion brings the number of states to 26, including Florida and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), in challenging the federal health care law as unconstitutional. Also challenging that law in a separate lawsuit is Virginia, and Oklahoma has announced its intention to do the same. “It sends a strong message that more than...
  • Wyoming concealed weapon bill wins first Senate nod

    01/21/2011 3:56:07 PM PST · by archy · 37 replies
    Wyoming Trib.Com Online News ^ | 21 Jan 2011 | Ben Neary
    Wyoming concealed weapon bill wins first Senate nod StoryWyoming concealed weapon bill wins first Senate nod By BEN NEARY - Associated Press writer | Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 12:30 am * What the bill does: Allows Wyoming residents to carry concealed guns without state permits. * The latest: The Senate voted 21-8 in favor of the bill Thursday. * What's next: It faces two more votes in the Senate before heading to the House for debate. CHEYENNE -- Wyoming residents would be able to carry concealed guns without state permits under a bill that received preliminary approval in...
  • Wyoming Tackles Immigration

    01/21/2011 4:33:25 AM PST · by WilliamHouston · 10 replies
    Youth for Western Civilization ^ | January 21, 2011 | William L. Houston
    Wyoming is one of the many Western states that will be taking on illegal immigration this year. Every Western state with the exceptions of Oregon and Washington have some type of bill under consideration that I am tracking. In Wyoming, Rep. Pete Illoway in the Wyoming House is introducing an Arizona-style immigration law. He describes it as a "clone" of Arizona's popular SB 1070 which has become a model for other states. The bill would allow any state resident in Wyoming to file an action in court against a local government or police department for failing to enforce federal immigration...
  • Yellowstone Has Bulged as Magma Pocket Swells (10"?)

    01/20/2011 5:52:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 85 replies
    National Geographic News ^ | January 19, 2011 | Brian Handwerk
    Some places saw the ground rise by ten inches, experts report. Yellowstone National Park's supervolcano just took a deep "breath," causing miles of ground to rise dramatically, scientists report. The simmering volcano has produced major eruptions—each a thousand times more powerful than Mount St. Helens's 1980 eruption—three times in the past 2.1 million years. Yellowstone's caldera, which covers a 25- by 37-mile (40- by 60-kilometer) swath of Wyoming, is an ancient crater formed after the last big blast, some 640,000 years ago. (See "When Yellowstone Explodes" in National Geographic magazine.) Since then, about 30 smaller eruptions—including one as recent as...
  • Border Fence Fund Act SB 2255 Filed !!

    01/20/2011 2:32:33 AM PST · by jdirt · 11 replies ^ | Jan 19th | Mississippi Patriots
    If you can make a call, you can get this legislation introduced in your State. The following States have a Republican majority in the House, Senate and Governor: If you live in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, this legislation will pass because it is a revenue generator but from illegal aliens only not taxpayers. It can be introduced in less than 24 hrs after your legislator learns of it. We spoke to a legislator and the next day it was filed on the...
  • (Governor)Branstad joins lawsuit against federal health care reform (Iowa)

    01/18/2011 2:44:40 PM PST · by Free Vulcan · 16 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | 1.18.11 | Dar Danielson
    Governor Terry Branstad says the state is signing onto the Florida lawsuit against the federal health care reform law. Tim Albrecht, the governor’s spokesperson, says the lawsuit challenges the individual mandate of the federal healthcare bill that would force Iowans to buy the federal government’s mandate healthcare insurance. He the law also expands Medicaid, making it very costly with a “one size fits all approach” that he says would force the states to cut other critical programs. Albrecht says the Republican governor is well aware of the impact of the potential impact the health care bill would have on the...
  • Feds drop lynx appeal, will revise habitat plan

    01/18/2011 5:21:04 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | January 17, 2011
    Wildlife officials have dropped their appeal of a court ruling that forces the government to revise its flawed plan to protect critical habitat for Canada lynx. The move means the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have to reconsider areas in Colorado, Montana and Idaho for critical habitat designation... A second plan in 2009 designated 39,000 square miles in Maine, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington as critical habitat. But U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy last year faulted wildlife officials for excluding Colorado, where lynx are making a strong comeback, and some national forests in Montana and Idaho. Some Colorado...
  • Urgent Legislative Alert 1-15-11 — Constitutional Carry(WY)

    01/17/2011 5:00:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 15 January, 2011 | Staff
    Dear Friends of Liberty, I need your help! Constitutional Carry legislation ‘SF-47’ is to be heard in a Senate Committee on Tuesday January 18th. It is urgent that you contact the Senate Committee members immediately and let them know that you want to restore the Constitution in Wyoming by passing ‘SF-47’. Note: SF-47 does NOT remove the ability of a citizen to acquire a concealed carry permit. If passed, our Constitutional Carry legislation SF-47 would restore the right of every law-abiding Wyoming citizen to carry a gun to protect themselves and their families — WITHOUT going through a bunch of...
  • A Gathering of Wolves

    05/15/2010 11:24:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 967+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 15, 2010 | Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison
    When Bill Clinton's administration acted in 1995 and 1996 to deliberately reintroduce wolves into the 2.2-million-acre Yellowstone National Park, there were the predictable jokes about Clinton's wolf-whistling in the Oval Office. How could you get sympathy from Clinton, ranchers and Western cattlemen groused -- he's a wolf himself! In 2005, Kenton Carnegie, 22, an Ontario university student, was killed in remote Points North Landing, Saskatchewan... The jury ruled it a death by wolf attack. Even if the wolves do not kill the ranchers' herds, they can infect them. If you're tempted to romanticize a wolf pack, think of how romantic...
  • Wolves, bears blamed for decline of elk in Yellowstone

    01/14/2011 9:29:36 AM PST · by george76 · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 12 , 2011 | Laura Zuckerman
    Wolves and grizzly bears are mostly to blame for a steep population decline in a signature elk herd in the northern range of Yellowstone National Park, government scientists said on Wednesday. The elk population in the northern section of the park is prized by sportsmen who hunt outside Yellowstone boundaries in Montana and by the millions who pour into the park each year to see wildlife. Annual counts of the northern Yellowstone elk population show it has plummeted by more than 70 percent since 1995, falling from 16,791 to fewer than 5,000 today. Biologists said wolves and grizzlies are the...