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US: Wyoming (News/Activism)

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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...