December 1, 2012 |
In the woods and on the plains of Wyoming, one traditional hunting sound may soon be headed toward extinction. "Blam! Blam! Blam!" State lawmakers are set to decide whether to allow silencers on hunting guns, a move that has divided the outdoor-oriented state. Proponents say screwing a muzzle onto a firearm to catch the blast and muffle the report will prevent hearing damage and reduce noise pollution. Many opponents insist silencers for hunting weapons gives all those Elmer Fudds in the woods an unsporting advantage with yet another high-tech gadget against game species whose defenses have always been only their alertness and ability to run away.
November 30, 2012 |
Three people, including the attacker, were dead after a rampage in Casper, Wyo., on Friday morning, officials said. Two bodies were found at the science building on the campus of Casper College, said Lisa Icenogle, news coordinator at the community college. The third body was found a few miles away. One of the bodies found on campus was that of a teacher who had apparently been killed with “an edged weapon,” and the other body was believed to be that of the attacker, who killed himself with the same weapon, Icenogle said.
October 15, 2012 |
A Montana man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Wyoming girl appeared in federal court in Bozeman on Monday and said he would not fight extradition. Jesse Paul Speer, 39, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation late Saturday night. He was held on $2-million bond pending extradition to face charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and felony use of a firearm, Gallatin County Detention Center officials told the Los Angeles Times. He didn't enter a plea and waived his right to an extradition hearing, the Associated Press reported.
October 15, 2012 |
Authorities have announced the arrest of a man suspected of the Oct. 8 kidnapping and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Cody, Wyo. Few details were available Sunday. “The suspect and vehicle (white Toyota 4Runner) involved in the child abduction case in Cody has been captured,” the Wyoming Highway Patrol said on its Facebook page . “Thank you for all of your assistance and information!” An FBI news release said that the man had been arrested in Belgrade, Mont., and that further details would be released at a Monday morning news conference at Cody City Hall.
August 26, 2012
There's a lot more to restoring an endangered species than simply getting enough animals to breed in the wild. They return to a changed area, narrower and more hostile, where humans occupy more space. Sometimes this works out fine; the bald eagle has been a stunning success story. The return of the gray wolf to the northern Rockies looked as though it would be similarly inspiring, with the wolf's numbers rising from an original 66 to about 1,700. It still could be, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been too willing to see the multimillion-dollar wolf program set back by agreements with states that allow widespread hunting.
July 13, 2012 |
WILSON, Wyo. - On the campaign trail over the last year, there are two names that Mitt Romney almost never mentions: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. That approach got tricky on Thursday as Romney brought his campaign to Cheney's home near Jackson Hole, where the former Massachusetts governor mingled with deep-pocketed donors at a country club with views of the towering Grand Tetons in the distance. The private reception for more than 200 donors was followed by a smaller, more intimate dinner at Cheney's house.
June 25, 2012 |
The five states that are home to many of the top driving destinations in the U.S. also have the highest average car repair prices, according to a study by CarMD.com. The study by the Irvine company found that Wyoming, Utah, California, Montana and Arizona, which are home to popular attractions including half the nation's national parks, have the highest costs. CarMD, which sells automobile diagnostic systems, analyzed more than 160,000 repair bills given to drivers in 2011 who pulled into auto shops because the "check engine" light came on. The average nationwide cost of repairs in that situation was $334 in 2011, down 6% from 2010, primarily because of a drop in labor costs, the study found.
June 8, 2012 |
Parts of Wyoming and Colorado were working Friday to recover from the week's harsh weather, including tornadoes that caused minor injuries. A rare tornado cut through open country in southeastern Wyoming on Thursday, injuring at least one person and causing some property damage in the Wheatland area. In Colorado, four tornadoes were reported in the Elbert County area, southeast of Denver. A minor injury was also reported there. The tornadoes were blamed on an unusually powerful storm system moving through the region packing heavy rains, strong winds and conditions that can spawn twisters.
June 2, 2012 |
If the success of History's recent miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" is any indication, it's still tough to beat a good tale from the frontier. Whether emanating from an iPhone or a 90-inch flat screen, there's something about hoofbeats stirring up mountainous mulch and men in big hats meting out justice that twangs the American heartstrings deep and true. Though set in the modern west, A&E's new law enforcement drama "Longmire" hits many of the same notes. A place of flat plains edged with pine-crowded mountains, Absaroka County, Wyoming, still answers to its sheriff, one Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor)
May 18, 2012 |
If you're headed anywhere near Jackson , Wyo., this summer, leave open a few hours for the National Museum of Wildlife Art , which turns 25 this month. The museum sits on a butte at the edge of Jackson, overlooking an elk refuge, and its collection includes paintings, sculpture and photography - a great way to glimpse nature in all four seasons, no matter when you're there. I was introduced to the place two years ago. Besides beholding many great images of critters, I learned that the folk artist behind the “Peaceable Kingdom” image (lion, lamb, etc., gathered in an idyllic rural setting)