Mar 16

Wyoming adopts new wildlife conservation guidelines

Wyoming has adopted a new state guideline. Wyoming, being an energy-rich state which repeatedly looks to equilibrize conservation with development of fossil fuels, look to save some of the longest wildlife-migration routes in North America from oil as well as natural gas practicing on public lands.

The new guidelines were adopted earlier on Thursday by state Game and Fish Commission call on state wildlife authorities to carry on to identify paths traveled two times a year by thousands of antelope, elk and mule deer. Tracking technology has allowed scientists in Wyoming as well as elsewhere to map these type paths with increasing precision — and even find out new ones. Continue reading →

Feb 15

Wyoming sees record levels of tourism numbers

The tourism economy in Wyoming saw yet another year of great growth in the year 2014. A primary assessment of travel and tourism impact of Wyoming reflects that a record 10.1 million people hit the state in the year 2014.

This number is up eleven percent from the year 2013 when the state saw 9.07 million visitors as well as is the largest percentage growth year over year since tracking started in 1998. This follows many years of systematically strong growth. The last ten years of tourism marketing has ensued in a forty-five percent increase of visitation to Wyoming.

Two different reports made for Wyoming Office of Tourism by Strategic Marketing and Research Inc. and Dean Runyan & Associates show that not just did the volume of travelers grew last year, but the amount of money travelers spent on their tours also gone up. As per recent reports, travel spending in state developed to more than US$ 3.3 billion last year. This figure is up from a record year in the year 2013 of US$ 3.2 billion. Continue reading →

Dec 14

Attempts to make skate park in Wyoming Valley getting some ground

Attempts to make a skate park in Wyoming Valley are now getting some traction.

A few months ago, the Plains Township Skate Park Committee organizer Kevin Czekalski told that they are getting into the nuts and bolts of it now; they are quite well beyond the talking stage.

The reports of a skate park in the town have got a very strong community support in the Plains Township as well as beyond. Support gone up after the death of William Moore, an 18-year-old boy, in Kingston, after an automobile related skateboarding mishap earlier in October.

In York, a same type of tragedy guided the construction of a skate park there. Plains Bike Shop owner Czekalski told that many sponsored scooter and skateboard squads are run out of the store, and young riders go almost every weekend to the skate parks out of the region to practice for several competitions. This is a shame because they have got nowhere to go.

Czekalski added that he as well as parents who are interested went to communities where skate parks have gone up over the past few years to ask leaders how do they did it. Much of the funding comes from loans and grants via state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. There are a lot of towns who are doing it in their own way. Many communities attach insurance riders for parks to their general liability policies.

Apr 14

American Indian casinos in Wyoming

In Wyoming, the Indian casinos were among the fastest increasing in 2012. And overall spending by the gamblers at Indian casinos has been across the nation that year. The 2 resident Indian tribes in Wyoming, the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho, both operate casinos.

On Wednesday, the Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry data showed that the Wyoming Indian casinos were just 2nd behind those in Texas. In the year 2012, the Wyoming casinos had gone up from fourteen tables to seventeen tables.

The date does not offer profit figures for Wyoming’s Indian casinos. But it stated that the casinos in the state saw a 4.3 percent increase in the year 2012. Across the nation, the profit increase at the Indian casinos had gone down 2% (to US$ 28.1 billion), which is 3.4 percent down from earlier year.

Meanwhile, Wyoming Game and Fish Department has stated that their elk hunting season in 2013 had registered an almost record number. The report shows that 25968 were hunt down. Still, the number was less than it was in the year 2012 when 26365 elk were reported to have taken.

According to reports, a release from t he department stated that the Wildlife managers continue to look after the fall in elk productivity as well as subsequent hunter opportunity in some places of north-west Wyoming, which is near the Yellowstone National Park. The hunter success is quite high on a statewide basis, there continues to be elk herd units in Cody and Jackson Regions where the hunters are now concerned about lower numbers of elk, and low hunter success. The calf productivity in many of these areas has been less.

Jan 14

Wyoming expecting strong tourism

Whiteout conditions forced the shutdown of parts of 2 interstates in Wyoming – a hundred mile stretch of I 80 between Rawlins and Laramie was shot down earlier on Tuesday afternoon, and another hundred mile stretch of eastbound roads between Rawlins and Rock Springs was also closed.

Along with a ten mile section of I 25 south of Cheyenne to Colorado State was closed. National Weather Service stated that high winds in the south part of state of Tuesday – the winds are as high as 89 mile per hour was registered in Platte County. The winds triggered significant drifting and blowing show and slick conditions on several railways.

Meanwhile, as gasoline prices are still very high in Wyoming region, Wyoming is still anticipated to have a large tourism season in the summer as people come to this beautiful state from all around the world to see all that it has to give in terms of other sightseeing adventures as well as adventures. As of now, there is a suggestion that tourism period would go quite well in Wyoming.

This is good trend for the whole state. After all, tourism is one of the largest industries in Wyoming, offering almost $ 2.8 billion as well as creating thousands of jobs for local people who live there.

A tourism director stated that this would be a good year for tourism. It is expected to create around 30000 jobs in the travel industry.

Nov 13

Mead to participate in national quail hunting

Gov. Matt Mead is all set to travel to Enid in Oklahoma, to take part in the forty seventh Grand National Quail Hunt. This trip is not an official one; therefore, Matt Mead would go there at his own expenses, stated Renny MacKay, the communications director.

Even though he was invited to take part in the past, this would be a very first time when Matt Mead would attend the event. The website of the Grand National Quail Hunt said that entry is by invitation only. It said that the event offers the tiptop for the country’s top wing shots as well as most avid quail hunters.

The website told that there is nothing else like this, no other place where a participant can join with a select fraternity of sportsmen as well as celebs dedicated to the enhancement of long standing game bird hunting traditions of United States.

The quail hunt idea issued from a discussion in the year 1966 by 3 participants from Oklahoma in Wyoming’s 1 Shot Antelope Hunt.

Bellmon stated that Wyoming’s antelope are almost as plentiful as quail of Oklahoma. He thought why Oklahoma could not also have a celeb type quail hunt. Tonight, Matt would go to a reception in Enid. The participants, on Thursday, would engage in the informal trap as well as sporting clays open shooting at Grant National Gun Club. Later there is also a stag dinner and an auction.

Sep 13

Wyoming cabin made of ossified dinosaur bones

Fossil Cabin in Wyoming near Como Bluff‘s dinosaur graveyard is called the Oldest Building in the World. The cabin was made in the year 1933. It has got the oldest building name as the cabin which is located inside the cabin in the Carbon County line on United States route – thirty is mainly made of petrified dinosaur bones that were unearthed from Como Bluff.

National Registry of Historic Places stated that the bones were of different kinds of species but the bone collection did not have a complete specimen. Reports suggest that the cabin weighs 102116 pounds as well as it has 5796 dinosaur bones with little amount of rocks.

Thomas Boylan, person responsible for the interesting cabin, arrived at Wyoming in the year 1892 and after he worked as a cowboy for many years, he registered for a landed estate near the Como Bluff in the year 1908. He started collecting bones in the year 1916.

University of Wyoming’s history professor Phil Roberts stated that originally Boylan had intended to piece the bones together and set them up as sculps as a roadside attraction to his soon to be opened gas filling station on the side of the highway.

In 1938, he told a journalist that at first, he planned to get enough of them together to mount a full dinosaur skeleton. However, setting up such a frame is a costly and long job for someone to undertake.

Jul 13

Como Zoo tadpoles

Recently, over four thousand Wyoming Toad tadpoles are bred and hatched at the Como Zoo were sent to a Wyoming wildlife refuge. They were released in the wildlife refuge as part of a national program to strengthen the numbers of this rare species.

For the last 3 years, Como Zoo has worked with several other zoos across the nation to breed adult toads as well as ship tadpoles to the Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge, which is near Laramie. This is the place where the toad was discovered in the late 80s after scientists thought that this species had gone extinct.

This toad is one of the 4 endangered amphibians that are found in North America. Como Zoo’s thirty adult toads that are kept in aquariums, are seen daily by Bree Barney. Como Friends, which us the nonprofit partner of the zoo, received the funding to purchase a hibernation chamber for these toads as well as cover staff training for the whole program.

This week, Bree Barney will go to Laramie to do some research and to meet the representatives from some other zoos that are working for the survival of the toad.

Wyoming has an increasing tattoo culture and it requires a convention to show its artists. The the owner of a tattoo shop stated the city officials regarding putting on an exhibit or convention in the state. Trinidad Serrano is guiding a bunch of people to put on the convention, stated Wyoming Tribune Eagle on Thursday. The tattoo artists are working with environmental health division of Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department to make a special event permit which could be utilized to put on tattoo conventions.

May 13

Baggs represents Wyoming in the science fair

Michael Espy’s teacher and his mother almost cried and hugged seeing him shake United States President Barack Obama’s hand at the 3rd annual White House Science Fair in Washington DC on Monday. Carolyn Hicks, the teacher of Little Snake River Valley School, told that Michael appeared very professional. He smiled and said something to the president that she and Michael’s mom Peggy Espy could not listen on the live feed.

Later Michael Espy told that he thanked the president and he told him that it was really an honor to be there and be invited at the White House. This was a moment that he would always remember. He added that he would also never forget not forget sitting on the stage, hearing to the president tell participants that they are the next generation of engineers and scientists who will change the United States.

Little Snake River Valley School in the small south central Wyoming city of Baggs and the school will honor him in an assembly on Wednesday at 2 pm. Now, Michael is thinking of a career in chemical engineering. For his project, he sought to find out which organic component would offer the most methane gas. A byproduct toss out in potato processing bring forth the most material for his science project. Michael told that he was not informed why he was selected, but Hicks thinks this is because he is an awesome children and has an beautiful project.

Mar 13

Lake snow warning issued for Wyoming County

It seems that winter will not go away quietly as National Weather Service has issued new weather warning for Wyoming as well as Livingston counties. A winter weather warning is in effect till 11 am for the Livingston County. A lake snow advisory starts at 5 pm for Wyoming County, and goes on till 6 am, Thursday. Between four and 8 inches of snow are expected, according to Weather Service.

In a weather forecast discussion, the Weather Service told that the calendar might say spring starts Wednesday, but the overall pattern shows little signs of it. In fact, confidence is growing in an impressive late season lake snow for portions of Western and Central New York.

Now, this winter weather advisory also adds Wayne, Allegany, Ontario as well as northern Cayuga nations. Wintry mix and snow including freezing rain is expected to bring back tough travel times, with reduced visibilities and slippery roads, said the Weather Service.

Less than an inch of snow is anticipated to accumulate through 10 am. Ice accretion of 1/10th of an inch is also possible in the morning. Extra lake snow is possible during the night for different regions parts of Western New York. This lake snow advisory also includes places like Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and southern Erie counties. Snow reaching 4 – 8 inches in afternoon through Wednesday night is anticipated mainly through higher elevations, said the Weather Service.