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First News: Wolf talks, Offshore drilling

Submitted by Newsroom on November 12, 2010 – 9:03 amNo Comment

State officials are thinking about hiring an attorney for wolf talks, and our Congresswoman is concerned about a recent report on an offshore drilling ban ….. CLICK HERE

This is Leslie Stratmoen with your news …. 


Wyoming considers hiring lawyer for wolf talks    

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming lawmakers are considering whether to hire an attorney  and join Montana and Idaho in trying to negotiate the removal of wolves from the federal endangered species act.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Legislative Management Council meeting today will and consider a request to spend $30,000 on an attorney to negotiate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Idaho and Montana would be expected to contribute as well.

However, the council could also decide to end its involvement with the two other states in its efforts to delist wolves. The federal government lifted protections for wolves in Idaho, Montana and parts of Oregon, Utah and Washington in 2009 but that was later reversed by a federal judge.



Lummis troubled by report on offshore drilling ban    

CHEYENNE, Wyo.  – In news coming from Washington, we’ve learned that U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis is troubled over the White House’s editing of a drilling safety report that conveys a false impression.

Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis

The report was created by the Interior Department’s inspector general. It concluded that the White House made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the administration’s six-month ban on new deep-water drilling. The Congresswoman was among those who called for the inspector general’s investigation into the matter.

The Wyoming Republican says the investigation calls into question the accuracy and scientific basis of every decision the Interior Department has made in recent years regarding domestic energy. Critics of the drilling moratorium say it cost thousands of workers their jobs.

From information provided by the office of Cynthia Lummis

In other news – Riverton Police Captain Eric Murphy says his service to the community won’t change, though he’s enlisted in the National Guard, and coming up this weekend is a Mexican dinner to benefit one of the local schools and artists from throughout the Fremont County area will be holding an exhibition.

More on those stories is on the way. And, you’ll also want to stay tuned for the Adventures of Flat Stanley. We heard all about it from the students of Trinity Lutheran School.

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