Archives for December 2014

Elk take reaches 11-year high

Hunters have killed 268 elk on the National Elk Refuge this season.

This number marks the most in any other year since 2003.

The hunt ended 12 days ago.

Refuge staff says some reports continues surfacing, however.

Over the last decade, hunters have killed an average of 149 elk annually on the refuge in the northwestern part of the state.

Census: WY pop up 930

The Census Bureau estimates Wyoming’s population has increased by 930 people over the last year.

It remains the least populated state with 584,000 residents.

State economist Wenlin Liu tells the Casper Star-Tribune that oil exploration in North Dakota, Texas, and Colorado has attracted many Wyoming energy workers.

Christmas Day a travel nightmare in Wyoming

Wyoming continues recovering from a difficult Christmas Day of travel.

Snow and wind worked to make it nearly impossible.

WYDOT at one point had closed I-80 between Rock Springs and Rawlins.

Fish released into North Platte

Winter fishing on the North Platte has received 1,400 rainbow trout in Douglas and south of Casper.

Game and Fish says the rainbows average 13 inches.

The department often releases these fish and younger ones it has raised for breeding.

Group wants trapping forbidden in Jackson Hole

A Teton County group wants to prohibit fur trapping at a ski resort, as well as along popular trails in and around Jackson Hole.

Wyoming Untrapped keeps pushing for local reforms after snares killed thre dogs at the base of Casper Mountain near Casper.

Game and Fish says Wyoming Untrapped and the Wyoming Trappers Association have spoken for a year about possibly changing county regulations.

Bill could spawn more liquor licenses

Legislation would increase the number of liquor licenses available to restaurants statewide. This bill would create one-hundred-twenty-nine new bar and grill liquor licenses in Wyoming. Those who the like the change say national chains want to open restaurants that serve alcohol, but they cannot because of Wyoming’s restrictive liquor licensing laws.

UW grabs junior college quarterback

UW’s football coach has announced the signing of junior college quarterback Josh Allen.

Allen has thrown for 2,055 yards and 26 touchdowns as a freshman at California’s Reedley College.

He has also rushed for 660 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Allen joins the Cowboys in time for the spring.

Listeria prompts Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream recall

An ice cream company has issued a recall over possible listeria.

Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream says this includes all flavors and sizes of ice cream, gelato, custard, and sorbet.

It also includes Emerald & Spruce Ice Cream and Top Pot Hand Forged Ice Cream.

UW grad to lead Equality State Policy Center on interim basis

A UW grad leads the Equality State Policy Center — for now.

Briana Jones takes over as interim director.

Jones assumes control from Dan Deal, who retires after a decade on the job.

The center works on tax policy and social issues. It often testifies on issues before the legislature.

Troopers don’t have to meet ticket or stop quotas

The highway patrol no longer requires troopers to meet annual numbers on traffic stops and tickets. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports law enforcement and civil liberties groups have expressed concerns that such quotas could increase the risk of questionable stops.