A coalition of environmental groups is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency's decision to end federal protections for wolves in Wyoming. Groups including the Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The groups claim the federal wildlife agency violated the Endangered Species Act by approving the state of Wyoming's wolf management plan. Wyoming took over wolf management on Oct. 1 after promising to maintain at least 10 breeding pairs of wolves and at least 100 wolves outside of Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming classifies wolves as predators that can be shot on sight in more than 80% of state. The state also allows regulated hunting of wolves as trophy game in a zone outside Yellowstone National Park.
The city of Powell is outlawing Dumpster diving. The City Council approved an ordinance last week that prohibits residents from taking out the contents of city trash containers or climbing on the bins. City officials say there are safety concerns about people climbing in trash bins, and some containers have been damaged. There also are privacy concerns if people are looking through trash containing credit card statements. Under the new ordinance, residents would need to call City Hall and ask for permission to go through a city trash container before taking trash from it.
19 year old Tessa Rae Brangham of Green River was arrested on Wednesday, February 20th at around 4 AM on Uinta Drive for Eluding a Police Officer. An officer attempted to stop the car Brangham was driving when she sped up and headed south on Hwy 530. The officer pursued Brangham’s car and broke off the chase at the Blacks Fork River after reaching speeds in excess of 120 mph. Through subsequent investigation the officer learned the car’s driver and owner was Brangham. Brangham was located coming back into town in her boyfriend’s mother’s vehicle two hours after the chase began. Brangham admitted to the officer she was the driver of the car that lead the officer on the chase. She was taken into custody and transported to jail.
The City of Green River has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Wyoming State Land Investment Board for “Destination Green River Station”, the redevelopment and restoration of the historic Union Pacific Railroad Depot. Green River Council member Brett Stokes says, quote, “This is the second time in the last six months that the State has stepped forward to help Green River move forward with exciting projects that benefit all members of the community.
A bit of a pleasant surprise for the majority of City workers at last nights city council meeting, a 2% pay increase across the board.....sorta. The council voted 4-2 to give a raise to All full time, regular part-time , and part time employees, with contract employees and seasonal highers not seeing any change. The decision was an amendment to a resolution to amend the city's personnel manual, and the way in which performance evaluations are given for the previous year and into the future. Councilman Gary Kilpack, said it was unfair to the employees to have not been notified at the beginning of the year what requirements they must meet in order to receive performance based raises.