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Will More Logging Ease Wildfires? Canada Holds Answers

Part I: Can More Logging Ease Wildfires? Canada Holds Answers The sun is just a dim red dot. The nearby Canadian Rockies are shrouded in thick wildfire smoke. Bob Gray knows we probably shouldn’t be hiking up a mountain right now. “I have a scratchy throat,” he says. “Physically it effects my breathing. I probably shouldn’t spend a lot of time in it.”

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Wyoming Public Media 2018 Photo Contest Winners

We were lucky to receive so many beautiful entries from all over Wyoming. The winners were chosen by listeners who voted for their favorite in each category.

Cheyenne. WY – The State and Federal Government have reached an agreement that will reduce the numbers of wild horses roaming Wyoming land. Wild Horse Numbers currently sit at 7000. State officials had contended that wild horse populations were out of control and were not being managed by the B-L-M as required by law.

Freemont County, WY – Responding to public opposition, the US Forest Service is making a new proposal for expanding food storage orders in the Shoshone and Bridger Teton National Forests. The new rules to reduce human-bear encounters were laid out Tuesday before a meeting of the Fremont County Commission. That commission has already passed two resolutions opposing expansion of the food storage order, and didn't seem pleased with these changes. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports.

Cheyenne, WY – The future of the federal roadless rule has been called into question, following conflict of interest allegations against a federal judge in Cheyenne. Last month, Judge Clarence Brimmer struck down the rule that would have blocked logging and energy development on 58 Million acres of federal forest land. Now an ethics complaint has been filed by two judicial watchdog groups saying Brimmer should have stepped down from the case due to his extensive financial holdings in oil and gas companies. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports on where Brimmer's ruling now stands.

Wyoming – When talking about why there have been more wildfires in the West recently, the common wisdom is that a century of putting out fires has allowed for a massive build-up of fuels. But at least one Forest Service researcher thinks climate changes similar to El Nino and La Nina may have also played a role. Wyoming Public Radio's Aaron Alpern reports.

Cheyenne, WY – Those who are concerned about new FCC rules have said that large companies are moving into rural areas and removing local programming. But, Wyoming radio broadcasters say the opposite has been occurring in the Cowboy State. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck explains

Wyoming – On Tuesday the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission passed a wolf management plan. That means the grey wolf is much closer to coming off the endangered species list. But, the process is a long ways from over. Wyoming Public Radio's Renny MacKay reports one factor that could hold up delisting is the very same management plan the Game and Fish Commission just passed

Wyoming – Huge increases in medical malpractice insurance is pricing some doctors out of the state. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck reports that while Wyoming has been unwilling to place caps on non-economic damages, some think the state will have to go that route in order to stabilize costs.

Dubois, WY – A Big Horn Sheep Herd has been helped by the recovery efforts of a group in Dubois. Wyoming Public Radio's Jim Morgan has more...

Wyoming – While many counties would be facing some tight budgets this year. Low interest rates and a run of home sales is bailing them out. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck explains...

Wyoming – Today is the day that school districts needed to turn in five year building plans to state officials. What becomes of those plans remains to be seen. Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck has more.

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