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Should wolves receive federal protection in Wyoming?




Once again, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has returned wolves in Wyoming to the Endangered Species List.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was wrong to trust nonbinding promises from the state of Wyoming to maintain at least 100 wolves, including 10 breeding pairs, outside of Yellowstone and the Wind River Indian Reservation, according to The Associated Press.

Thumbs down to the number of Wyoming residents and visitors killed while bicycling in our state and to those who oppose efforts to make Wyoming’s highways and roads safer for bicyclists.

Tim Young, executive director of Wyoming Pathways, a bicyclist support group, said there is a demand for action. Deaths have been reported in Casper, Sheridan, rural Natrona County and rural Laramie County.

What a difference a few degrees can make.

Just ask farmers in the Big Horn Basin. They have literally experienced lows and highs in the past two weeks and will feel the impact in their bank accounts. They know that, since it’s the business they have chosen and nothing they haven’t seen before.

Thumbs up to a report that the teen birth rate declined in Wyoming for the fifth year in a row, but thumbs down to the fact that it remains above the national average.

The Wyoming Department of Health reports that 34.6 babies per 1,000 are born to girls ages 15-19. That’s down from 50.1 births per 1,000 in 2007 but still far too high; the national rate is 29.4 births per 1,000 to teen moms.

A recent report on occupational deaths and injuries in Wyoming pointed to increasing highway and agricultural safety as two of the ways to decrease occupational injuries and fatalities.

That makes a lot of sense to us.

Thumbs up to the people who honor the memory of Sept. 11, 2001.

Yes, it was 13 years ago today that one of the darkest chapters in American history was written by a small band of  fanatical terrorists and the evil men who guided them. They hijacked airplanes and struck New York City and Washington, D.C., killing 2,977 innocent people.

Powell takes pride in its trees. For nearly 25 years, Powell has been named a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Foundation for demonstrating a commitment to caring for its public trees.

As Mayor Don Hillman’s Arbor Day proclamation has declared in the past: “Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas and beautify our community ... trees are a source of joy.”