THEM ON US

By on May 3, 2016

160504TOU-1Ocean to ocean

Ultra-runner Lisa Smith-Batchen will lace up her jogging shoes in Los Angeles and plans on pulling them off in New York City less than 48 days later. Smith-Batchen believes she can break the Trans-Continental speed record, which would require her to log about 68 miles a day.

Cheyenne’s KGWN-TV reported the Teton Valley resident will be raising money for the Tyler Robinson Foundation. TRF has helped more than 300 families struggling with a child diagnosed with cancer. Smith-Batchen began her run on April 24.

160504TOU-2Mining coal’s silver lining

Wyoming received some good news along with the bad concerning coal. On the heels of massive layoffs came news that the northwest railroad passage looks officially dead in its tracks. The Surface Transportation Board shot down a proposed $400M railroad that would have hauled coal from the Wyoming/Montana border early last week. The project has been three decades in the planning but Arch Coal’s recent bankruptcy put it on the shelf.

The good news for the Cowboy State is construction will begin on a high-tech lab that will test new technologies using carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Gov. Matt Mead was on hand for the groundbreaking at Basin Electric’s Dry Fork Station power plant near Gillette. The goal of the plant, called the Integrated Test Center, is to not only to prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere but to put the gas to profitable use.

The Gillette News Record was one of dozens of state media outlets reporting the news.

160504TOU-3Blowing in the wind

What a great headline rewrite by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. The Tribune reran a Wyoming Business Report story on wind energy this week with their own headline: “Why isn’t Wyoming the Saudi Arabia of wind?”

It was better than WBR’s original head, “Wind energy could be poised to blow wide open.” A 2015 report from the Department of Energy projects that wind will provide 20 percent of the country’s electricity by 2030, compared to 5 percent today. Wyoming has had trouble sustaining excitement in harnessing its enormous wind energy potential.

160504TOU-4No drone zone

Don’t even think about it, heli-hunters. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has banned the practice of scouting for wildlife with a manned or unmanned aircraft during hunting season. The ban on drone-assisted hunting goes into effect this August.

Chief state game warden Brian Nesvik told the Casper Star-Tribune that dozens of hunters and representatives from hunting groups supported the ban.

160504TOU-5Broncos snag Poke

The Denver Broncos signed free agent Wyoming Cowboy standout Eddie Yarborough after the defensive end went unselected in the NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 251-pound Yarbrough was a three-time All-Mountain West selection with the Cowboys. He is from Aurora, Colorado.

“Eddie is very deserving of this opportunity,” UW head coach Craig Bohl said in a release. “Eddie is an outstanding player and an outstanding young man, who did everything the right way throughout his career at Wyoming. We think he’ll have an opportunity for a long-term career in the NFL.”

ESPN and USA Today carried the story, among others. PJH

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