GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The new owner of two Wyoming coal mines has offered to reinstate dozens of furloughed workers, but mine mechanic Christopher Orchard says he found a new job and doesn't plan to return to his old one. Orchard was among more than 500 workers furloughed when Milton, West Virginia-based Blackjewel filed for bankruptcy on July 1. FM Coal subsidiary Eagle Specialty Materials has promised to pay up to $1.8 million in wages and other benefits owed from before the bankruptcy.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The acting head of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it will take $5 billion and 15 years to get the population of wild horses under control. William Perry Pendley told reporters Wednesday several developments have made him more optimistic about his agency's ability to eventually shrink the size of the herds from 88,000 to the 27,000 he says the range can sustain.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana landowner is suing the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service to halt the hunting of bison just outside Yellowstone National Park's northern border. The complaint filed by Gardiner-area landowner Bonnie Lynn and Neighbors Against Bison Slaughter, which shares her address, contends the agencies have failed to analyze the consequences of the hunt on private property owners and visitors as required by law.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A former Casper home health care company will pay $50,000 in back wages to female employees under a settlement in a discrimination case. The settlement ends a case filed more than a year ago by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Interim Healthcare of Wyoming. The lawsuit charged that the company underpaid its female nurses despite performing equal work to their male counterparts.