We get up to speed at some of the top stories from around the state with Sheridan Media's Ron Richter.
The search is still on for a missing Indiana teen who slipped into a high-flowing creek in northern Wyoming four days ago. A statement from the Big Horn County Sheriff's Office Thursday said that the search is ongoing for the 19-year-old, who went missing in the Dry Fork of Paint Rock Creek on Monday.
The Sheriff's office issued a release Monday saying the young man was participating in a back country horse trip in a remote area of the Big Horn Mountains. Sheriff Kenneth Blackburn has not released the name of the
victim or any details of the search since Monday.
The Bureau of Land Management's office in Buffalo has drastically cut back on issuing drilling permits in northern Wyoming's Powder River Basin. BLM field office manager Duane Spencer says a federal appeals board ruling issued in March forced the agency to revise protections for sage grouse.
Spencer says the Buffalo office has issued only about 220
permits so far this year. Last year, the office issued nearly 3,000. The lack of permits, combined with low prices for Wyoming natural gas, has put a crimp on activity in the Powder River Basin. In May, there were no drilling rigs in operation in the expansive basin.