Dec. 19 5:54 a.m. 1901 Howell Ave.
Worland temperatures: High 20, Low -3 precipitation: T
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Light south wind.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Southeast wind around 6 mph.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. East southeast wind around 6 mph.
Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Light and variable wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight.
Monday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 31. South southwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming north in the morning.
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. West northwest wind around 9 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 29.
Wednesday Night: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.
Christmas Day: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27.
Sunset tonight: 4:29 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 7:42 a.m.
DAILY NEWS photos by Bob Vines
Friday night was Ten Sleep’s turn to light up the main street of town. The Ten Sleep Parade of Lights boasted 14 floats and a crowded street. Above, Cate Munger, 5, is in the holiday spirit with her Rudolph nose. Right, Washakie Medical Center’s entry makes its way down the street. Below, a group of Ten Sleep men keep visit around one of the many fire pits that were burning street side.
PacifiCorp Energy pleads
guilty in bird deaths
CHEYENNE (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5
million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the
deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.
The subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp pleaded guilty in federal court in Wyoming to two counts of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act under a plea deal with prosecutors.
The U.S. Justice Department said the charges stemmed from the discovery of more than 370 dead birds at the company’s Seven Mile Hill and Glenrock/Rolling Hills wind projects in Carbon and Converse counties from 2009 until now. Authorities counted 38 dead golden eagles and 336 other dead protected birds, including hawks, blackbirds, larks, wrens and sparrows.
It’s the second prosecution of a wind energy company for harming or killing protected birds. Duke Energy pleaded guilty last year to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms.
An Associated Press investigation last year documented how the Obama administration, which has championed pollution-free wind power, was failing to enforce protections for birds at wind energy facilities nationwide, including at PacifiCorp facilities in Wyoming.
At the time, PacifiCorp told the AP that the company was never fined or prosecuted because the wind turbines might not be to blame.
Federal prosecutors alleged PacifiCorp Energy failed to make all reasonable efforts to avoid birds dying by colliding with wind turbines despite prior guidance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. However, in a statement Friday, prosecutors noted the company has cooperated with the wildlife service’s investigation and has already implemented measures aimed at minimizing bird deaths.
Under the deal, PacifiCorp Energy must implement a plan to reduce bird deaths at its four Wyoming sites, and its progress will be monitored for the next five years.
“We are committed to enhancing protections to wildlife that minimize and mitigate impacts,” said Mark Tallman, PacifiCorp’s vice president for renewable resources.
Michael Hutchins of the American Bird Conservancy said he hoped the deal sends a warning that “poorly sited wind projects known to pose a threat to birds will finally be held accountable.”
Of the $2.5 million in fines, $400,000 will go to the North American Wetlands Conservation Fun, $200,000 will be paid to Wyoming, and $1.9 million will go to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to pay for projects aimed at preserving golden eagles and studying ways to minimize harm to the birds from wind farms.
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