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Sagebrush habitat fuels $1B in recreation spending

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Advocates of protecting sage grouse habitat across the West say new research shows visitors to western federal rangelands with significant tracts of sagebrush pumped more than $1 billion into the economy last year. The Pew Charitable Trusts says the study released Tuesday is the first of its kind to examine the direct and indirect economic impacts of recreation spending tied to U.S. Bureau of Land Management property with habitat for sagebrush-dependent species. The report by ECONorthwest (ECK’-oh-nohrth-wehst) says hunters, campers, fishermen and others directly spent more than $623 million within 50 miles of relevant BLM property across more than 61 million acres in 11 states. Idaho led the way with $126 million, followed by Nevada, $88 million; Wyoming $87 million; Oregon, $75 million; Colorado, $50 million; and Utah, $39 … Read entire article »

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Fremont County tops in 2013 hay production

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Fremont County produced more hay last year than any other county in Wyoming. The U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show Fremont County produced 254,000 tons of alfalfa hay in 2013. Fremont County’s production far exceeded the next-largest producer. Goshen County produced 140,000 tons. Fremont County had been in second place behind Goshen County in hay production in 2012. That drought year marked the first time since 1962 that Fremont County was not the state’s top alfalfa producer. … Read entire article »

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Boone and Crockett sponsors Wyoming antelope hunt

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — With sponsorship from the Boone and Crockett Club, the second Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt is set to be held next month. The hunt hosted by the Wyoming Women’s Foundation will be held Oct. 9-12 in northeastern Wyoming. The inaugural women’s antelope hunt was held last year. The Wyoming Women’s Foundation created the hunt to promote camaraderie and mentorship through hunting while raising awareness and funds for the Foundation’s mission to improve the economic self-sufficiency of women in the state. … Read entire article »

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Albany County man gets 10-15 years for sex assault

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A 28-year-old Albany County man will spend up to 15 years in prison for having sex with a 16-year-old autistic girl. Cassidy Wayne Thurston was sentenced to between 10 and 15 years in prison on Monday in Laramie for two separate counts of sexual assault in the third degree. He pleaded guilty to the charges in July and prosecutors agreed to drop more serious charges. The Boomerang reported that Thurston allegedly told investigators that the teen had the mentality of a 10-year-old. Thurston’s public defender, Robin Cooper, requested that District Court Judge Jeffrey Donnell sentence him to probation or three to five years in prison instead. However, the girl’s mother requested the maximum sentence of 15 years because she said her daughter was psychologically damaged from the encounters in … Read entire article »

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Conservation groups oppose Wyoming wolf management

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Conservation groups are urging a federal judge not to allow the state of Wyoming to regain control of wolves through a quick, administrative fix. The Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity on Monday told a federal judge wolves in Wyoming should remain protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Washington, D.C., last week returned wolves in Wyoming to federal control. Jackson ruled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shouldn’t have accepted nonbinding state promises in 2012 that it would maintain a minimum population of 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs. State officials last week tried to address Jackson’s concerns by taking steps to make the wolf population guarantees binding under Wyoming law. They’ve asked her … Read entire article »

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Casper College gets federal job training money

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Casper College is among the community colleges around the nation receiving federal grant money for job training initiatives. The federal government is handing out nearly a half-billion dollars in grants to about 270 community colleges nationwide. Casper College will receive about $2.5 million. The idea behind the grants is using community college education and career training programs to help job seekers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs in industries like health care, energy and manufacturing. … Read entire article »

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Man acknowledges starting woman’s home on fire

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper man accused of setting a woman’s apartment on fire has pleaded guilty to first-degree arson. The Associated Press reports Adam Wayne Barelle entered his plea Monday in Natrona County District Court. According to court records, he set the apartment on fire March 29 because the woman had not paid him for drugs he gave her. The blaze was set at the entrance of the home and was put out with a fire extinguisher. Barelle was arrested July 5 for methamphetamine possession. Investigators say two days later he confessed to starting the fire at the apartment. … Read entire article »

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FEMA Encourages Communities to Participate in National Day of Action

DENVER — Tuesday, September 30, is America’s PrepareAthon! National Day of Action, a community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through action. FEMA’s Denver-based Regional Office joins the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming in encouraging the whole community to take action to prepare for emergencies. According to a recent survey conducted by FEMA, 50 percent of Americans have not discussed or developed an emergency plan for family members about where to go and what to do in the event of a local disaster. Additionally, nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill at their workplace, school or home in the past two years. To encourage more Americans to prepare and practice, the America’s PrepareAthon! campaign … Read entire article »

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Feds, hunting groups support state’s wolf request

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a group of pro-hunting groups are joining with the state of Wyoming in asking a federal judge to reverse last week’s order that reinstated federal protections for wolves in the state. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Washington, D.C., returned wolves in Wyoming to federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. Jackson ruled the Fish and Wildlife Service shouldn’t have accepted nonbinding promises from Wyoming two years ago that it would maintain a minimum population of 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation. State officials responded last week by taking steps to make the wolf population guarantees binding under state law. The state has asked Jackson to reconsider. … Read entire article »

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Canadian company proposes rare earths mine in WY

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Canadian company has proposed a rare earths mineral mine in northeastern Wyoming. Residents say they would welcome the jobs it would create, but are concerned about the impact the $450 million Bear Lodge Project would have on the environment. Vancouver, British Columbia-based Rare Element Resources is proposing a mine in the Black Hills National Forest. The Star-Tribune reports the project and a processing plant in Upton could create 130 jobs. Work could begin as early as 2016 if the project is approved by regulators and financed. The mine site, including a dump site for waste rock and a crushing facility, would cover just over 2.6 square miles. The mine would be a 400 foot pit. Rare earth metals are used in medical and computer technology and in magnets and … Read entire article »

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