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Video aimed at helping hunters of black bears

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials are encouraging hunters this fall to watch an online video aimed at helping them distinguish between male and female black bears. Robin Kepple with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it’s often difficult to tell the gender of a black bear, and when the female quota is reached in a bear hunt area, the season closes for that area. Tracks, differences in body size and shape, group size and certain behavioral characteristics provide evidence of sex. A large male bear can weigh between 200 pounds and 250 pounds, but they can grow to more than 300 pounds. Adult females are typically 130 pounds to 150 pounds. Hunters are being asked to visit http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/hunting-1001184.aspx to watch the video. … Read entire article »

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Felon voting rights bill advances in committee

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A bill that would ease the process for nonviolent felons to regain their voting rights has received approval from a legislative committee. The Joint Judiciary Committee on Friday unanimously approved a bill at its meeting in Laramie that ultimately would make it automatic for nonviolent felons to get their voting rights restored. The full Legislature will consider the bill when it convenes early next year. Under the current law, people who have been convicted of a single non-violent felony must wait for five years before applying to the state parole board for restoration of their voting rights. Supporters said the proposed change would drop the five-year waiting period and streamline the process.       … Read entire article »

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Memory of the 8 Run/Walk Set for Sept. 16 in Gillette

LARAMIE, Wyo. (Sept. 10, 2014) – The fourth annual “Memory of the 8 Run/Walk” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Gillette, Wyo. The event honors the memory of University of Wyoming cross country runners Morgan McLeland, Cody Brown, Kyle Johnson, Josh Jones, Justin Lambert-Belanger, Kevin Salverson, Nick Schabron and Shane Shatto, who died in a car crash on Sept. 16, 2001.   The 5-kilometer walk starts at 5 p.m. MT, while the 8-mile race on a figure-eight loop commences at 5:30 p.m. from M&K Oil at 901 South 4-J Road. Registration on race day starts at 4:30 p.m.   There is no registration fee, but donations will be accepted. Donations will go to help cover costs of the event, as well as to fund runners’ scholarships for college-bound athletes. Shirts and hats … Read entire article »

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Up to 20 inches of snow falls in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A late summer snowstorm dropped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Wyoming. The rare September snow on Wednesday and Thursday caused damage to trees and power outages in some areas of northern Wyoming. While the heaviest snow fell in the Bighorn Mountains, the town of Buffalo received as much as 10 inches. The 3 to 5 inches that fell in Cody is the earliest recorded snowfall there since records were kept in 1915. The previous recorded earliest snowfall in Cody was Sept. 12, 1970. Other snowfall totals included 4 inches at Casper Mountain and 3 to 5 inches at Meeteetsee. Some roads and highways had slick spots Friday morning, but otherwise travel around the state was not hampered. … Read entire article »

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Wyo. panel endorses firing squad for capital cases

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming legislative committee is endorsing changing state law to allow firing squads to execute condemned inmates if the state can’t find the drugs to carry out lethal injections. Meeting in Laramie on Friday, the interim Joint Judiciary Committee also considered and rejected a bill that would have called on the full state Legislature to repeal the death penalty altogether. Wyoming has only one inmate on death row. Dale Wayne Eaton is pressing a federal appeal of the death sentence he received 10 years ago for the murder of a Montana woman. Other states have found it increasingly difficult to get drugs to perform lethal injections. Several recent executions in other states have gone poorly as corrections departments have turned to untried compounds. … Read entire article »

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Beet harvest underway in Wyoming

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Farmers have begun harvesting sugar beets in Wyoming. Mark Bjornestad, of Western Sugar, says the company’s beet factory in Lovell opened Monday and beets are being sliced. He says the harvest will continue through the end of October. The Lovell factory will run 24 hours a day until all the beets are processed, generally in mid-February. Bjornestad said that samples indicate the harvest will be around 29 tons per crop per acre with a little more than 16 percent sugar. He says that’s a little low compared to average. … Read entire article »

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Community sounds off at VA meeting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Veterans and others expressed a mix of frustration, anger and support for the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center during a public forum attended by about two dozen people. The forum Thursday night was hosted by the VA in response to revelations that officials at VA facilities across the country, including the one in Cheyenne, were falsifying patient scheduling records. Several veterans said that this issue is systemic of larger problems in how the federal agency has treated veterans. Others, however, defended the Cheyenne VA Medical Center and noted that it remains better than larger facilities. Cheyenne VA Medical Center Director Cynthia McCormack said the forum is part of the agency’s efforts to improve transparency and communication with the veterans. … Read entire article »

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UW researchers studying effects of ‘rumble strips’

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming study is looking at the state’s use of “rumble strips” and how travelers, including bicyclists, are affected. The study by professor Khaled Ksaibati and assistant professor Mohamed Ahmed is aimed at enhancing vehicle safety while also accommodating other highway users, such as bicyclists and motorcyclists. Rumble strips are a series of grooves in the pavement at the edge of the roadway or along the center line. When a vehicle drives over them, they make a rumbling sound to alert the driver that they are leaving the lane. Ahmed is trying to determine if another design can benefit drivers but at the same time not affect bicyclists. The researchers plan to finish their project by next year and share their findings with transportation officials. … Read entire article »

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Body of missing Illinois woman found in Wyoming

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Wyoming have found the body of an Illinois woman who had not been heard from since Sept. 3. Searchers found the body of 28-year-old Teresa Withers about 17 miles south of Wamsutter on Wednesday. Sweetwater County Coroner Dale Majhamnovich said there were no signs of foul play and that Withers may have died of exposure and hypothermia. Withers had been travelling with Mitchell Wiley of Galesburg, Illinois. Officials said their car had a flat tire and that Wiley had left on foot to look for help. Wiley was found wandering alone by oilfield workers on Sunday south of nearby Red Desert. He was disoriented and hospitalized in Rawlins. … Read entire article »

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Committee moves bill to restrict police drone use

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Police in Wyoming would have to get warrants to use drones to gather evidence in criminal cases under a bill endorsed by a legislative committee. The Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to send a bill to place restrictions on police use of drones to the full Legislature when it meets early next year. The committee defeated a proposed amendment to prohibit weapons on drones. Representatives from the Wyoming ACLU and the Wyoming Liberty Group spoke in favor of the bill, saying police use of drones is becoming more common. Tony Rose of the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police said many local governments in the state are facing tight budgets. He said he doubts local governments would have money to buy their own drones. … Read entire article »

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