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First News Live Monday May 24

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First News Live Monday May 24– Lummis gets GOP primary challenge …..Governor holds wind talk in Wheatland ….. Baggs, Kaycee monitor rivers for flooding ….. Wyo. public school enrollment up despite economy ….. Game Department moves grizzly bears …..           

LUMMIS-PRIMARY

     Lummis gets GOP primary challenge    

     CASPER, Wyo.  – It looks like another candidate has stepped forward to challenge Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis. His name is Evan Slafter. He’s a 28-year-old artist and musician from Casper who’s never before run for office. Like Lummis, he is a Republican. He says he filed to challenge Lummis out of civic duty. The candidate says he would push for more honesty in Washington.

But when the Casper Star-Tribune asked Slafter for more details about what he’d do in office, the candidate said, “I don’t really have a position.”

Slafter filed papers of candidacy Friday. The Republican nominee will face Democrat David Wendt of Jackson.

     Information from: Casper Star-Tribune – Casper    

 FREUDENTHAL-WIND

     Governor holds wind talk in Wheatland    

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Another community meeting has been scheduled this week on wind energy development and power transmission lines. Wyoming’s Gov. Dave Freudenthal is hosting what he calls a “community conversation” at 6 Monday night in Wheatland at the high school. He held a similar meeting in Douglas last month.

The governor says he wants to hear what people have to say about wind development in the state and take questions on the issue. He says people need to know where state government stands on issues such as siting of power lines, sage grouse and property rights. The governor has scheduled a third talk on wind and transmission issues for June 17 in Kemmerer.

 FLOOD WATCH

     Baggs, Kaycee monitor rivers for flooding    

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – As more rain falls this morning throughout the state, officials are keeping a close watch on rivers that are overflowing their banks in two towns in particular – Baggs and Kaycee.

Baggs is on the Little Snake River in Carbon County and the Middle Fork of the Powder River runs through Kaycee in Johnson County.

By Friday, the police chief in Baggs said the water had reached some dikes that were built in town to control flooding two years ago; and an emergency management coordinator in Kaycee said the river was over it s banks in some places.

Both areas had, as of Friday, escaped damaged, but law enforcement plans to continue monitoring water levels. Flood warnings have been issued for both towns by the National Weather Service as a result of recent rain and melting snow in upstream areas.

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT

     Wyo. public school enrollment up despite economy    

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Also rising is the school enrollment throughout the state.  Public schools from kindergarten through 12th grades have increased for the fourth consecutive year this school year. State Education Department figures show enrollment increased from about 86,500 students in October 2008 to about 87,400 in October 2009.

Department Finance Director Fred Hansen says he was surprised by the over-the-year increase during the recession. But he says local school district officials say people who moved to the state because of the energy boom of the late 2000s decided to stay because Wyoming wasn’t as bad off as the states they came from.

The four-year growth marks a turnaround. About five years ago, Wyoming school officials were looking at declining numbers and talking about consolidating and closing schools around the state.

GRIZZLY RELOCATION

     Game Department moves grizzly bear    

     JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – In the northwestern part of the state, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has trapped and relocated two grizzly bears.

On Tuesday, the department trapped a male grizzly that had killed a calf on a ranch near Cody. The young bear was released at the Sheffield Creek drainage on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, which is about 22 miles northwest of Moran. Then on Wednesday, the game department also trapped a young female grizzly that was feeding on dead livestock at the Park County landfill, near Clark. The department released the female bear in the Falls River drainage. That’s about 17 miles west of the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

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