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Submitted by rebecca on October 11, 2010 – 3:37 pmNo Comment

SCHOOL DRUG TESTING
     Sheridan school exploring drug testing
    
     SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) – A Sheridan High School official says
there’s support among parents and even some students for random
drug testing of students participating in interscholastic
activities.
     Activities director Don Julian tells The Sheridan Press that
he’s researching a proposal. If the board of trustees approves a
plan, the Sheridan district would become the fifth in Wyoming with
mandatory drug testing.
     Julian says an informal survey of parents at fall sports
meetings showed overwhelming for such a policy. He says student
athletes have said that having a policy in place would help them
not use drugs.
     Julian says the district would have to decide how much it wanted
to spend for the program. He says school districts generally
contract with an outside agency.
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     Information from: The Sheridan Press

     
 RAWLINS HOSPITAL
     Rawlins hospital gets new mammography machine
    
     RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) – Memorial Hospital of Carbon County is now
offering a digital mammography suite.
     The suite, with a relaxed motif and soft lighting, features a
new GE mammography machine that officials say is state of the art.
     Christine Bjork is a registered technologist in radiology and
mammography at the hospital in Rawlins.
     She tells the Rawlins Daily Times that the new machine uses 30
percent less radiation than average machines and is faster at
processing images.
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     Information from: Rawlins Daily Times
     
 ABANDONED MINES
     New BLM initiative targets abandoned mines
     
     CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – The Bureau of Land Management is stepping up
efforts to deal with safety problems at abandoned mine sites across
the West.
     BLM director Bob Abbey announced the plan late last week. He
said the agency is concerned about a growing number of accidents
and hazards due to old mining efforts on public lands.
     The Casper Star-Tribune reports that a BLM inventory has
identified 1,047 sites in Wyoming that may contain hazards.
     Under the new initiative, the BLM will notify the owners of such
sites 30 days before beginning mitigation or closure.
     BLM spokesman Kevin Flynn said owners of active mining claims on
federal land were notified of the initiative in September.
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     Information from: Casper Star-Tribune – Casper
     
     
 NONPROFITS-IRS
     900 Wyo. nonprofits face IRS revocation this week
    
     CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – About 900 Wyoming nonprofit organizations
will no longer legally exist if they don’t file paperwork with the
Internal Revenue Service by Friday.
     Regardless of their good works and effects on their communities,
the IRS will revoke their tax-exempt status unless they file for an
extension.
     The Casper Star-Tribune reports that in 2006, Congress passed a
law requiring all tax-exempt organizations, other than churches and
related groups, to file an annual return with the IRS.
     The 2006 law also required the IRS to automatically revoke the
tax-exempt status of any organization that failed to file for three
consecutive years.
     Most of the 900 Wyoming nonprofits in danger of losing tax
exempt status are obscure or created for one-time events.
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     Information from: Casper Star-Tribune – Casper
     
 CHRONIC WASTING
     Chronic wasting disease found near Gillette
    
     SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) – A mule deer harvested in northeast Wyoming
has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
     Wyoming Game and Fish officials reported Monday that the animal
was harvested from an area northeast of Gillette where the disease
had not previously been found.
     Chronic wasting is a neurological disease that’s deadly to deer,
elk and moose. Game and Fish has been asking hunters to submit
samples from their animals to find out whether those animals have
the disease.
     The disease last year turned up in a mule deer buck southeast of
Ten Sleep and in a bull elk southwest of Buffalo.
     Wildlife officials in neighboring Montana have been tracking the
disease’s progression in Wyoming, but no cases have yet been
reported among wild animals in Montana.
    
 WYOMING-CARTA-SAMUELS
     Carta-Samuels ready for Utah
    
     LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming coach Dave Christensen says
quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels is cleared to play Saturday
against No. 11 Utah in Laramie.
     Carta-Samuels missed last weekend’s game at TCU because of an
undisclosed injury. Wyoming lost 45-0.
     The sophomore said Monday said it was tough sitting out the
game. He vowed that people will see a new level of enthusiasm from
him and that the offense will be ready to play.
     UW ranks last out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in
total offense at 240.7 yards per game and rushing yards per game
with 69.2. The Cowboys are tied for 118th in scoring at 12.5 points
per game.
    
 FUEL TAX
     Interim committee backs Wyoming fuel tax hike
    
     CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – A panel of state lawmakers wants to increase
Wyoming’s motor fuel tax.
     The Joint Interim Committee on Transportation, Highways and
Military Affairs voted 11-3 Monday in favor of a bill to raise the
tax by 10 cents over three years.
     The committee will review the bill again before introducing it
in the Legislature in January.
     If it is enacted, the Casper Star-Tribune reports the tax would
ultimately bring in $73 million a year with about $50 million of
that going to the Wyoming Department of Transportation. The rest
would be shared by cities and counties.
     Republican Sen. Bill Landen of Casper says the state needs a
consistent funding source to take care of roads.
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     Information from: Casper Star-Tribune – Casper,
http://www.trib.com
    
     (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
    
 AP-NY-10-13-10 0431EDT

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