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Submitted by Newsroom on November 16, 2010 – 9:35 amNo Comment

Latest Wyoming news: 6:51 a.m. mst
      
 CHEYENNE EVACUATION
     Chemical discovery forces evacuation in Cheyenne
    
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)
– The discovery of a possibly explosive
chemical at the state crime laboratory has forced the evacuation of
several buildings in downtown Cheyenne.
     Sgt. Rob Dafoe of the Cheyenne Police Department says that
hazardous materials teams have responded to the scene, at the state
Division of Criminal Investigations building on West 22nd Street.
     The DCI is moving to a new building. Dafoe says that the
discovery of the chemical during the move prompted authorities to
evacuate the nearby Cheyenne Public Library and other area
buildings on Monday afternoon.
     Attorney General Bruce Salzburg oversees the DCI. He says
officials at the State Office of Homeland Security told him the
chemical is picric acid which had been in storage so long it had
crystalized.
    
 GOVERNOR RECORDING
     Gov. Freudenthal apologizes comment about Mead
    
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)
– Gov. Dave Freudenthal has apologized for
using profanity in remarks he made about his preparations for
governor-elect Matt Mead.
     Freudenthal’s office on Sunday inadvertently released unedited
recordings of the governor talking about his proposed state budget.
     In the recordings, Freudenthal says his administration is
covering Mead’s “a–” and says he doesn’t believe Mead
understands that.
     The governor on Sunday apologized for his language.
     Mead says he doesn’t want to make a big deal out of the issue.
    
 HORSE-TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
     Horse dies after running into traffic in Cheyenne
    
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)
– Police in Cheyenne say a horse died after
being hit by a vehicle over the weekend.
     Police say two men were riding the horse on the side of a street
on the eastern side of Cheyenne on Saturday night when the horse
got spooked and ran into traffic.
     The driver of a Dodge Durango tried to avoid hitting the horse
but struck the animal. A veterinarian was called but the horse died
before the doctor arrived.
     The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that the two men riding the
horse were cited for public intoxication.
     —
     Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle – Cheyenne

     
 FARM BUREAU
     Livingston re-elected Farm Bureau president
    
     CODY, Wyo. (AP)
– Perry Livingston of Sundance has been elected
to a sixth term as president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation.
     Livingston won re-election during the organization’s 91st annual
meeting in Cody last weekend.
     Livingston and his family run a cow/calf operation in Crook and
Weston Counties.
     The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation says it is the state’s
largest general agriculture organization. The primary goals of the
organization are to protect private property rights and help
members achieve an equitable return on their investment.
    
 BIGHORN SHEEP
     Transplanted bighorns doing well in Wyoming
    
     GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP)
– Bighorn sheep transplanted last year
from Oregon to the Seminoe Mountains in south-central Wyoming are
doing well.
     Wildlife officials say at least a dozen lambs were documented
this spring from last winter’s transplant.
     Game and Fish biologist Greg Hiatt tells the Casper Star-Tribune
that agency personnel have been flying over the Seminoe range every
month to monitor the movements and locations of the sheep.
     The Seminoe sheep are going to be supplemented with another 20
sheep from Oregon next month.
     The proposed capture and transplant operation is part of a
larger project that aims to supplement the dwindling herd with
about 60 sheep overall.
     The December infusion of another 20 bighorns would be the third
supplemental population boost for the beleaguered Seminoe Ferris
herd in a year.
     —
     Information from: Casper Star-Tribune – Casper

     
 BARK BEETLE-SUMMIT
     Colo. forum focuses on bark beetle outbreak
    
     DILLON, Colo. (AP) -
U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell says
forests have had bark beetle epidemics before but never one this
large and not one that has spread so fast.
   

mountain pine beetle

  He spoke Monday at a summit on the beetles being hosted by
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.
     Tidwell said a strong wood products industry is needed to
support conservation work in the fight against the bugs that burrow
under the bark of trees.
     Beetles have killed more than 3 million acres of trees in
Colorado and southeastern Wyoming.
     Last year, the Forest Service approved $40 million for the
outbreak in Colorado, Wyoming and the Black Hills in western South
Dakota. About $30 million is going to projects in three national
forests in Colorado hit hard by beetles.
    
 GOP LEADERS
     Anderson, Buchanan new Senate and House leaders
    
     CASPER, Wyo. (AP)
– Republican legislators have chosen their
leadership in the state Senate and House.
     During caucuses on Saturday in Casper, Sen. Jim Anderson of
Glenrock was elected the new Senate president.
     Sen. Tony Ross of Cheyenne is the majority floor leader, and
Sen. Phil Nicholas of Laramie is Senate vice president.
     In the House, Rep. Ed Buchanan of Torrington is the new House
Speaker.
     The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Rep. Tom Lubnau of Gillette
is the majority floor leader, and Rep. Matt Teeters of Lingle is
the majority whip.
     The Republicans will enjoy the largest majority in the Capitol
since 1921. In the House, Republicans dominate Democrats by 50-10;
and in the Senate by 26-4.
     —
     Information from: Casper Star-Tribune – Casper

     
 HERRON INJURY
     Herron back in Laramie after hospital stay
    
     LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP)
– Wyoming freshman running back Robert Herron
is back in Laramie after spending Saturday night in a Las Vegas
hospital.
     Herron was taken off the field on a stretcher near the end of
the Wyoming-UNLV football game after suffering a concussion.
     He was taken to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas and kept over
night for observation and tests.
     He did not suffer any other injuries.
     He returned to Laramie on Sunday with team doctor Kent
Kleppinger and UW head athletics trainer Bob Waller.
    
 CONSERVATION LANDS
     Salazar orders conservation of public land in West
    
     WASHINGTON (AP)
-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is ordering
federal land managers to consider conservation as the primary focus
of some 27 million acres of public lands in the West.
     Environmental groups had been seeking the secretarial order to
further protect the conservation lands, which include Nevada’s Red
Rock Canyon and other sites. The order was signed Monday.
     Salazar’s order clarifies that the Bureau of Land Management
should treat conservation as a top priority in managing the
27-million acre National Landscape Conservation System. The bureau
also promote grazing, energy development and tourism.
     The Clinton administration created the system in 2000 to protect
and restore nationally significant landscapes, mostly in the West.
Congress formally approved the landscape system last year.
     
     
     (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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