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Submitted by Newsroom on December 22, 2010 – 8:47 amNo Comment
 Latest Wyoming news 8:47 a.m mst
 
 LARAMIE-DUI’S
     Laramie passes tougher DUI penalties
    
     LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP)
– Leaders in Laramie have given final
approval to tougher penalties for drunken drivers.
     The Laramie Boomerang reports that city councilors passed the
law in a 8-1 vote Tuesday night.
     The new penalties include a mandatory sentence of 7 days in jail
for first-time offenders and 30 days for repeat offenders.
     The law, which takes effect New Year’s Day, also makes it a
crime for anyone to refuse to take a test to determine whether they
are drunk.
     The penalties are tougher than those laid out by state law and
believed to stricter than any other municipality in Wyoming.
     The parents of two of the eight University of Wyoming students
killed in a 2001 crash with a drunken driver were among those who
urged councilors to change the law.
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     Information from: Laramie Daily Boomerang – Laramie
     
 ELK REFUGE PLAN
     National Elk Refuge to begin work on 15-year plan
    
     JACKSON, Wyo. (AP)
– The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it
will be developing a new 15-year plan for the National Elk Refuge
in Jackson Hole.
 

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     The agency has scheduled a public scoping meeting on the
upcoming plan. The meeting will take place Jan. 11 in the Grand
Teton Room at Snow King resort.
     Refuge officials say the upcoming comprehensive conservation
plan will not address bison and elk management on the refuge. Those
species were covered in a separate bison and elk management plan
that was completed in 2007.
     The plan will look at all other aspects of refuge management
including migratory birds, threatened and endangered species,
visitor use and cultural resources.
    
 SHERIDAN FLUORIDE
     Sheridan council says ‘yes’ to fluoridation
    
     SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP)
– The city of Sheridan will resume
fluoridating its water after a hiatus of more than half a century.
     The Sheridan Press reports the City Council voted 4-2 Monday to
go ahead with fluoridation. The vote means fluoride will be added
to the water as necessary to bring the level up to 1 part per
million.
     That’s the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention to help prevent cavities in children.
     Some Sheridan residents oppose fluoridation, saying they worry
it could harm their health. Fluoridation is supported by the
Wyoming Department of Health, the American Dental Association and
others.
     Sheridan fluoridated its water for five years before a popular
vote in 1953 to quit adding fluoride to the water.
     —
     Information from: The Sheridan Press
     
     (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
 

 

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