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Submitted by Newsroom on February 22, 2011 – 6:57 amNo Comment

Hot Springs County wants information about a Northern Arapaho land deal ….. Gillette’s economy ranks second strongest in nation ….. Hoof disease may be killing elk on the refuge near Jackson …..

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     HOT SPRINGS CASINO

     Hot Springs Co. seeks information about land deal  

     RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) – Commissioners in Hot Springs County are concerned that land near Thermopolis may be used to build a casino so are seeking information from the Northern Arapaho Tribe. 

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Thus far, however, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has denied the commissioners access to records about a proposal for the U.S. government to acquire 243 acres to be held in trust for the tribe.

Hot Springs County officials have now hired a law firm because the commission was denied a request to review the tribe’s application and other information about the deal. The commissioners have also sent two Freedom of Information Act requests to Bureau of Indian Affairs offices in both Fort Washakie and Billings, Mont.

     GILLETTE ECONOMY

     Gillette economy ranks 2nd strongest in nation   

     GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) – An economic research firm says Gillette had the nation’s second-strongest economy in 2010 out of 576 small cities studied.

     Rock Springs was fifth and Jackson 10th in the rankings by Florida-based economics research firm Policom.

     The firm specializes in analyzing local and state economies. The company ranks metropolitan and micro-politan areas each year based on several economic factors. A micro-politan area must have an urbanized area with a population of 10,000 to 50,000 residents.

     The research firm takes into account multiple factors when creating the rankings, including jobs, per capita personal income, how the local economy is behaving and trends of population growth.

     ELK REFUGE-FOOT ROT

     Hoof disease found in elk refuge animals

     JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – North of Jackson, wildlife officials there say some of the elk on the National Elk Refuge are showing signs of a disease called foot rot.

     Biologist Eric Cole says symptoms were found in many of about two dozen elk that were killed as part of research on the health of animals on the refuge.

     He says it’s harder to assess what kills elk if they die naturally because scavengers begin to eat them quickly.

     Another 57 elk deaths have been documented on the range this season. The biologist says it’s unclear how those elk died.

     Foot rot can make elk lame. It can occur when bacteria from feces in the snow enters cuts on their hooves caused by walking on packed snow.

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