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Submitted by Newsroom on March 23, 2011 – 2:17 pmNo Comment

Japan tsunami doesn’t stop state’s uranium expansion

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — The Wyoming Business Report says Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant caused by a recent tsunami does not change a Canadian company’s plans for expansion in Wyoming. The state’s foremost business news publication reports that Cameco Corporation executives say any short-term disruptions resulting from the damage of the nuclear plant in Northern Japan can be overcome.

With that said, the company plans to continue development of its Gas Hills Mine that straddles the Fremont-Natrona county lines and the North Butte Mine in Southwest Campbell County. The goal is to double the company’s production in the United States to 4 million pounds annually, by as early as 2014.

Cameco CEO Gerald Grandey said the uranium being sold today fuels existing reactors that continue to operate, safely generating base load electricity without emissions of greenhouse gases. The Business Report says Cameco is the largest producer of uranium ore in the United States.

The CEO went on to say the nuclear facilities are “the bedrock” of electricity supply in their markets, so will continue to operate, supplying low-cost electricity and requiring fuel.

His statements were made during a telephone conference call with company officials, investors and media shortly after the tsunami crippled the Japanese plant and created a wave of uncertainty in the worldwide nuclear power industry.

Earlier this month, Cameco spokesman Ken Vaughn told members of the Riverton Economic and Community Development Association that the domestic nuclear power market still needs uranium and his company is poised to provide what the market needs.

From information provided by the Wyoming Business Report

BISON FOR SALE

State sells bison from Hot Springs herd

THERMOPOLIS, Wyo. – In nearby Thermopolis, the state of Wyoming is selling 12 animals.     Up for sale are two heifer calves, five bull calves, two bull bison and three heifer bison.

Written bids will be accepted right up until 5 o’clock April 11 and buyers can start picking up animals by April 13. Those should be submitted to the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

State officials say the bison being sold have all been properly vaccinated. The bison herd at the popular state park in Thermopolis typically averages more than 20 animals.

By The Associated Press

MDA plans muscle walk

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CASPER, Wyo. – Folks from across the state fighting for a cure for muscular dystrophy are coming together this spring in Casper for the state’s first-ever Muscle Walk.

The fund-raising event will be held Saturday morning, April 2, at Eastridge Mall. Organizers hope to raise $8,000 to help support research to find treatments and cures for the 43 muscle diseases that fall under the umbrella of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Registration starts at 7:30 and the short victory walk will begin an hour later, at 8:30. The celebration of awards is set for 9. Individuals and teams are encouraged to raise at least $74 in donations because that’s the cost of one minute of research.

The state’s MDA fund-raising coordinator Sara Asbury says the walk will be a great opportunity to have fun with friends while supporting a worthwhile cause that helps others. She said several businesses in Casper have made the walk possible. Along with Eastridge Mall, they are Parkway Plaza, Trademark Employment Services, Best Buy and First Street Bakers.

More information about the walk and the MDA organization can be found online — at walk.mda.org.

From information provided by the MDA

Wyo. woman pleads not guilty to animal cruelty

CHEYENNE, Wyo.  – The owner of an animal rescue operation in Carpenter has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges. Marci Biesheuvel entered her plea Tuesday in Cheyenne and has asked a judge for a jury trial.

She’s charged with 51 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, one for each of the dogs and cats taken from her home earlier this month. This is the second legal go around for the woman who runs the Lit’l Bit of Love Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Charges were dropped in last year’s case because authorities didn’t get a veterinarian’s determination that the animals were victims of cruelty.

This time, a representative of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter said animals were being kept in what was described as “horrible conditions, surrounded by urine and feces.”

AP: Information from Wyoming Tribune Eagle – Cheyenne

 

WOLVES-SALAZAR

Interior Sec. Salazar optimistic on wolf talks

CHEYENNE, Wyo.  – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who’s in Cheyenne this week, says he’s optimistic the federal government can come to agreement with the state of Wyoming on how to lift federal protections for wolves in the state.

Last week, the Obama administration announced a settlement with environmental groups that could lift federal wolf protections for wolves in neighboring states, Idaho and Montana.

Speaking Tuesday from the state’s capitol, Salazar said he plans to continue talks with Wyoming’s Gov. Matt Mead over transferring wolf management responsibility to the state because wolves are now fully recovered in the Northern Rockies.

Past efforts to turn management of wolves in Wyoming over to the state, however, have been challenged in past efforts by environmental groups because state law calls for classifying the animal as predators that could be shot on sight in most areas.

With contributions from The Associated Press

SALAZAR-ENERGY

Salazar opens 750M tons of Wyo. coal to mining

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar also announced plans this week to auction off vast coal reserves in Wyoming over the next five months. The four coal leases are next to existing strip mines in the Powder River Basin, which is the largest coal-producing region in the United States. They total 758 million tons and will take between 10 and 20 years to mine.

Executive Director Marion Loomis of the Wyoming Mining Association applauded the news that the auctions would move ahead, saying the coal will ensure a secure source of fuel for power plants.

But Salazar’s announcement didn’t sit well with environmentalists. Spokesman Jeremy Nichols of the WildEarth Guardians organization called coal “dirty energy.”

But since about 40 percent of the nation’s coal comes from Wyoming, Gov. Matt Mead countered by saying the state needs energy and the jobs that come from the industry.

By The Associated Press

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