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Submitted by Newsroom on May 18, 2011 – 8:00 amNo Comment
Latest Wyoming news, business and entertainment:

     WYOMING FLOODING
     Spring storm raises flooding threat in Wyoming
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)
– Flooding is possible in eastern Wyoming
because of a slow-moving Pacific storm heading across the state.
The powerful late spring storm is expected to bring significant
rainfall to lower elevations from Wednesday afternoon through
Friday.
     The storm is also expected to bring heavy snow from the Absaroka
and Bighorn Mountains south to the Wind River range. The National
Weather Service says heavy snow in the Lander foothills is also
possible Thursday into Friday.
    
     FIREARMS RANGE
     NRA gives Sweetwater County money for targets
     ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP)
– The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office
plans to use a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation
to buy steel targets for a public shooting range south of Rock
Springs.
     Sheriff Rich Haskell says the grant of nearly $11,000 will go to
purchase targets that will react to being shot. He says they’re
designed for use with handguns and rim-fire firearms and will be
useful in self-defense training.
     The targets will be used for law enforcement training and for an
advanced civilian firearms training course that the Sheriff’s
Office has established. They will also be available for use by the
general public.
     Officials say they hope to have the new targets available for
public use some time in June.
    
     SCOTTSBLUFF SHOOTING
     Extradition hearing set for Scottsbluff suspect
     SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP)
– A Wyoming extradition hearing has been
scheduled for a Nebraska man suspected of killing another man in
Scottsbluff.
     Daniel Morgan of Scottsbluff faces Nebraska charges of
first-degree murder and use of a weapon in the shooting death of
Dominic Marquez, who died last Friday. Morgan was arrested in
Torrington a few hours after the shooting.
     The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. MDT on Friday in
Torrington.
     An arrest affidavit filed Monday in Scotts Bluff County Court
says Marquez and Morgan’s girlfriend have a child. The affidavit
says the two men had been disputing custody issues about the child.
     Online court records don’t list the name of Morgan’s attorney.
    
     SEEDSKADEE REFUGE
     Refuge expansion talks draws concern in Sweetwater
     GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP)
– The Sweetwater County commissioners
have voiced their concerns about talk of expanding the Seedskadee
National Wildlife Refuge by more than 100,000 acres near Fontenelle
Dam.
     The commissioners this month sent a letter to the Bureau of Land
Management, saying they feared losing multiple use management of
the land for activities like fishing and hunting.
     The 100,000 acres is now administered by the BLM. The wildlife
refuge is run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
     Region 6 Refuge Superintendent Dean Rundle said that there have been discussions but no formal request
by the Fish and Wildlife Service to transfer the land.
     Rundle says any such proposal would have to undergo extensive
public review.
    
     AIR MONITORING STATION
     New air station south of Rock Springs in operation
     ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP)
– State regulators have begun operating
an air quality monitoring station in a gas field south of Rock
Springs.
     The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality says the
monitoring station in the Hiawatha Gas Field is solar and wind
powered.
     The station will check for ozone gas, which has been a recurring
problem during the winter in the Upper Green River Basin north of
Rock Springs. The station also will monitor temperature, wind
speed, wind direction, precipitation, relative humidity and
sunlight.
     The station cost $190,000 and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency covered about three-quarters of that cost.
    
 
    
     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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