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Submitted by Newsroom on May 24, 2011 – 7:09 amNo Comment

Today’s Headlines — Federal official says Wyoming snowpack growing — 1,200 pheasants destroyed at Torrington bird farm — State’s new driver’s licenseing rules affective June 1 — Some forest campgrounds still closed ….. CLICK HERE


Federal official says Wyoming snowpack growing

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming’s snowpack has continued to rise over the past week, adding even more to the threat of flooding that could start when temperatures rise in the mountains.

Lee Hackleman is water supply specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Casper. He says average snowpack statewide now stands at 227 percent of average. That’s more than 100 percent more than this time last year when the snowpack was 115 percent of average statewide.

Hackleman says as soon as the skies clear and temperatures rise for a few days, the coming runoff is going to be what he called, “a whopper.”

The Wind River flooded in the spring of 2010. Photo courtesy of WyDOT

Gov. Matt Mead and other state officials have said in recent weeks that communities around the state need to be prepared for possible flooding because of the heavy mountain snows. Communities, including that of Fremont County, are doing exactly that.

From information provided by The Associated Press


1,200 pheasants destroyed at Torrington bird farm

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CHEYENNE, Wyo.  – Spokeswoman Lucy Wold of Wyoming Game and Fish said her department has destroyed about 1,200 pheasants at its bird farm near Torrington after discovering a disease in the birds that can be passed on to humans.

She said the state’s veterinary laboratory confirmed an agent in some birds that can cause psittacosis. This was after workers found birds with cecal worms, which are not uncommon. None of the workers at the bird farm has yet exhibited signs of the illness. In humans, the disease causes flulike symptoms like fever.

Less than 50 cases of the disease are reported across the United States each year, according to the Game and Fish department, and there have been no human cases reported in Wyoming for the past 11 years.

The outbreak was at the Downar Bird Farm, which is one of two run by the state’s Game and Fish department. Game and Fish officials still aren’t sure how the disease will affect the chicks, so are alerting pheasants hunters that numbers might be down in the fall.

New Wyo. driver’s license ID rules begin June 1

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CHEYENNE, Wyo.  – Come June 1, people getting or renewing their driver’s licenses in Wyoming will need to follow new identification requirements.

The Wyoming Legislature has adopted new federal requirements into state law. That means anybody renewing or applying for a driver’s license will need to have an acceptable form of ID like a birth certificate, U.S. passport, report of birth abroad or a certificate of citizenship or naturalization.

Applicants are also now required to verify their Social Security number and provide at least two documents to verify legal residence in Wyoming.

Now, if you’re one of those people who’s misplaced or lost your Wyoming birth certificate, there’s no need to panic. The state transportation department says you can get a certified copy from the Wyoming Department of Health. The cost is $13.

From information provided by The Associated Press

Bighorn National Forest warns campgrounds closed

SHERIDAN, Wyo. – If you’re planning a camping outing for the Memorial Day weekend, you may want to check ahead to see if your favorite campground is open. We’ve already learned that many of the campgrounds on the Bighorn National Forest are still closed.

Forest Service officials there say the only campgrounds expected to be open next weekend are those at Leigh and Tensleep creeks. Dispersed camping and other recreation will also be limited on the forest because roads remain muddy and snow-packed.

The Forest Service says visitors should watch for high water levels and downed trees.

From information provided by The Associated Press

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