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Late Sen. Wallop to lie in state at Wyo. Capitol

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The late U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop is being honored at the Wyoming Capitol.

The body of the senator — a leading conservative voice during the Reagan era — will be brought to the Capitol Tuesday at 2 p.m. He’ll lie in state through 11 a.m. Wednesday. Gov. Matt Mead will be among those participating in the arrival ceremony.

Wallop died Wednesday at the age of 78 at his ranch near Big Horn in northern Wyoming.

Funeral services are set for Thursday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Sheridan. Burial will be at the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.

Wallop served in the Senate from 1977 to 1995.


Gillette mayor testifies before Congress on energy

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Gillette’s mayor is back home after a visit to Washington to push for more energy development.

Mayor Tom Murphy was invited to speak at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday about how mining could create more jobs. Murphy said he told the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources that the country needs all the coal, uranium, oil and gas that it can get and that developing it now will help the economy.

Murphy says he complained that the permitting process at the Bureau of Land Management’s Buffalo field office had failed to allow drilling on federal lands there. He said that owners of adjacent private property were allowing drilling and, in his opinion, gas was probably being taken from underneath federal lands without royalties being paid.


Japan nuclear disaster could hinder Wyo. projects

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An industry analyst says lower uranium prices and re-energized anti-nuclear advocates could spell trouble for uranium producers looking to ramp up mining in Wyoming.

Tom Pool is chairman of Colorado-based International Nuclear Inc. He spoke at the U2011 Uranium Symposium and Trade Show in Casper on Monday.

Pool says anti-nuclear groups have used the earthquake and tsunami that damaged the nuclear plant in Japan to renew their attacks on the industry.

He says as a result there could be a slowdown in the global growth of the nuclear power industry. That could mean lower demand for yellowcake mined in Wyoming.

Pool says the future growth of the uranium industry could be set back four or five years.


Laramie considers leash-free areas for dogs

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — City councilors in Laramie are considering some changes to ordinances dealing with dogs.

One proposal up for a vote Tuesday would set up designated areas or times when dogs could run unleashed in city parks. Another would allow dog owners to keep their dog off leash on their property even if it’s not fenced in.

The changes were suggested by a group of council members, residents and animal shelter staffers who have been reviewing the city’s animal ordnances.


Yellowstone works to restore native trout

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Biologists at Yellowstone National Park plan to kill rainbow trout at three lakes in the park this week so they can restock the waters next year with native fish.

The work will include Goose Lake, in the lower Geyser Basin, and two other lakes nearby. The project will not affect the nearby Firehole River.

Rainbow trout were stocked in Goose Lake and the other two lakes decades ago. They can breed with native cutthroat trout and produce hybrids which also are a nonnative species.

The park will put up warning signs at the lakes and visitors will be advised not to swim in or drink from them through mid-October. The park will reintroduce genetically pure Westslope cutthroat trout to the lakes next year.


Far West Ski Association visiting Jackson

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The Far West Ski Association will bring a group of more than 650 skiers and riders to Jackson Hole this winter.

The association covers 13 states around the West, from South Dakota to Alaska, and includes about 185 ski clubs.

The group’s combined membership is more than 51,000. Skiers will descend on the Jackson area slopes from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4.

The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort says it and other local businesses spent years trying to lure the group to Jackson and finally succeeded this year.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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