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Submitted by Newsroom on October 19, 2011 – 11:09 amNo Comment

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DUDE RANCH

Brothers sue to remain on Grand Teton dude ranch

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Members of a family that has lived on a ranch in Grand Teton National Park for five generations is suing to make sure they can stay.

For the first time since Triangle X Dude Ranch became part of the park, the National Park Service is holding a competitive bidding process to determine who should run it.

The three brothers — Harold, John and Donald Turner — filed a lawsuit in federal court in Cheyenne Monday asserting their right to spend the rest of their lives there. It cites the 1950 law that created the park which states that people who worked and lived on park property when it was created and their heirs can live out their lives there.

Park officials declined to comment.

POND STOCKING

Game Dept. plans to restock pond near Cody

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department plans to poison the fish in Diamond Creek Dike Pond near Cody so it can restock the pond with trout.

The game department says that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will draw down the pond on Nov. 2, after the irrigation season is over. The game department will then treat the pond with a chemical to kill the existing fish there.

The department says the pond mainly holds suckers that are reducing trout survival and growth. The pond will be stocked with catchable-size Yellowstone cutthroat trout next spring.

POLICE DOG-CANCER

Rock Springs police dog stricken by cancer retires

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A Rock Springs police dog suffering from cancer is retiring but will get to live out his life with his handler.

City councilors voted Tuesday to allow officer Anthony Hall to buy his canine partner, Athos, so he can live with the Hall family.

The 10-year-old dog developed a limp in his right foreleg which turned out to be caused by cancer. His veterinarian says the German Shepard has about a year left to live.

Hall said Athos worked on the two largest drug busts in the department’s history and his retirement will leave a big hole in the agency.

SWEETWATER-RODEO

Mountain States Rodeo being held in Rock Springs

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — The Mountain States Rodeo Circuit Finals begins Thursday in Rock Springs.

The rodeo runs through Saturday night and will be held indoors at the Sweetwater Count Events Complex.

The rodeo features the top 96 cowboys and cowgirls from Wyoming and Colorado competing in bareback, tie-down roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding.

About $81,000 in prize money will be at stake.

The Mountain States Rodeo Circuit Finals rodeo is one of 12 in the United States intended for competitors who compete on a regional level rather than on a national level.

UCAR PRESIDENT

Atmospheric science center gets new leader

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The organization that manages an atmospheric research center in Colorado and a new supercomputer in Wyoming has chosen a new leader.

Thomas J. Bogdan will become president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research or UCAR in January.

His selection was announced Tuesday. He succeeds Richard Anthes, who is retiring after 23 years as president.

Bogdan is currently director of the Space Weather Prediction Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. The center studies severe weather, climate change, geomagnetic storms and other environmental factors.

The atmospheric research center is building a supercomputing center in Cheyenne, Wyo. A $70 million building is nearly complete. The computer is expected to cost $25 million to $35 million.

PRESCRIBED BURN

Forest Service plans prescribed burn

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service plans to light a prescribed burn on Wednesday about five miles northeast of Centennial, in southeastern Wyoming.

The burn unit on the South Fork of Mill Creek is about 115 acres. The Forest Service predicts conditions will be favorable for the burn. The agency says it will improve rangeland conditions for wintertime big game habitat.

Smoke will be visible to residents of Centennial and Laramie.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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