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Submitted by Newsroom on December 6, 2011 – 7:29 amNo Comment

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ROADLESS FORESTS

US appeals court asked to rehear roadless case

DENVER (AP) — The state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association want a federal court in Denver to reconsider a rule prohibiting roads on nearly 50 million acres of land in national forests across the United States.

In a motion filed Monday, the plaintiffs say the U.S. Forest Service’s roadless rule was a “sham process” designed to circumvent Congress.

Last month, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule. Lawyers for the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association contended it was a violation of the law. Monday’s notice to the court asks for a rehearing.

The roadless rule was put in place by the Clinton administration in 2001, just before George W. Bush took office.

WYOMING BUDGET

Gov. Mead presents his budget to lawmakers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead is urging lawmakers not to cut his proposed $3.4 billion state budget for the fiscal period that starts next July and runs through June 2014.

Gov. Matt Mead

Mead told members of the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee on Monday that Wyoming should invest in infrastructure, including highway construction and local government funding.

Some lawmakers have suggested budget cuts of up to 8 percent for state departments from the $3.2 billion state budget for the current two-year funding cycle. They say the state needs to cut spending and increase savings in the face of flat revenue projections.

Mead’s budget proposal would put more than $400 million into accessible savings.

The committee will hold hearings on Mead’s recommendations this week. The full Legislature will consider the committee’s budget proposal starting in February.

POLICE SHOOTING

Cody officer justified in using deadly force

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The Park County Attorney’s Office says a Cody police officer was justified in shooting and killing a man who fired a rifle during a domestic disturbance.

County Attorney Bryan Skoric determined 34-year-old Jared Christen fired 13 shots during the Oct. 11 disturbance.

Christen’s wife called police to report her husband was throwing furniture, punching holes in the wall and pushing her. When officers arrived at the couple’s home, he retreated to the basement with two of his young sons and refused to let them leave.

Police say Christen was shot when he left the basement and fired at officers.

Skoric wrote in his report, which was released Monday, the officer was justified in using deadly force because he was “in imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm.”

WYOMING-BOWL

Wyoming frosh QB watched bowls in TV last year

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A year ago, Wyoming freshman quarterback Brett Smith was finishing up high school and watching college bowl games on television at home in Salem, Ore.

In less than two weeks, people around the country will be watching Smith lead the Cowboys on national TV in the first bowl game this season when Wyoming (8-4) meets Temple (8-4) in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17.

Wyoming coach Dave Christensen officially accepted the bowl invitation Monday in Laramie.

It is the second bowl for Wyoming under the third year coach.

Christensen notes there are advantages to playing in the first bowl. It will be televised nationally on ESPN and it should attract a lot of college football junkies who will have gone two weeks without any major college games.

HENDRICKS-MW PLAYER

UW LB named Mountain West defensive player of week

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming senior linebacker Brian Hendricks has been named the Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week.

Hendricks led Wyoming with nine tackles, including a tackle for a loss, as the UW captured a 22-19 road win at Colorado State.

It is Hendricks first conference player of the week honor this season and the second of his career.

Hendricks will enter the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl with 296 career tackles to rank 12th in school history. He needs seven tackles to tie Brian Brown (303 career tackles from 1996-98) for 11th place in school history, and needs 15 to tie Bruce Mowry (311 tackles from 1981-84) for 10th place.

BISON RELOCATION

APNewsBreak: MT gov, bison can go to reservations

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s governor says he will not block the relocation of 68 bison to two American Indian reservations.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer last week declared that no Yellowstone National Park bison could be moved within Montana. He cited mixed messages from the federal government on whether some quarantined bison could harbor the disease brucellosis.

But Schweitzer said Monday the relocations can move forward because an Interior Department researcher said he believes the animals do not have the disease.

Tribal leaders had criticized the Democratic governor’s earlier stance.

Schweitzer says he will continue to block shipments of any bison other than the quarantined animals. He wants Yellowstone to consider hunting inside the park to keep the animal’s population in check.

Biologists say more than 1,000 bison could migrate from the park this winter.

WIND FARM-HISTORIC SITES

Groups discuss wind farm impact on historic sites

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — Federal and state officials held a closed meeting recently with private landowners about the Chokecherry Sierra Madre wind farm project south of Rawlins.

Bureau of Land Management archaeologist Pat Walker says the meeting last week in Rawlins was not open to the public in order to protect the location of archaeological sites on private land.

Walker says the sites could be subject to being vandalized or looted if their locations were revealed.

State historical preservation officer Mary Hopkins says private landowners didn’t want the locations revealed where historical trails, such as the Oregon Trail, cross their properties.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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