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Submitted by Newsroom on March 21, 2012 – 7:00 amNo Comment

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NOYES HEALTH CENTER

Noyes Health Care Center in Baggs closes doors

UNDATED (AP) — The Noyes Health Care Center in Baggs has permanently closed.

The only health care provider in town announced its closure in a news release Tuesday. It says it will advertise dates when patients can get copies of their medical records.

The Craig Daily Press reports a staff member also will be retained for two weeks as patients move to other health care providers.

The Little Snake River Valley EMS will not be affected by the closure.

Details of why the center closed weren’t given.

The center said its board had faced many challenges over the past several years and that the decision to close came after a thorough assessment and investigation.

GRIZZLY BEAR MAULING

2nd Yellowstone grizzly could be killed in mauling

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A second grizzly bear could be killed in connection with the fatal mauling of a Michigan man at Yellowstone National Park last summer.

Park superintendent Dan Wenk discussed the possibility earlier this month. Park spokesman Al Nash said Tuesday that no date has been set for a decision.

One grizzly was euthanized last fall after it was linked to the scene of 59-year-old hiker John Wallace’s death. DNA tests show the bear killed a California hiker and also fed on Wallace but officials aren’t sure if the sow killed Wallace.

Hair from the second bear at issue was found about 22 yards away from where Wallace died but test results didn’t come back until after bears entered hibernation.

That bear, which has a radio collar, is still in its den.

Bison in Yellowstone

BISON RELOCATION

Judge denies request to stop Mont. bison transfer

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Ranchers who oppose the transfer of dozens of bison from Yellowstone National Park to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation are resubmitting their request for a Montana judge to send the animals back to Yellowstone.

Judge John McKeon turned down an earlier request Tuesday, but addressed only procedural issues.

Fort Peck Chairman Floyd Azure said the state no longer had jurisdiction over the animals and they were “here to stay” on the reservation.

Tribal officials said they plan to keep the 62 newly-arrived bison in a 2-acre holding corral for several months. They say they plan to address concerns bison could escape and cause property damage or mingle with cattle.

Under the transfer agreement, state officials or local landowners could be permitted to kill the bison if they leave their pasture.

BLM APPOINTMENT

Welch of BLM Wyoming named to position in Denver

DENVER (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management’s associate state director in Wyoming has been named the agency’s new director of the National Operations Center in Denver.

BLM Director Bob Abbey announced the appointment of Ruth Welch on Tuesday.

The National Operations Center provides internal and technical support to BLM offices and the general public. It has 350 employees and 100 contractors.

Welch began her federal career with the Office of Surface Mining in 1989 and joined the BLM in 1993. She helped lead the BLM’s effort to prepare a new wild horse and burro management strategy, which will be rolled out in the near future.

She succeeds former National Operations Center director Lynda Stelzer and acting director Deb Rawhouser.

COLORADO-WILDFIRES

Colorado assesses wildfire damage, braces for more

WRAY, Colo. (AP) — Two firefighting air tankers are on standby as forecasts call for increasingly dangerous conditions into the weekend on Colorado’s eastern plains, where a fire burned more than 37 square miles.

A twin-engine aerial tanker capable of carrying up to 2,000 gallons of fire retardant was brought to Colorado from out of state on Tuesday.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Steve Segin says forests and grasslands are dry from the lower elevations of the Front Range eastward into Kansas,

Conditions are expected to worsen by the weekend, with high fire danger in eastern Colorado, southeast Wyoming and far western Nebraska and South Dakota.

Three firefighters were injured after the fire broke out last Sunday. One remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Two farms were destroyed and an undetermined number of animals were killed.

MOVING STUDENTS

Study looks at how school change affects students

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A study of public school students in Laramie County School District 1 suggests that students who move multiple times to different schools can see their academics suffer.

Superintendent Mark Stock says the data collected by the district shows students of all backgrounds and grades are affected by moving to a different school.

Stock says generally the more students had moved between schools the worse they performed academically.

According to the data, about 90 percent of sixth-grade students who switched schools once, or less, tested proficient or advanced on the math assessment tests.

However, of students who’d switched schools two or three times by sixth grade, only about 72 percent tested proficient or advanced.

WYOMING-SMITH

Wyoming QB looks forward to spring football

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith will take part in spring drills but will not participate in any scrimmages or live action.

Smith had surgery on his right hand a couple of months ago and hasn’t done much physically since the Cowboys’ season ended on Dec. 17 with a 37-15 loss to Temple in the New Mexico Bowl.

Smith tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that there shouldn’t be any lingering effects from the surgery and he will have plenty to work on during spring camp.

Smith completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,622 yards with 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season. He was the Mountain West Freshman of the Year.

The goal for Smith this year is to improve his passing percentage.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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