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Submitted by Newsroom on April 19, 2012 – 6:01 amNo Comment

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OBIT-RESOR

Former Army Secretary Stanley R. Resor dies at 94

WASHINGTON (AP) — The secretary of the Army for six years during the Vietnam War, Stanley R. Resor (REE-zor), has died at the age of 94.

Resor died Tuesday at his home in Washington, D.C.

In July 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Resor as Army secretary. He continued in that position after President Richard M. Nixon’s election in 1968. He left in 1971 and returned to his law practice with a New York City firm.

Resor was born in New York City in 1917. His father, Stanley B. Resor, was president of the advertising agency J. Walter Thompson.

Resor was 11 when he and family friends visited Jackson Hole, Wyo. He persuaded his father to buy a cattle ranch there, beginning a lifelong tie to the area. He later served as a board member for the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

Resor left Yale Law School to join the Army in 1942. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Silver Star and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

GUARD-FIRE TRAINING

Wyo. Air Nat’l Guard practices aerial firefighting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Air National Guard is getting ready for wildfire season by practicing aerial firefighting.

Guard members took off from Cheyenne and dropped loads of water from C-130 transport planes on flights at the Camp Guernsey Training Center on Wednesday. It was the third of four days of wildfire certification training this week.

The Wyoming Air National Guard is one of four military units in the country that is equipped with a system that allows its planes to drop 3,000 gallons of fire retardant at a time. The unit has been involved in aerial firefighting since 1975 and has fought fires throughout the country and in Indonesia.

Unfavorable weather caused a last-minute cancellation of a training mission in February.

WYOMING-GEOTHERMAL

Old oil fields could be geothermal power source

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Teapot Dome in central Wyoming will always be associated with one of the nation’s biggest political scandals in the 1920s.

But these days it’s proving that old oil fields can be a source for clean, renewable energy.

Now called the Rocky Mountain Oil Test Center, the field near Casper is the site of a demonstration project that shows hot water extracted from established oil and gas fields can be turned into geothermal power. Similar projects are being conducted elsewhere.

Using hot water from oil and gas fields to create electricity benefits both the environment and the field by broadening and extending the field’s use and producing clean energy.

While more work is needed to show that the new geothermal resource is practical, industry officials say it holds great promise.

OIL SHALE-MESA COUNTY

Mesa County resolution blasts BLM’s oil shale plan

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Mesa County commissioners in Colorado are urging federal officials to extend a comment period on a plan for oil shale development on public land.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has proposed slashing the amount of land potentially available for oil shale development in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado from a total of about 2 million acres to 462,000 acres. The deadline for public comments on the proposal is May 4.

Mesa County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Monday blasting the proposal. The resolution also alleges the bureau is irrationally capitulating to environmental groups while ignoring local governments and other stakeholders, who support research to find economically viable ways to harvest oil from oil shale.

Garfield and Rio Blanco counties in Colorado have approved similar resolutions.

BOY SHOT

Gun in accidental shooting of Cheyenne boy probed

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Laramie County investigators and federal agents are tracing the origin of a gun used in the accidental shooting of an 8-year-old boy in Cheyenne.

Two 8-year-old boys found the .25 caliber gun while building a fort in a field on April 7. Sheriff’s department spokesman Gerry Luce said that one boy pulled the trigger and the bullet hit Gage McClellan in the chest. He was dead when deputies arrived.

Sheriff’s investigators are working with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to figure out how the gun ended up in the field.

POSTAL PROBLEMS-UDALL

Udall backs delaying closure of rural post offices

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is backing an effort to prevent closing rural post offices for at least two years.

Udall joined other senators on Wednesday in backing the amendment to a bill that would stabilize the U.S. Postal Service.

The Postal Service says it needs to begin closing thousands of low-revenue post offices and mail processing centers this year as part of efforts to become profitable.

The Senate bill would, in part, slow if not stop many closings by forcing the agency to first consider the special needs of rural communities.

Seventy-one post offices in Colorado and 43 in Wyoming face possible closures.

Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Roy Blunt of Missouri have proposed appointing an advocate for rural communities facing closures so that communities’ interests are heard.

WYOMING-HARRIS

Wyoming linebacker turns up the volume

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s coaching staff has challenged junior linebacker Devyn Harris this spring to be more of a leader vocally and physically.

Harris admits he’s still working on both situations but is rising to the occasion of late in UW’s final week of spring camp.

He says he’s trying to be more vocal in talking to teammates and calling out plays. And he’s trying to be more of a leader by how he plays on the field.

Coach Dave Christensen says Harris is coming along and he likes players who lead by example.

Harris played in all 13 games last season and was UW’s sixth-leading tackler.

This spring he has taken on the challenge of playing multiple linebacking positions.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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