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Submitted by Newsroom on August 6, 2012 – 7:26 amNo Comment

GAS PRICES

State gas prices fall

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – The price of a gallon of gas went down this past week, by 1 cent, averaging $3.43 cents Sunday, while the national average went up 9 cents and sits at $3.60. The stats come from the gasoline price tracking website – GasBuddy.com.

According to the gas price tracker, the prices yesterday were 9.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day a year ago and six tenths per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 19.1 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 6.5 cents per gallon lower than this day a year ago.

Company analyst Patrick DeHaan said the scary thing is that prices spiked and there was no stop in production like war breaking out in the Middle East or a hurricane. He said the Great Lakes area was hosed with refinery issues and a major oil pipeline issue, and while other regions saw increases, they paled in comparison to those in the Great Lakes states.

He said the good news for motorists is that the end to the summer driving season and change to winter-spec fuel is in view, which will likely put downward pressure on the prices of gas. He’s basing his findings on information gathered from his company’s 250 websites that track 140,000 gasoline stations nationwide and into Canada.

HONOR FARM MURDER

“Nightmare Next Door” focuses on Riverton murder

Staff and Wire Reports

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Another Wyoming crime story is going to be featured on a national television show. This one happened in Riverton.

The Investigation Discovery channel’s “Nightmare Next Door” will focus on the 2004 murder of Wyoming Honor Farm nurse Tammy Sue Watts on an upcoming episode.

A crew from the show was in town last week to talk to prosecutors, family members and investigators.

Watts was a 39-year-old from Hudson. She was killed by Floyd DeWayne Grady who was an inmate at the minimum security prison in Riverton.

A crew from the NBC Discovery series “Disappeared” was in Lander recently to report on the disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel.

In July, “America’s Most Wanted” featured the search for 44-year-old Wesley Richard Nebeker, who is wanted for alleged sexual abuse of minors.

FOOD DATABASE

Free database connects consumers to food sources

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming agriculture producers and processors now have a means to connect directly with potential buyers of their products. The Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Division has established a connection through a national food-related database. It’s called Wyoming MarketMaker.

The program is a partner of National Food MarketMaker and is part of a network of states that connects farmers, ranchers and fishermen with consumers, schools, processors, caterers, chefs, food retailers and grocery stores.

The site is not an ecommerce site and buyers must contact sellers directly. The idea is to build a virtual infrastructure that provides buyers a means to locate food products. National Food MarketMaker is one the largest collections of searchable food industry-related databases in the country. Currently, 20 states have invested in this coordinated effort.

In Fremont County, consumers and producers can connect for locally grown products by logging onto the website – fremontlocalfoods.

WOLF HUNTS

Wyo. wolf hunt unlikely to stop problem animals

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s first-ever regulated wolf hunt is slated to kick off in about two months. But the hunt probably won’t reduce the intensity of a wolf-reduction program now run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because wolf hunts in other states show low success rates.

Mike Jimenez is a wolf manager for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He says the agency’s hunts are more successful because they are aided by helicopters and radio collars. The agency kills wolves that are preying on livestock.

Assuming the predator is removed from Endangered Species Act protection as planned, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s hunt will target 52 animals.

GAME AND FISH-BUDGET

Wyo. wildlife officials hunt for budget answers

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is hoping innovative ideas from the public can help the agency as it tries to avoid a future budget crisis.

The department will need another $8 to $10 million beginning Jan. 1, 2015, to operate in the short term.

During an introductory video at a public meeting on the topic on Thursday, Game and Fish Director Scott Talbott said “the single most important issue” facing the future of wildlife management is the lack of adequate funding for management and conservation programs.

Increased management costs, inflation and a drop in the number of hunters and anglers have led wildlife managers to seek out more funding.

Among the ideas being offered are wildlife license plates, fees for reselling photographs, a lottery and preference points for residents.

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