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Submitted by Newsroom on August 14, 2012 – 4:38 amNo Comment

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WYOMING WILDFIRES

Crews take on 6,000-acre wildfire in Converse Co.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters have made good progress on containing 6,500-acre wildfire in Converse County.

The Little Boxelder Fire about 10 miles south of Glenrock has burned grass and timber since it was first reported last Friday. It is about 80 percent contained.

State Forestry Division spokeswoman Kathy Lujan says the fire initially threatened some rural ranch homes.

But thanks to efforts by some 100 firefighters, the homes are no longer threatened.

The fire did destroy one abandoned structure.

Elsewhere, firefighters are monitoring a 218-acre wildfire in a rugged area of the Shoshone National Forest on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

There also was a lot of wildfire activity in the state over the weekend, especially in Goshen, Fremont and Albany counties. But quick responses by firefighters kept the fires in check.

HAY CROP

Wyoming facing worst hay crop in decades

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — New U.S. Agriculture Department estimates indicate Wyoming is facing one its worst hay harvests in terms of acreage in nearly 80 years.

Hay is Wyoming’s biggest cash crop, and it also is the one suffering the most from a lack of rains earlier in the season.

USDA crop yield estimates released late last week project Wyoming’s overall hay harvest this year to yield about 925,000 acres of hay.

If realized, that would make 2012 the single worst year for Wyoming hay acreage since the Dust Bowl days of 1934.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that overall tonnage of hay expected to be harvested in Wyoming is 1.82 million tons, down 23 percent from 2011 and the worst production since 2002.

CORRA RETIRES

Corra retiring as head of Wyo. Environment Dept.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — John Corra is retiring as head of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality after serving for nearly 10 years.

Gov. Matt Mead announced Monday that Corra will retire in October from the post he’s held since March 2003.

Mead says DEQ has established a reputation for reasonable regulation and a professional approach under Corra’s leadership.

Corra says it’s been an honor for him to serve in the post for two Wyoming governors.

MARTIN-GILLETTE

International company opens center in Gillette

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Martin Engineering is opening a new sales and service center in Gillette.

The company is based in Illinois, and the service center will be its first in Wyoming.

Martin Engineering is the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of engineered conveyor belt cleaning and conveyor belt scraping systems. The company has had a sales office in Gillette for about 20 years.

But it also does maintenance on conveyers.

Company consultant Jim Topless tells the Gillette News Record that the local demand for a service center has encouraged the company to open one up.

It also hopes to expand its customer base.

Its service will stretch into Montana and South Dakota, and south to the Laramie River.

WYOMING-DEFENSIVE LINE

UW looks for depth at defensive end

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming enters the college football season with a defensive line set at the tackle position but looking for some depth at defensive end.

Redshirt freshman Eddie Yarbrough and junior college transfer Justin Bernthaler hope to provide that depth at end.

Yarbrough came to Wyoming last fall with a lot of hype and a lot of lofty credentials. But with the Cowboys having plenty of talent at defensive end, UW was afforded the luxury of redshirting Yarbrough.

Now at 6-foot-3 and 253 pounds, Yarbrough tells the Laramie Boomerang that he feels like he’s ready to make an impact.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Bernthaler says he likes to play physical on the field and get after opposing players.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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