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Submitted by rebecca on June 20, 2013 – 2:15 pmNo Comment

FIRE DANGER

Fire danger increases in Teton area

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Agency fire managers say the fire danger is increasing in northwestern Wyoming and they’re asking the public to use caution while recreating outdoors.

Managers track fire danger by monitoring both weather conditions and the moisture in trees and other vegetation.

The fire danger is currently rated as moderate but will continue to rise with warmer and drier weather.

Firefighters suppressed two human-caused fires this week on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, fire managers also remind the public that fireworks are not permitted in Grand Teton National Park, on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, in Teton or Sublette counties or on state lands.

COAL LEASE

Panel moves Cloud Peak coal lease forward

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal and state officials have given initial approval to a Wyoming company’s application to lease 198 million tons of coal adjacent to a southeastern Montana mine.

Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman Beverly Gorney said a five-member government panel voted unanimously Wednesday for the agency to begin processing the application from Cloud Peak Energy.

Environmental groups wanted the application delayed. They pointed to recent concerns raised by federal investigators that the government could be losing tens of millions of dollars by undervaluing coal from public lands.

The BLM has pledged improvements to the leasing program. Agency officials say it will be four to five years before a value is given to the coal leases sought by Cloud Peak. The leases are next to the Spring Creek Mine along the Montana-Wyoming border.

HEROIN CHARGE

Laramie man charged in fatal heroin overdose

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Laramie man faces a federal charge alleging that he provided heroin that led to another man’s fatal overdose this spring.

A criminal complaint unsealed this week alleges 24-year-old Kyle Josef Adams provided heroin that resulted in the April 10 death of 25-year-old Kaleb Paul Skog in Laramie.

According to an investigator’s statement, an autopsy determined Skog died from heroin intoxication. Adams told investigators he bought the heroin in Denver the day before Skog died.

Adams faces a preliminary hearing before a federal magistrate on Thursday in Cheyenne.

Commander Mitchell Cushman with the Laramie Police Department says he can’t comment on Adams case.

Cushman says he doesn’t believe Laramie has enough experience with heroin cases to say that they’ve seen any overall increase.

CENTRAL WYOMING SPORTS

CWC looking to add more sports

(Information in the following story is from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger, http://www.dailyranger.com)

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Central Wyoming College is looking to add more team sports.

Athletic director Steve Barlow says the college will be conducting a feasibility study on the idea in the coming months.

Barlow tells The Riverton Ranger that he would like to see some new athletic programs in the fall of 2014.

The college in Riverton fields teams in men’s and women’ rodeo, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball.

Barlow says additional sports could lead to more students.

By the end of October, Barlow says he would like to have a good idea of what sports would benefit Central Wyoming College.

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