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E. coli levels prompt Middle Fork River closures

(Information in the following story is from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger,

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — People are being warned to stay out of the Middle Fork River near Lander because of E. coli bacteria.

The Fremont County Health Department says Monday that closures will remain in effect indefinitely. Health officials have posted signs warning of the potential risk at various points along the Middle Fork.

The (Riverton) Ranger reports that the high E. coli concentrations were discovered through routine water testing by the Popo Agie Conservation District. Tests detected E. coli at about twice the normal concentration.

The Middle Fork runs from Sinks Canyon through Lander.


Carbon dioxide used on depleted Wyoming oil field

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A depleted oil field west of Casper may become productive again thanks to injections of carbon dioxide.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that carbon dioxide is being forced into the Grieve field, about 45 miles outside of Casper. Denbury Resources Inc. of Texas began the injections earlier this year.

High-pressure carbon dioxide can displace residual oil from rock pores, pushing it toward a producing well. The practice of injecting carbon dioxide to revive a field is called enhanced oil recovery.

The company’s project manager tells the newspaper that it may take two years for the field to start producing again.

In the meantime, workers are building a facility that will remove carbon dioxide from the oil. Also under construction are transmission lines and a power substation.


Cattle drive marks the start of Frontier Days

(Information in the following story is from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle,

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The annual cattle drive has marked the coming of Cheyenne Frontier Days.

While the rodeo is still a week away, residents and visitors alike crowded along roadways to watch hundreds of steers brought into town and secured at Frontier Park on Sunday.

CFD General Chairman Darin Westby says that 447 steers were herded along a three-mile route. He said the drive went off without a hitch, thanks in part to the many volunteers who donate their time to make it work.

Heather Franklin was among the hundreds of people who lined the route to watch the drive. She came from eastern Washington state.

Franklin tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that she loves attending Frontier Days every year.

Rodeo slack begins Wednesday and the first official performance is Saturday.


Horse racing returning to Wyoming Downs

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune,

EVANSTON, Wyo. (AP) — Horse racing will return to Wyoming Downs track in Evanston this fall for the first time in four years.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that live races are coming Sept. 14 and 15. Wyoming Downs last hosted horse racing in 2009 under different ownership.

State racing regulators agreed to license the track owner for the races. The owner plans to apply separately for permission to offer simulcast betting in four Wyoming cities.

Wyoming Downs hopes to run 16 days of live racing next year, the number required by the state to receive a permit for simulcast betting. However, track owners can seek permission with the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission, which regulates horse racing, to lower the requirement.


Jackson considers preservation of 1930s cabin

(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide,

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Preservationists in Teton County are trying to save an 80-year-old cabin from demolition.

The landowner has applied for a demolition permit for the 1930s cabin that sits below Saddle Butte on the bank of Flat Creek. The Teton County Historic Preservation Board has asked the Jackson Town Council to delay the permit for 90 days so the group can find a place to move the cabin.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the cabin was originally a wedding present from a homesteader to his daughter.

Under town rules, any building older than 50 years or otherwise deemed historically or architecturally significant is to be reviewed by the board before a demolition permit is granted.


Yellowstone fish rule angers some anglers

(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide,

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Some anglers are questioning a new rule that allows for the catch and kill of any nonnative trout in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone officials pulled the cap on brook, brown, lake and rainbow trout this season in all park waters except the Madison and Firehole rivers, the Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls and Lewis and Shoshone lakes.

Officials say the change is intended to help with the restoration of native cutthroat trout and arctic grayling.

But some fly shop owners and outfitters who are dependent on Yellowstone’s fisheries fear it may result in too few game fish in the future.

And Peter Moyer, of the Wild Trout Conservation Coalition, tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the policy is essentially ethnic cleansing of fish.


Gov. Mead names Shoshoni rancher poet laureate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has named a Shoshoni rancher as the state’s new poet laureate.

Mead recently signed an executive order appointing Echo Klaproth. She is the sixth poet laureate in statehistory.

Mead says Klaproth’s work captures the essence of Wyoming’s ranching heritage.

Klaproth, a teacher, has written three books of poetry.

Klaproth is a fourth generation rancher. She says she writes to preserve the ranching legacy her family has worked to keep going since the late 1800s.

Klaproth follows Pat Frolander, who had served as poet laureate from 2011.

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