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Submitted by rebecca on August 5, 2013 – 2:50 pmNo Comment


Crews fighting 340-acre wildfire near Bondurant

BONDURANT, Wyo. (AP) — Crews are fighting a wildfire burning on 340 acres near Bondurant.

The Packer Creek Fire is burning in heavy timber and dead trees about 28 miles north of Pinedale.

About 100 firefighters have been assigned to fight the fire, including three Hotshot crews and eight smokejumpers. Two helicopters have been dropping water on the fire and air tankers are also expected to join the fight.

The fire was discovered Friday. Firefighters hope to have it fully contained by Saturday.


Former VP Cheney mum on daughter’s Senate bid

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

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he’s proud of his senatorial candidate daughter. But he wasn’t stumping for her Saturday night in Casper at a birthday party for a former congressman.

Dick Cheney told the Casper Star-Tribune that he expects his daughter Liz to prevail in her primary challenge to Republican Sen. Mike Enzi. But the former vice president said he’d refrain from making other comments.

Dick Cheney was attending a birthday party for former U.S. Rep. John Wold.

The newspaper reports that Liz Cheney and Enzi also attended the party. During cocktails before the dinner party started, Liz Cheney and Enzi greeted friends on opposite sides of the hotel ballroom.


Biggest baby boom in quarter century hits Casper

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

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Medical Center in Casper hospital is in the midst of a baby boom — the biggest in more than a quarter century.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that more babies have been born through the first seven months of this year than in all of 2012.

Doctors there have delivered 123 babies. The hospital hasn’t had a month like that since March of 1986, according to a handwritten tally kept by the nurses.

In a typical month, the unit will average between 85 and 90 babies, said Birth Place nurse Suzi Bower. The hospital has topped that in all but one month this year.

The nurses suspect the record numbers results from an influx of young couples who have moved to Casper for energy-industry jobs.


Wyo. Women’s Council selects Woman of Distinction

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Lynne McAuliffe, of Riverton, has been selected to receive the 2013 Woman of Distinction award by the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues.

The council will honor McAuliffe on Aug. 24 at Central Wyoming College.

McAuliffe is the college’s dean for Workforce and Community Education. She develops and implements education programs for low-income and low-skilled women.

She works closely with business and industry to help program participants transition into higher level degree programs or careers offering self-sufficient wages, often in high demand fields.

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