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Submitted by rebecca on September 5, 2013 – 12:19 pmNo Comment


WyDOT set for new projects with fuel tax increase

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Transportation plans to get to work on 19 additional highway projects over the next year now that lawmakers have approved a 10-cent-per-gallon increase in thestate fuel tax.

WyDOT officials say they’re looking at starting more than 50 new projects over the next three years.

The tax increase will bring in an estimated $47 million a year in additional fuel tax revenue.

Upcoming projects include new pavement on a 10-mile section of Wyoming Highway 28 south of Lander. WyDOT also is looking at bridge rehabilitation work at various locations in northwest Wyoming.


Wyoming museum features stamp exhibit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A temporary exhibit at the Wyoming State Museum features U.S. postage stamps postmarked from around the state.

The exhibit features collages from the collection of Lewis Schrag of Cheyenne. He donated 182 collages to thestate museum in recent years.

Schrag’s compositions use stamps and first-day covers postmarked around the state. Many also feature additional elements such as coins and commemorative medals.

David Newell is curator of art at the museum. He says the collection focuses on the range of stamp designs and their beauty. The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 2.


UW athletics launches new mobile apps

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming Athletics Department has launched a new mobile app for Cowboy and Cowgirl fans with compatible iOS and Android devices.

UW’s official mobile app offers streamlined access to news and information. The “Wyo Pokes” app can be used to check team schedules and scores, purchase tickets, watch videos, view photos and get the latest news on all 17 UW Division I sports.

From their phone, Wyoming fans can follow events with live scores and stats all in one place. Those who download the app will be able to watch game highlights, features and other multimedia content on their mobile device.

The “Wyo Pokes” mobile app is available free in the App Store and Google Play Market. Wyoming will also offer an iPad app, featuring the same content.


Rawlins youth crisis center makes progress

(Information in the following story is from: Rawlins (Wyo.) Daily Times,

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — Rawlins officials say a youth crisis center that has been in the works for nearly a decade could open as soon as the start of the year.

The Rawlins Times reports Wednesday that the Cathedral Home, a Laramie child-services facility, is expected to enter into a three-year contract to operate the center. It would be located west of the Carbon County jail and provide temporary housing for troubled youth or children before they get placed in foster care or return to their parents.

The Carbon County Commission will get a contract in the coming weeks to allow the Cathedral Home to run the center.

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