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Submitted by rebecca on September 18, 2013 – 11:56 amNo Comment


Park Service offers free admission to Yellowstone

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Visitors to Yellowstone and other national parks will be admitted free on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28.

A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks usually costs $25 for private vehicles. Camping fees and other fees will still apply on National Public Lands Day.

The Park Service is waiving entrance fees to encourage people to visit national parks.

The agency plans to waive entrance fees on November 9-11 to mark the Veteran’s Day holiday.


Man gets prison after police officer bitten

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

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A man accused of biting a police officer during a disturbance in Cheyenne has been sentenced to three to six years in prison.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports David C. Croy appeared in court Monday after previously pleading no contest to interfering with a peace officer.

Police who were called to a disturbance Sept. 21 say Croy was in an argument and smelled strongly of alcohol. He then became agitated and started swinging his arms back and forth as paramedics were treating him.

Authorities say the officer was bitten on his right hand as he was trying to stop Croy from injuring the paramedics.


UW awarded $1.5M for maternal obesity research

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming researcher has been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant to fund his study into obesity in expectant mothers.

The grant from the National Institutes of Health goes to Stephen P. Ford, who is director of UW’s Center for the Study of Fetal Programming.

The institute reports that 30 percent of women of child-bearing age are overweight or obese at conception and remain so throughout pregnancy. Maternal obesity not only predisposes mothers to serious health problems during pregnancy, but also increases the incidence of chronic metabolic diseases in their children and grandchildren.

Ford’s research has demonstrated that pregnant sheep are a good model for the study of human obesity. Ford says lambs born to obese ewes develop the same metabolic diseases exhibited by human babies.


First hearing on proposed Longview coal terminal

(Information in the following story is from: The Daily News,

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Foes of a proposed Longview, Wash., coal terminal dressed in red and outnumbered supporters wearing blue on Tuesday as about 2,000 people showed up for six hours of public hearings.

The Daily News of Longview reports the exchange was vigorous but civil.

The majority of about 150 speakers opposed the terminal, urging state, federal and Cowlitz County regulators to conduct a broad environmental review of Millennium Bulk Terminals’ proposal for a $643 million coal export dock.

Supporters said the proposed rail dock can handle coal safely and cleanly and the project will create jobs.

Opponents are concerned about dust and traffic congestion locally and the effect of burning coal globally.

Ambre Energy wants to ship coal from Montana and Wyoming to markets in Asia. Four other hearings on the Longview project are planned.

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