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DEQ finds no more benzene in Hoback wells

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

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Quality has been testing groundwater in the Hoback area of northwest Wyoming for benzene.

The testing began after benzene was found in the tap water at Hoback Market.

DEQ reports that it hasn’t determined a source of the benzene but its tests of surrounding wells found no trace of the hydrocarbon.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the agency plans to drill several test wells soon in an attempt to pinpoint the pollutants’ source.

The Hoback Market now has an alternate water supply, and its owner said he’s creating a new filtration system.


State Parks plans celebration of Wyoming statehood

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources plans a statehood celebration at the Historic Governors’ Mansion in Cheyenne.

The event is scheduled for June 21, from noon to 4 p.m. It will feature turn-of-the-century activities such as croquet and sack races on the lawn. It will also feature local vendors and music.

Wyoming achieved statehood on July 10, 1890, joining the United States and as the 44th state.


Lawmakers consider repeal of PAC limits

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

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Lawmakers are having second thoughts about placing caps on political action committee spending in Wyoming.

The Joint Corporations, Appropriations and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee will consider a bill draft repealing a section of state law that was enacted in 2013.

Under the new provision, beginning Jan. 1, direct or indirect PAC contributions will be capped at $7,500 to any statewide candidate and at $3,000 to any other candidate.

Currently there is no cap.

Republican Sen. Charlie Scott of Casper tells the Star-Tribune that the cap wouldn’t stop PAC spending because people can easily get around the law by forming another PAC.


Robin Bailey, worker for 3 senators, to retire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Robin Bailey is retiring this fall after more than 30 years of service to threeWyoming senators.

Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, says Bailey will retire in September as his state director. He says she has been a valuable worker for the people of the state.

Former Sen. Malcolm Wallop first hired Bailey in 1977 as an officer manager in Cheyenne. Later, former Sen. Al Simpson hired Bailey as a field representative for him in Rock Springs and Gillette. Enzi hired Bailey for his staff when he took office in 1997.

Enzi says Bailey has great experience and skill and a strong desire to help people.

Bailey says she has enjoyed the challenge of trying to solve constituents’ problems and has gotten to know people in every part of the state.


Bighorn National Forest offers mobile maps

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Visitors to the Bighorn National Forest may now download forest maps to their mobile devices.

The maps may be downloaded to mobile devices including cellular telephones that have the capacity to access the global positioning system.

Once the maps are installed on the user’s mobile device, it shows the user’s location appearing as a blue dot.

The Bighorn National Forest visitor map can be downloaded for $4.99 each for either the north half or the south half of the forest.

The visitor map provides information about services, campgrounds, picnic areas, and other attractions in the national forest. It also includes descriptions of travel restrictions, facilities and points of interest.


Wyoming Stock Growers convention in Cody

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show is being held this week in Cody.

The event hosted by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association began Wednesday and ends on Saturday.

This year’s annual convention is focusing on sage grouse and sustainability in ranching.

On Saturday, the convention’s schedule includes a candidate forum for secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction.

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