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Submitted by rebecca on June 11, 2014 – 12:30 pmNo Comment

WESTERN GOVERNORS-CLIMATE

EPA promotes global warming proposal to governors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is promoting proposed clean power plant rules to western governors as a way to deal with wildfires and floods.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy met Tuesday with western governors and emphasized that states will have flexibility in developing plans to reduce carbon output.

She acknowledged that some governors whose states depend heavily on coal expressed concern about thenew rules.

The EPA rules announced last week set a goal of cutting emissions of the greenhouse gas by 30 percent nationwide from 2005 levels. The goal’s deadline is 2030.

Some governors have blamed increasingly destructive fires on climate change, including Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Other governors in the region have decried what they call the administration’s job-killing war on coal. Those include Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead.

POLICE SHOT-WYOMING

Slain Las Vegas officer remembered in Wyoming

(Information in the following story is from: Rock Springs (Wyo.) Rocket-Miner, http://www.rocketminer.com)

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A family friend and cousin say they remember a slain Las Vegas police officer as a devoted father who loved his job and enjoyed woodworking.

Alyn Beck was originally from Green River in western Wyoming. He and another officer were shot and killed Sunday by a couple who then shot another man before killing themselves at a Wal-Mart.

Beck was 41 and is survived by his wife and three children.

Family friend Ryan Dennett tells the Rock Springs Rocket-Miner Beck loved being a police officer and woodworking. He says Beck recently passed a test to be promoted to sergeant.

Mike Beck says his cousin was dedicated to his family and Mormon faith. He says Beck was a successful high school wrestler who enjoyed helping out at his uncle’s ranch.

PUBLIC LAND DAMAGE

BLM, volunteers hope to clean up Laramie canyon

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com)

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Public land managers and volunteers are trying to stop illegal dumping, limit erosion and make shooting safer in a canyon outside Laramie.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Rogers Canyon Coalition plan to designate areas for target shooting and off-road driving and erect a fence to stop dumping.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday the BLM and volunteers don’t want to ban public use of the canyon but hope to prevent misuse of it.

The plan includes signs listing what is and isn’t allowed.

A rancher with a grazing lease in the area limits where his sheep can go because of the danger of glass and debris. Bicyclists worry about stray bullets.

The BLM’s Amanda Jones says the goal is to make the area safe for education and recreation.

YELLOWSTONE-TOURIST KILLED

Falling tree kills Taiwanese tourist in YNP

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A Taiwanese man is dead after being hit by a falling tree while hiking off an established trail in Yellowstone National Park.

Park officials aren’t releasing the 36-year-old man’s name pending notification of his family.

A statement from park officials say the man was hiking on the Fairy Falls trail, north of the Old Faithful area and west of the Grand Loop Road.

The man had left the trail was climbing a slope Monday afternoon when a dead pine tree fell and struck him on the head. The man was declared dead at the scene.

Yellowstone rangers who responded reported windy weather conditions in the area at the time. The tree that fell was among those killed during the park’s 1988 fires.

BOYS-GIRLS BREAK-IN

Buffalo Boys & Girls Club break-in investigated

(Information in the following story is from: KROE-AM, http://www.sheridanmedia.com/)

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — Police are investigating a costly break-in at the Boys & Girls Club in Buffalo.

The break-in happened sometime between May 31 and June 2. Club director Lisa Mueller says the burglars broke 10 windows and stole an Xbox 360 game console.

She estimates the damage at $3,000.

Mueller tells Sheridan Media glass shards have made couches and bean bag chairs unsafe to sit on. She says club members recently purchased the damaged and stolen items with money earned from fund-raising.

BLACK BEAR-SARATOGA

Black bear spotted in Saratoga, then disappears

(Information in the following story is from: Rawlins (Wyo.) Daily Times, http://www.rawlinstimes.com)

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A black bear that wandered into Saratoga has disappeared before wildlife officers could respond.

The bear was spotted Sunday afternoon on the east side of North Platte River in Saratoga, south of Rawlins.

The Rawlins Daily Times reported Tuesday the Wyoming Game and Fish Department was called, but the bear was gone when officers arrived.

Robin Kepple of Game and Fish says if the bear becomes a frequent visitor in Saratoga, officers might have to kill it to protect residents.

Kepple urged residents to keep discarded food, pet food and other edibles out of the reach of bears to avoid attracting them to town.

Mayor John Zeiger says wildlife officers trapped and removed a bear from Saratoga last year.

BLIZZARD-DEAD TREES

Snowstorm tree damage becomes evident in Gillette

(Information in the following story is from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com)

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — City officials in Gillette say they’re just now finding out that a severe snowstorm last October severely damaged several more trees than they’d originally thought.

Ten cottonwood trees will be cut down in one park.

The Gillette News-Record reports the city is preparing to plant two new trees for each one cut down. Even after the trees are cut down, the park will still have around 100 trees still standing.

Much of the tree damage caused by a blizzard that hit northeast Wyoming and western South Dakota last fall didn’t become evident until trees began leafing out this spring.


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