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Submitted by rebecca on June 13, 2014 – 1:59 pmNo Comment

CATTLE RUSTLING

Cattle rustling slowly increasing in Wyoming

(Information in the following story is from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Cattle rustling is slowly increasing in Wyoming amid rising beef prices and shrinking herds.

Jimmy Dean Siler, a Wyoming Livestock Board investigator, estimates five cases of missing cattle have been reported this year, compared with one or two in an average year.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Friday a 50- to 100-pound calf can sell for up to $375, compared to $100 in 2000.

Siler says rustlers frequently steal one or two cattle at a time, making the thefts look like natural losses from predators or harsh weather.

He advises ranchers to report lost cattle if they can’t find any remains so state officials can keep track.

Siler says ranchers near the state border are most vulnerable to rustlers because stolen cattle can be quickly moved into another state.

JACKSON AIR SERVICE

Plane traffic on rise in Jackson Hole

(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com)

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Jackson Hole Airport has seen a significant rise in the number of travelers through the first five months of this year.

The 108,000 commercial fliers from January through May marked a 10 percent jump over last year’s numbers and reflect a 25 percent jump over the number of travelers in 2012.

No new flights have debuted to date in 2014, meaning that more people are simply booking more of the flights that are available.

Airport Director Ray Bishop says the numbers reflect a more robust local economy and good weather in Jackson Hole.

Bishop tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that all signs are that the airport will be busy this summer.

PAROLE AFFAIR

Former parole officer enters conditional plea

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

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A former Sheridan probation and parole officer accused of sexual assault has entered a conditional guilty plea.

Chris Yager’s plea to third-degree sexual assault was entered Wednesday after a district judge denied a motion to dismiss his case.

Under terms of the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend that Yager be sentenced to two years of supervised probation.

KROE reports that Yager also will be allowed to appeal the court’s decision to the state Supreme Court.

Yager was originally charged with second degree sexual assault after a woman he formerly supervised reported that she had had a sexual relationship with Yager. The woman said Yager continued to make advances after she tried to end the relationship.

GAS DEVELOPER PENALTY

Interior seeks $533,520 penalty from gas developer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Interior Department is seeking a more than half-million-dollar penalty against a gas developer that the agency says failed to report production on federal leases in northeast Wyoming.

Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue announced the $533,520 civil penalty Thursday against Highland, Utah-based CEP M Purchase, LLC.

The agency says it sent a noncompliance notice to the company in April, 2013, and penalties will accrue until required reports are submitted. The company may request a hearing on the penalty.

CEP M Purchase is a subsidiary of Gillette-based High Plains Gas, which through CEP M Purchase has acquired hundreds of Powder River Basin coal-bed methane wells. Messages left with CEP M Purchase and High Plains Gas weren’t immediately returned Thursday.

Coal-bed methane production in the basin has declined significantly since 2010.


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