Sweetwater County officials all came to an agreement on how to spend a $2.3 million state grant. A majority of the grant money, or approximately $1.9 million will go towards improvements for the National High School Finals Rodeo. The NHSFR will be held in Sweetwater County in 2012 and 2013.
The hunting season for small game and upland bird species will begin September 1st in Wyoming. The 2011 walk-in hunting atlases are also available at state game and fish offices and license agents around the state.
Governors from seven flood-stricken states signed a letter on Friday asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review their river management practices to improve flood control. The meeting Friday was the first time governors meet together to discuss flood control. Flood damages in Wyoming were estimated to cost several million dollars.
The hail storm that pounded the city of Cheyenne on July 12th caused approximately $120 million in damages. Cheyenne Officials are now making sure that residents and contractors handle the damages the right way.
Wildlife and highways often don’t mix well together but thanks to new efforts by the Wyoming Land Trust a key migration route at the foot of the Wind River Mountains will be safer for both people and wildlife. Approximately 200 miles of fence will be erected along the migration route at the foot of the Wind River Mountains.
Governor Matt Mead has announced that Rob Hurless will serve as both a member of Governor Mead’s policy team and continue his role with The University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources. The move expands a continuing partnership with the University of Wyoming’s SER. The action taken will integrate critical components of the Governor’s Office with the School of Energy Resources at UW.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is going to build a temporary single lane bridge over the section of road that washed out on Wyoming 130. The washout killed 3 people and also washed out an emergency responder’s vehicle. Emergency responder John Zeiger and Alex Constantinides, father and husband to the three killed survived.
Wyoming State Parks is seeking participants ages 18 to 26 to be a part of what is being named the “Wyoming Summit Tailgate.” It will begin at Curt Gowdy State Park this Thursday and Friday. The summit will then move to the Outdoor National Regional Youth Summit in Denver during the weekend.
First Lady Carol Mead and publisher Scholastic donated over 500 books to a summer reading program in Laramie County this week. Mrs. Mead joined up with the Scholastic Reading Ambassadors program and 44 First Spouses nationwide to participate in this effort in hopes to encourage children to work on their literacy skills over the summer.
The Wyoming Department of Health has announced the states first case of West Nile Virus for 2011. An adult male from Goshen County is the state’s first reported human to be infected with West Nile virus or WNV.
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