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State Forestry: Drought Conditions Mean Use Extra Caution

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With drought conditions at an extreme, residents are asked to take extra care when recreating to help prevent wildland fires in the state. The Wyoming State Forestry division says this year, close to 500,000 acres have burned in Wyoming. Many of these fires have been caused by lightning, however, there is an increase of human caused fires throughout the country, Wyoming included.

Hunting season and outdoor fall activities brings an increase for the potential of human caused fires. You can do your part to help reduce the threat of wildfire by following these simple steps during these extreme dry conditions.

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Wanted: Volunteers for Medical Reserve Corps Units

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September is National Preparedness Month and the Wyoming Department of Health is encouraging residents to  consider joining a local Medical Reserve Corps unit. Angelyn Mayes, state Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator, says Community-based Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units are a specialized, health-related component of Citizen Corps, a national network of hometown security volunteers.

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Steve Woodson sworn in by Justice William Hill (Amy Richards/TSM)
Steve Woodson sworn in by Justice William Hill (Amy Richards/TSM)
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Steve Woodson Sworn In As Head of Wyoming DCI

Steve Woodson sworn in by Justice William Hill (Amy Richards/TSM)

Steve Woodson was sworn in Tuesday by Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William Hill as the new head of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. DCI is part of the Attorney General’s office and is Wyoming’s chief law enforcement agency. Woodson has worked for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for 20 years as a special agent, most of that work based in Wyoming. Woodson also spent years as a special agent and team leader with the Wyoming DCI. 

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More Time To Comment on Yellowstone’s Winter Use plan [AUDIO]

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Four people received enough write-in votes in Powell to run for mayor in November, but the ballot will only list one candidate. Doug Randall reports.  The National Park service has reopened the public comment period for 30 days on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for long-term plan for winter use in Yellowstone National Park. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Guernsey Reservoir (Courtesy of Wyoming State Parks)
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Guernsey Reservoir Will be Lowered Again [AUDIO]

Guernsey Reservoir (Courtesy of Wyoming State Parks)

Wyoming Main Street is accepting applications from communities interested in participating in its program. business reporter Sharon Fain has the details. The Bureau of Reclamation will lower Guernsey Reservoir again. Doug Randall reports. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Wolves Delisted in Wyoming

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Wyoming population of gray wolves is recovered and no longer warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Beginning September 30th, wolves in Wyoming will be managed by the state under an approved management plan, as they are in the states of Idaho and Montana. F

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Fire District 2 Begins Training on Ladder Truck

Laramie County Fire District #2 personnel began training on their recently acquired ladder truck. The 1993  KME Aerial Cat was given to District 2 by F.E. Warren Air Force base at  no cost through the federal excess personal property program.

District 2 fire Chief Jason Coughey  says with new commercial and residential building construction in their district, the ladder truck is a welcome addition.  The ladder extends 102 feet.

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Rural Bankers Survey: Drought Dampening Economy [AUDIO]

A former financial manager in lander has pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzling more than $2.5 million dollars. Doug Randall has the details. The rural Mainstreet Index dropped further into negative territory this month, suggesting economic contraction. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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National Weather Service Radar to Receive an Upgrade

The National Weather Service Doppler Radar serving southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska will be enhanced with the latest dual-polarization technology beginning in October. John Griffith, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cheyenne, says conventional Doppler radars send out a horizontal pulse that gives forecasters a one‐dimensional picture of whatever is in the air, precipitation or non‐precipitation. It can see precipitation, but can’t tell the difference between rain, snow, or hail. Dual‐polarization radar sends and receives both horizontal and vertical pulses, providing a much more informative two‐dimensional picture of whatever is out there. 

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