An electrical problem is blamed for starting a fire that destroyed the Lander Community Center. Doug Randall has the details. The Wyoming National Guard base is now the staging area for four specially equipped C-130′s being used to fight wildfires. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.
Governor Matt Mead appointed Harry LaBonde as the next Director of the Wyoming Water Development Office. LaBonde replaces Mike Purcell who retired July 5, 2012. Governor Mead says “water is one of our most critical resources in Wyoming and the Director of Water Development plays a key role in managing our state’s water resources. ”
Fire officials say the nearly 17 square mile Squirrel Creek Fire burning south of Laramie was human caused. Doug Randall has the details. The Wyoming Democratic Party is celebrating the move of party headquarters from Casper to Cheyenne on Saturday at 3 p.m. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.
Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk discussed the details of the park’s proposed winter use plan. Governor Matt Mead says he is upset with last week’s vote in congress cutting federal abandoned mine land payments to the state. Doug Randall reports. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.
Officials say firefighters are gaining some control on a growing fire near Newcastle. A plan for designing thousands of miles of energy corridors in 11 western states will be revamped under a settlement reached by federal land managers, environmental groups and one Colorado county Doug Randall reports. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.
The Squirrel Creek Fire burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest is now 51 percent contained. Fire officials says light rain occurred over the fire area last night and crews were able to take advantage of cooler and moister conditions. They continued construction of fire line on the south-west perimeter. Construction of fire line will continue today, with bulldozers and hand crews. Both helicopters and air tankers will support these efforts as necessary.
The 300-acre Bear Cub Fire was discovered around 3:00 in the afternoon on July 3, approximately 27-miles east of Moran, Wyoming in Fremont County. The fire is burning in dead and fallen timber and there are no structures threatened and no closure at this time.
The new Federal Transportation Bill approved over the weekend recognized the dangers for people and critters, and grants state and federal agencies funding to retrofit roads to prevent collisions. Visitors to Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites are urged to keep vehicles on roads and designated parking areas and away from tall grassy areas. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio news.
A new law passed by the 2012 Wyoming Legislature is now in effect, and allows drivers to exceed the speed limit by up to 10 mph to pass a vehicle traveling under the speed limit on some two-lane roads in Wyoming.
The Ivinson Memorial Hospital Board of Directors in Laramie voted not to join with Wyoming Medical Center in Casper and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center to become a founding member of the “Wyoming Solution” health care network.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for Wyoming’s oil creek fire in Weston county. Doug Randall reports. Because of the dry conditions and high fire danger, some popular July 4th fireworks shows have been canceled across Wyoming. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.
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