Volume 4, Number 22 - August 26, 2004
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The Bureau of Land Management now plans to release the Pinedale Resource Management Plan for public review in early October. The RMP will be issued on CD to those on BLM's project mailing list, and only a limited number of printed copies of the document will be available. Written requests for a printed copy must be received by the BLM by Sept. 3. Write to: BLM, Pinedale Field Office, Attn: Pinedale RMP, P.O. Box 768,
Pinedale, Wyo., 82941, or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The black widow roams no more. Last week, USDA Wildlife Services was successful in killing two wolves in the Upper Green River region, including the black radio-collared female wolf and her newest mate. The female had been involved in numerous livestock depredations in the last three years. Each time she obtained a new mate, the new companion was destroyed for killing livestock.
Before being taken out, the wolves managed to kill a guard dog that was protecting its domestic sheep flock on the Bridger-Teton National Forest last week.
After lobbing heavy criticism last week at Questar and the company's year-round drilling program, and expressing his belief that oil and gas activity is having significant impacts on sage grouse in the region, Pinedale's Kirby Hedrick has resigned from the Upper Green River Valley Sage Grouse Working Group, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed Tuesday.
The great photo of Brandon Weed on a racehorse in last week's Examiner page on Indian relay racing was incorrectly labeled as to who took the photo. It was Cass Urbigkit who took the picture, although his mother did enjoy getting credit, since her photos weren't as good.
Farm Bureau meeting
Sublette County Farm Bureau will hold a meeting at the Farm Bureau office in Pinedale at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1. All Farm Bureau members are welcome to attend, as is anyone interested in working with the local chapter on specific natural resource issues.
The Wyoming Legislature's Select Water Committee will hold a joint meeting with the Wyoming Water Development Commission this week. The meeting will be held Aug. 25 and 26 in at the Big Horn Federal Bank in Thermopolis. On Thursday morning's agenda is this item: "Pinedale, Fremont Lake and Instream Flow."
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will meet at the WG&F regional office in Casper on Sept. 9 and 10. On Friday, Sept. 10, included on the agenda is a discussion of the document, "Draft minimum programmatic standards recommended by the WG&F to sustain important wildlife habitats affected by oil and gas development;" grizzly bear delisting process and grizzly bear occupancy public input process; sage grouse conservation planning; and an update on the statewide bighorn/domestic sheep interaction working group.
Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice William U. Hill announced that the Judicial Nominating Commission will accept expressions of interest through Sept. 20 from qualified persons interested in filling a supreme court vacancy. The vacancy occurs following the announcement of the Honorable Justice Larry L. Lehman that he will retire effective Dec. 31. Lehman has served on the Wyoming Supreme Court since July 8, 1994.
Governor Dave Freudenthal will appoint the supreme court justice from a list of three names submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Governor Dave Freudenthal sent a letter this week to President George W. Bush urging federal officials to work closely together in efforts to eradicate brucellosis in the nation's cattle herds. Montana Governor Judy Martz and Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne wrote to federal officials with similar concerns.
Freudenthal reminded the President that individual states' efforts could only go so far. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the federal agency most closely associated with the fight against brucellosis, must be given both ample funding and the support of other federal agencies, he wrote.
Among actions the governor said the federal government can and should take are expedited research and funding for methods to fight the disease. Federal research dollars for livestock and wildlife vaccine research, wildlife management, testing and monitoring continue to diminish, he said, while the need for innovation continues to climb.
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