Volume 5, Number 46 - February 9, 2006
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The federal grazing fee for Western public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management will be $1.56 per animal unit month in 2006, down from $1.79 in 2005. The newly adjusted fee, determined by a congressional formula and effective on March 1, applies to more than 8,000 permits administered by the Forest Service and nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will meet Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16 and 17, at the Hitching Post Inn in Cheyenne. At 10:20 on Thursday, Chris Servheen of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to join WG&F's John Emmerich in discussing the grizzly bear draft de-listing rule and population estimation methodology. The agenda provides for about anhour and a half of discussion.
State of the State
The 58th Wyoming Legislature will convene in a joint session of the Wyoming Senate and House of Representatives on Monday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m., during the first day of legislative proceedings of the 2006 Budget Session. At that time, Governor Dave Freudenthal will deliver his annual State of the State message to the legislature, followed by the State of the Judiciary message, delivered by Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice William Hill. Hill's message will be followed by remarks by Representative Randall Luthi, Speaker of the House, and Senator Grant Larson, President of the Senate.
Sand Draw denied
Sublette County Commissioners once again turned down the application for a malt beverage permit for Sand Draw Station, located at the junction of state highways 191 and 351.
This was the second time in as many months that the commission heard this application, which was denied by the commission in January.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's going to be putting that beer on the highway," Commissioner John Linn Linn said "with nothing but no-good coming out of it."
Commission Chair Betty Fear said she agreed with Linn, noting that there are no houses or people living in the area at this time.
Commissioner Bill Cramer said he doesn't feel the area needs a new full retail liquor license, but said he doesn't have much problem with just a malt beverage permit.
"I would not be opposed to this," Cramer said, making a motion to approve a malt beverage permit, which Fear seconded for discussion.
"I'm not going to promote beer on the highway," Linn said, joining Fear in opposing the motion.
Zane White has filed an application to rezone 280 acres of ag land on Paradise Road near the New Fork River to heavy industrial. The land is near the intersection of Paradise Road and Highway 351. The application will be heard by the county planning and zoning commission in March.
Sublette County Commissioners voted Tuesday to forgive interest on taxes paid by EOG Resources and Yates Petroleum in the amount of $39,336.57. The commission noted that the companies had filed their production reports for tax years 2004 and 2005 with the Department of Revenue in a timely manner, although that information had not been relayed to the county. Since the companies were not at fault and had in fact paid taxes in a timely manner, the commission voted to forgive the interest on the tax.
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