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Volume 6, Number 20 - August 10, 2006
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Reporter's Notes

Heat and precip

The Wyoming Agricultural Statistics Service reported that unrelenting heat continued into last week, although more normal temperatures arrived during the week. Moisture in most areas also brought some relief. All stations recorded above-normal average temperatures for the week, with the exception of Worland. High temperatures again reached the 100s at many stations. Low temperatures were in the mid-30s to low-50s.

The Big Piney Airport recorded a high temperature during theweek at 90, with a low of 35. The high temperature in the state was 108 in Dillinger while the low was 33 in Jackson.

Most reporting stations in the state received some moisture with variable amounts during the week. Most areas in the southeast and northwest recorded no precipitation as storms moved around them. Accumulative precipitation for the year was two-to-four inches below normal in most areas. The Big Piney station has recorded year-to-date precipitation at 3.04 inches, which is 1.53 inches below normal.

High temperatures remained but some areas received enough moisture to keep range condition and moisture supplies from slipping further. Topsoil moisture was adequate in 9 percent of the state, up from only 7 percentlast week, but still down from 37 percent last year. Subsoil moisture was adequate in 9 percent of the state, unchanged from two weeks ago.

Range land and pastures continued to suffer. Only 6 percent was good, down five points. Stock water supplies were 33 percent adequate, compared with 38 percent two weeks earlier. Some stock ponds were drying up.

Protecting I-80

Jackson Republican Peter Moyer is seeking election to Jackson’s Senate District 17, and is basing his campaign on conservation– conservation of the I-80 corridor in southern Wyoming. According to Moyer’s ad in Planet Jackson Hole, the I-80 corridor “is a critical part of Wyoming ... yet approximately one-half of this corridor is private land owned by one company.” Moyer noted that not many people would want the corridor to “ever look like the Colorado Front Range, where wide-open spaces and wildlife habitat have given way to endless suburban housing developments.”

Moyer advocates “to trade a tiny fraction of 1 percent of our federal subsurface mineral resources in Wyoming” for protection of this corridor. He pledged to “put heart and soul into getting it done.”


In a meeting last week, Sublette County Commissioners agreed to provide $55,000 to Mosquito Abatement District No. 2 for additional spraying for mosquitoes in the county. District Clerk Jim Carbley said that with three new groups of property owners wanting to be involved (Emigration Ranch Subdivision near the Green River, the Wild Horse Subdivision near the New Fork River and the Daniel area) the district will be spraying a total of 40,000 acres.

Carbley said the commission has been generous in providing funds for spraying in recent years, including paying for spraying in areas before property owners become part of the district and are able to tax themselves for mosquito control.

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