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March 30 designated as Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day

Although a welcome home was long overdue for many Wyoming veterans and troops serving in wars too easily forgotten or reviled, the courageous men and women finally got their just due from Wyoming citizens last week.

A bill passed by the Wyoming Legislature and signed by Gov. Matt Mead this year designates March 30 as Wyoming Veterans Welcome Home Day. That day was celebrated Wednesday at the VFW in Cody.

Although detained Japanese departed the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp in 1945, their presence left a lasting stamp on the landscape of northwest Wyoming.

The internment of Japanese residents is a sad chapter in American history, but visiting the camp gives historians a better feel for that period in history, said University of Wyoming graduate student Mac Blewer.

The good news: Snowpack levels in the upper reaches of the Shoshone River drainages are higher than 100 percent of average.

The bad news: Snowpack levels in the upper reaches of the Shoshone River drainages are higher than 100 percent of average.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday it had reached an agreement to lift gray wolf Endangered Species protections in Montana and Idaho, but not Wyoming.

But it’s not a done deal.

Feds should accept Wyoming’s plan, including predator zone, a state lawmaker says

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has voluntarily withdrawn its appeal of a Federal District Court ruling in Wyoming that questioned the service’s rejection of Wyoming’s gray wolf management plan.

And the service said it will continue negotiations with Wyoming on wolf management.

Although federal officials voiced confidence at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that grizzly bears would be fine if they were delisted, conservation groups weren’t so sanguine.

“It’s just too early and the (grizzly) bear’s habitat too limited to be looking at delisting,” said Jeff Welsh, communications director for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, in Bozeman, Mont.

On Jan. 29, two ice climbers ascended “Cabin Fever.”

Their climb: Straight up “Cabin Fever,” a 200-foot waterfall that dumps into Cabin Creek — which in turn fuels the South Fork of the Shoshone River. Hilary Eisen of Cody and her friend, Rebecca Cedel, of Powell, stand at the foot of the gigantic icicle.

D.C. legislation to rescind wolf ESA protections

A bill to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states would allow states to manage and authorize hunting of the canines.

If passed, the bill would bypass federal judge rulings, said Tim Hockhalter of Timber Creek Outfitters of Crandall.

While bed bugs have been reported in hotels in 14 Wyoming cities, they have invaded the Big Horn Basin as well, according to one pest controller.

Wyoming has had bed bugs reported in Rock Springs, Rawlins, Laramie, Casper, Glenrock, Cheyenne, Gillette, Sheridan and Fort Bridger, said Joyce Johnston, Joyce Johnston, Park County extension horticulturist.

A Montana climber injured Saturday while ice climbing in a canyon of the South Fork was rescued Sunday and transported to West Park Hospital, where she is recovering.

Two climbers, Hilary Eisen, 27, of Cody and Echo Oak, 33, of Billings, Mont., were reported overdue about 10:15 p.m. Saturday when they failed to call after dark as planned.

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