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A May festival will focus on the birds and the wildlife that make the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem so unique.

“Spring into Yellowstone: Cody Birding and Wildlife Festival,” runs May 15-19.

A fire roughly northeast of Lovell had burned 1,528 acres as of Monday morning, but firefighters on the scene were getting it under control.

Wyoming’s wolf hunting quota could be reduced by half this year.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is proposing that the total 2013 quota in the wolf trophy game management and seasonal wolf trophy game management areas should be 26 wolves. Last year, it was 52 wolves.

Grizzly bears could be delisted in the next year or so, but it must be proven the bruins can get by without whitebark pine nuts.

That’s what Mark Bruscino said at the Wyoming Outfitters Guide Association and Cody Country Outfitters and Guides Association meeting Saturday morning in Cody.

Restoration begins

Workers are fixing the tallest chimney in these parts.

The chimney, formerly a hospital boiler smokestack at the old Japanese American internment camp above the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, is leaning to one side. It won’t get straightened, but the chimney will be repaired and repointed by remortaring the brickwork joints.


Send in the snowplows

Thanks to successful community fundraising campaigns, snowplows from Wyoming will plow the east and south entrances of Yellowstone National Park, allowing them to open on schedule, May 3 and May 10, respectively.

Buffalo Bill Reservoir may not fill to the brim this spring, but it should be full enough for irrigation needs during the spring and summer.

If the reservoir receives the expected inflows, there will be adequate water to meet needs downstream, said Mahonri Williams, chief of the bureau’s Water and Lands Division in Mills.

Two elk taken in the Big Horn Mountains by hunters last fall tested positive for brucellosis last week, said a news release from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The two elk, one bull and one cow, were harvested approximately 15 miles west of Burgess Junction.

Suppressors may muffle the blast, but the desire by some to allow hunters or others to attach silencers to their guns was heard loud and clear in Cheyenne last week.

A similar bill to allow silencers or suppressors died in the House last month, but a second bill was introduced and eased through the Senate.

"We’re going to get started with the final (14-A widening) phase this year,” said Cody Beers, spokesman for the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

Beers was referring to the final stretch of U.S. 14-A between Powell and Cody awaiting construction work that will transform most of the remaining two lanes to five lanes. The project has spanned more than a decade of off-and-on highway construction.


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