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Gib Mathers

A bill that might aid drivers pushing the speed limit a bit traveled through the Wyoming Senate and was parked in a House committee for consideration today (Tuesday).

Introduced by Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, Senate File 57 would raise the posted speed limit in 65 mph zones to 70 on some highways, if the Wyoming Department of Transportation deems it safe based on engineering and traffic analysis.

It passed the Senate Jan. 22 and was referred to a House committee Jan. 25.

The U.S. Postal Service plans to reduce letter delivery from six days per week, to five beginning Aug. 5, while package delivery would continue six days per week.

The financially troubled service is making the move to save money, but is doing it without a congressional blessing.


Enzi aims for Powell land transfer

If the bill goes through this time around, the Powell Recreation District will gain possession of the shooting range land currently owned by the Bureau of Land Management.

The 322-acre shooting range presently in use is south of Powell on Road 5 and Lane 10. The district has had a special recreation permit with the bureau to operate the shooting range. Heart Mountain Rod and Gun Club has been under contract with the district to manage the facility.

The Wyoming Legislature is aiming a preemptive strike at potential federal restrictions on assault rifles and high capacity magazines.

Other bills would OK concealed weapons in public meetings and allow citizens to pack hideout guns in schools.

A bill upping the price of hunting and fishing licenses to avert a budget deficit predicted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department died in committee Friday.

The Wyoming House Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee voted down House Bill 136. Rep. John Freeman, D-Green River, was the only representative in the nine-member committee to vote in favor of it.

A bill in the Wyoming Legislature, if passed, would allow citizens to cart off roadkill from the state’s roadways.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission would oversee regulations and permitting.

A wood stove malfunction is the suspected cause of a fire that gutted an unoccupied home behind the ADM plant in Garland Saturday night.

“We’re pretty certain he had a wood burning stove that was the culprit,” said Asst. Chief Damian Dicks of the Powell Volunteer Fire Department. The house was completely engulfed before the owners realized it.

Wyoming fell short of its 52 wolf quota in the trophy game zone by 10 when the season ended Dec. 31, 2012.

The limit was not reached, probably because wolves proved harder to hunt than many thought they would be, said Mark Bruscino, Wyoming Game and Fish Department statewide supervisor of the large carnivore management section in Cody.

Two state agencies are advising people to watch the level of mercury in Wyoming fish they eat.

Wyoming got its shot at wolf hunting this fall. Meanwhile, three lawsuits now are aiming to end hunting in Wyoming and return the canines to the Endangered Species List, at least in Wyoming.

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