Groups join Wyoming in opposing end to wolf suit
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Lawyers for the federal government and several groups have joined the state of Wyoming in urging a federal judge not to allow a coalition of environmental groups to drop a lawsuit challenging recent federal action turning wolf management over to the state.
The coalition, led by WildEarth Guardians, last week moved to dismiss their lawsuit pending before U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne. A lawyer for the groups has said they're supporting a similar lawsuit pending in Washington, D.C.
The Wyoming Attorney General's Office on Monday asked Johnson not to allow the environmental groups to drop their lawsuit, accusing them of forum-shopping. Since then, the United States government and a handful of other groups have filed similar requests asking the judge to keep the lawsuit alive.
Feds keep Preble's mouse on threatened list
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The federal government will continue to protect as a threatened species a mouse that lives in Wyoming and Colorado.
The state of Wyoming and the group Coloradoans for Water Conservation had long-standing petitions to remove the Preble's meadow jumping mouse from Endangered Species Act protection.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that following a review, the Preble's mouse will remain listed as a threatened species.
The Preble's mouse has an unusually long tail and can jump long distances but is very similar to other subspecies of jumping mice.
The mouse first was listed as threatened in 1998. For a time, the Preble's mouse was protected in Colorado but not Wyoming.
A judge ruled that the mouse couldn't be protected in one state and not the other.
SEX ASSAULT SENTENCE
Wyo. man sentenced in sex assault on reservation
LANDER, Wyo. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Northern Arapaho man has been ordered to pay restitution over a sexual assault on the Wind River Indian Reservation in October.
Federal prosecutors say 20-year-old Starr Dana Miller, of Arapahoe, was ordered Wednesday to pay restitution of $2,467. He also was sentenced to time served, seven months of home confinement and five years of supervised release.
He had been accused of abusive sexual assault following allegations that he had sexual contact with someone who was physically unable to decline. Details of his plea agreement weren't available in online court records Thursday.
No flooding so far in annual Wyoming runoff
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The annual snowmelt in Wyoming has been uneventful so far with no reports of flooding. But the runoff isn't expected to reach its peak until the first week or 2 of June.
National Weather Service hydrologist Jim Fahey says there have been instances of rivers or streams reaching near capacity this spring on the east side of the Bighorn Mountains but no flooding.
Fahey says the runoff so far has involved snowpack that had accumulated below 10,000 feet. A warm spell a week ago brought a brief rush of water down from the mountains but cooler temperatures this week slowed the melt.
Fahey says the only wild card now is the amount of rain that falls, which can quickly raise rivers and streams already carrying snowmelt water.
No quick fix for Wyo. guardrail where biker died
(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com)
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Transportation is planning to replace a western Wyoming bridge where a bicyclist fell over a guardrail and died last year but the project won't happen until at least 2016.
At 29 inches high, the guardrail on the bridge is more than a foot below the modern safety standard of at least 42 inches high.
Robert Verhaaren lost control of his bike during a race in September. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports he died after he went over the guardrail and fell nearly 60 feet into the Snake River.
WyDOT officials say the 40-year-old bridge on U.S. Highway 89 has been on their list of bridges to replace. They say the department won't have funding for the work until at least October 2016.
Former state Rep. prepares for MMA bout
(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Former state lawmaker Bryan Pedersen of Cheyenne is out of the political ring these days. But on Saturday he will be in another ring.
The 38-year-old Pedersen will step inside a cage Saturday night for a mixed martial arts bout in Cheyenne.
When Pedersen was in the Legislature, he authored a bill that established Wyoming's new MMA commission that establishes rules and regulations for MMA events in the state.
His fight this weekend is part of an effort to promote the sport in Wyoming.
Pedersen tells the Casper Star-Tribune that he believes in the sport and has been training hard for the event.
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