Guard cites progress in contamination cleanup
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A project to clean up groundwater contamination in a residential area near the Wyoming Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne is making progress.
The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports state and federal officials told residents Thursday that well samples show lower concentrations of potentially dangerous chemicals than were detected last year.
Hazardous chemicals, including trichloroethylene, that have been used on the base during the past several decades have leaked into the groundwater in that part of north Cheyenne during the past several decades. But the contamination doesn't present a direct health hazard since the base and nearby homes are hooked into the city's water system.
Data collected in September show the amount of TCE detected in the groundwater at various sites has decreased 40 percent to 93 percent compared to 2012.
Wyo. Game & Fish store sells gift products
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department suggests that people still shopping for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for outdoor enthusiast give its store a look.
The Game and Fish store sells a number of items for anglers, hunters and in general, anyone interested in wildlife.
The store sells field-dressing knives, fish knives, clothing, game cookbooks, jerky seasonings and GPS chips with detailed maps of Wyoming public and private lands.
The products are featured on the agency's web site. Shoppers can also purchase gift certificates.
Proceeds from the sale of products support hunter and angler access, habitat restoration and protection and other wildlife programs.
COMMUNITY SKI AREAS
Small Wyoming ski areas looks for ways to survive
(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com)
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming's smaller ski areas don't draw tourist crowds like Jackson or Vail. But they do draw people to a community, and convince them to stay once they've arrived.
However, they're expensive to maintain and often lack lucrative real-estate options like the bigger resorts.
But some small Cowboy State areas are bucking the trend and trying to make it work.
Sleeping Giant near Cody is operating as a nonprofit. White Pine at Pinedale is run by local business owners as a stopgap measure. Antelope Butte in the Bighorn Mountains is considering joining a consortium to help it come back to life.
Casper is investing in the city-owned Hogadon.
Jamie Schectman of the Mountain Rider's Alliance tells the Casper Star-Tribune that small ski areas are important to the ski industry.
Wyoming defeats South Dakota 67-66 in OT
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Larry Nance Jr.'s three-point play with two seconds remaining gave Wyoming a 67-66 overtime victory over South Dakota Saturday night.
Tyler Flack hit a 3-pointer to give South Dakota (3-5) a 66-62 lead with 1:43 remaining in overtime. Nance answered with a dunk, and the game-winning three-point play. Nance scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Derek Cooke Jr. did not miss a shot on his way to eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Wyoming (7-2).
Josh Adams' steal and the ensuing 3-pointer by Riley Grabau gave Wyoming a 60-57 lead with 19 seconds to play in regulation. Yet Adams would foul Brandon Bos, who made his first free throw. Adams fouled Bos again after he missed his second free throw. Bos made his next two free throws, sending the game into overtime tied at 60.
Bos led South Dakota with 22 points.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Bareback rider Steven Peebles won for the second straight round in the National Finals Rodeo, scoring 85.5 points on Cool Water on Saturday night.
Peebles, from Redmond, Ore., has moved from eighth to fourth in the season standings with $119,060.
Defending season champion Kaycee Feild of Spanish Fork, Utah, who took over first place on Friday night, remained in first despite finishing outside the six money positions with a 78.5 on Special Delivery.
Feild, seeking his third consecutive title, has earned $140,307. Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., remained second with $137,305 by placing third with an 81.5 on Make Up Face. Mote is seeking his fifth gold buckle.
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