With -15 possible, Laramie delays holiday parade
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Laramie is postponing its annual downtown holiday parade and tree lighting because of the continuing cold snap.
The event had been scheduled for Friday night, when temperatures could drop as low minus 15. With a lot of children expected, the Laramie Boomerang says organizers decided to delay the tradition until Dec. 13.
Eight floats are scheduled to be in the parade. Mary Brown of the Downtown Laramie Business Association says she hopes the delay and the prospect of warmer weather will encourage more groups to sponsor floats next week.
High temperatures across the state are forecast to remain in the single digits through the weekend.
UW trustees hold special meeting
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees is meeting for the first time since President Bob Sternberg's resignation after less than five months on the job.
The board scheduled a special meeting for Friday. It will first gather in closed session to discuss personnel and property matters, followed by a public session.
When the board last met about a month ago, it was surprised by Sternberg's resignation, effective Dec. 31.
The board has not yet discussed openly how it will go about searching for a new president. Under a state law enacted last winter, the board can conduct its search entirely in secret.
However, the UW Faculty Senate has said it wants the names of finalists publicized well in advance of a decision by the regents.
Chris DeRose offers Casper missing dog reward
(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com)
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Former actor and animal rights activist Chris DeRose is offering a $2,500 reward in response to claims of a spike in missing dogs in Casper.
Members of the Wyoming Missing Canines, a citizens group, believes a dog theft ring is responsible for taking as many as 170 dogs in the last few months. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Friday that members turned DeRose for help for finding and prosecuting the suspected thieves.
Wyoming Missing Canines' figures are much higher than tallies of missing dogs kept by police and metro animal control.
DeRose says most people don't report missing dogs to the police. He thinks the more accurate number of missing dogs may be somewhere between the 170 reported by the citizens' group and the 41 reported by animal control.
SOUTH PARK WILDLIFE
Most of South Park Wildlife area closed for season
(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com)
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Most of the South Park Wildlife Habitat Management Area south of Jackson has been closed for the season because elk are moving onto the feeding ground.
The Jackson Hole Daily reported Friday that the eastern third of the 972-acre wildlife area is still open to allow for waterfowl hunting. Foot access for duck and goose hunting will be allowed until Jan. 1 as long as hunters don't disturb the elk. Managers want to make sure elk don't get pushed onto private land and near livestock.
About 1,000 elk winter at the area each year.
Elk Foundation preserves Laramie Range habitat
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has worked out an agreement with landowners to give permanent protection to more than 3,300 acres along the eastern front of Wyoming's Laramie Range.
Blake Henning is vice president of lands and conservation for the Missoula, Mont.-based foundation. He says the transaction protects wildlife habitat from the threat of increasing development and also stands as the group's first conservation easement in Platte County.
Ryan Amundson is biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He says conservation easements can play a key role with willing landowners in conserving the best wildlife habitat.
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