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BLM wild horse roundup planned for SW Wyoming

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management plans to begin gathering wild horses in southwest Wyoming this week.

A BLM press release says horses will be collected from the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek herd management areas located south of Interstate 80 to the Wyoming-Colorado border from Rock Springs to Wamsutter.

The BLM plans to gather about 700 wild horses and treat female horses with fertility control. The two areas are located on public, private and state land in Sweetwater and Carbon counties.

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports that the roundup is expected to last roughly four weeks or until the designated number of excess wild horses have been removed. The last area roundup was conducted in October 2010.

Animals removed from the areas will be available for adoption.


Northern Arapaho say feds blocked air regulations

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Northern Arapaho Tribe says the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to block tribal efforts to gain authority to monitor air quality on the Wind River Indian Reservation and the surrounding area.

Gov. Matt Mead, the Fremont County Commission and others are opposing a pending application from the Northern Arapaho Tribe and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe.

The tribes have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to recognize areas around Riverton as being within the reservation boundaries.

Wyoming maintains Congress excluded the areas from the reservation over a century ago.

The Northern Arapaho Business Council this month wrote U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder saying the Justice Department blocked the EPA from releasing a decision this summer.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cheyenne declined comment.


Gov. names lawyer Kate Fox to Wyo. Supreme court

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Cheyenne lawyer Kate Fox has been named to the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Gov. Matt Mead on Thursday announced his choice of Fox to succeed retiring Justice Barton Voigt, who will serve until early January.

Fox is 58 and a partner at the Cheyenne law firm Davis & Cannon. She has worked in employment law and natural resource law.

Fox graduated top of her class at University of Wyoming College of Law and clerked for U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer after graduation.

The state's Judicial Nominating Commission had forwarded Fox's name and those of Cheyenne lawyers Patrick Day and Robert Tiedeken to Mead for consideration.

Fox will be the second woman to serve on the Wyoming Supreme Court. Current Chief Justice Marilyn Kite was the first woman on the court.


BLM okay's Ruby Pipeline again after new review

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Federal land managers say they intend to reissue a right-of-way for a 678-mile mile natural gas pipeline from Wyoming to Oregon now that scientists have completed a second environmental review correcting deficiencies in the first one struck down by a U.S. appeals court.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management published a new record of decision in the Federal Register on Thursday and issued a revised final supplemental environmental impact statement for Kinder Morgan's Ruby Pipeline.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that BLM hadn't done enough to ensure protection of the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout and other rare fish in Wyoming, northern Utah, northern Nevada and southern Oregon.

BLM officials say the new review has more detailed information about the cumulative loss of habitat across the region.


Chad Reese leaves UW team

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Junior safety Chad Reese has left the Wyoming football team.

The UW athletics department says in a short statement that Reese left for personal reasons. No other details were given.

Reese was seventh on the team with 39 tackles this season in seven games this season. He had no interceptions or pass breakups.

Reese had started the last three games for the Cowboys.

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