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UW PROGRAMS

UW to review academic programs for importance

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Every academic program at the University of Wyoming Board will be reviewed to see if it needs restructuring or elimination.

In search for possible budget reductions, the UW Board of Trustees this week assigned the task to David Jones, vice president for academic affairs.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that UW students have 118 degrees to choose. In comparison, Colorado State University offers 72.

As the only public four-year institution in the state, Jones says UW has offered as many different options as possible instead of focusing on a specific area, such as engineering.

UW President Dick McGinity says the review is one of the most significant things he's experienced during his term as president.

Jones says the review could take the rest of the semester.

COAL PRODUCTION

Coal production down in Wyoming's Powder River Basin

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Coal production in northeast Wyoming declined by 4.8 percent in 2015.

The 12 active mines in the Powder River Basin dug out 363.3 million tons of coal last year, 18.5 million tons less than the 381.8 million tons mined in 2014.

The Gillette News Record reports that since the basin's high production mark of 446.5 million tons produced in 2008, production is off by 19 percent. That's a drop of nearly one-fifth in eight years.

The Powder River Basin is the nation's largest coal-producing region. It produces some of the world's cleanest-burning coal for significantly less than it costs to mine elsewhere.

The coal industry is being hurt by increased federal regulation and restrictions as well as low prices for competing natural gas.

WOLF MANAGEMENT

Wolf management reaching new levels of success in region

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Research in Montana finds that aggressively dealing with wolves that kill livestock works better than a gradual approach.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Liz Bradley says her research found that since killing livestock is a learned behavior for wolves it's more effective for wildlife managers to remove more of the wolves earlier if that's the best option available.

Bradley tells the Missoulian that in the long run the strategy of removing a pack of wolves earlier actually ends up killing fewer wolves.

She says that's because removing just a few wolves from a pack at a time over five or six years adds up.

UW--COAL COUNCIL

UW administrator appointed to National Coal Council

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The director of the University of Wyoming's Carbon Management Institute has been appointed to serve on the National Coal Council.

Kipp Coddington was appointed by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The council is a private, nonprofit advisory group that provides recommendations and guidance on policy issues pertaining to coal.

Coddington is a chemical engineer and lawyer who began his work in the UW School of Energy Resources in 2015.

He is the second person from UW appointed to the council. The other is Maohong Fan, professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science's Department of Chemical Engineering.

HEALTH ADMINISTRATORS

Wyoming Health Department facilities get new leaders

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - New leaders have taken over at Wyoming Department of Health facilities in Evanston and Buffalo.

Rich Dunkley is the new Wyoming State Hospital administrator. Dunkley previously held the superintendent position for three of the agency's Aging Division facilities and worked specifically as the administrator of the Veterans' Home of Wyoming.

John Snyder has replaced Dunkley as interim administrator for the Veterans' Home in Buffalo.

Snyder was most recently a purchasing and accounting manager at a manufacturer in Sheridan.

COWBOY POETRY-WESTERN CONFLICT

Cowboy poets gather in Nevada with eye on Oregon conflict

RENO, Nev. (AP) - As troubadours, fiddlers and scribes head to northeast Nevada for a national gathering to celebrate cowboy poetry and culture, the topic of the sometimes tenuous relationship between the Old West and the realities of the New West will be more than campfire conversation.

The 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering opens Monday in Elko, a rural community halfway between Reno and Salt Lake City that is similar in its turbulent history to the place about 200 miles away in Oregon where a national wildlife refuge has been seized by armed men protesting federal ownership of land.

The weeklong festival features a slate of speeches and discussion panels about many of the wide-open spaces where conservation is a good word, but environmentalism sometimes is not; where patriotism is revered, but the U.S. government is often despised.