Wyoming Digest

Oct 3, 2017 From wire reports

Hunters take dozen wolves on opening day

JACKSON HOLE (AP) -- The three-month long wolf hunting season is under way in Wyoming.

A dozen wolves were legally harvested in the first 40 hours Sunday, over a quarter of the total wolves that can be killed in the state's managed hunt area.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department carnivore manager Ken Mills attributed the considerable success to the opener falling on a weekend, winter weather pushing lots of sportsmen into the field, and also a species that may temporarily have lost its fear of mankind.

Mills says it has been three years since the last hunting season. He says because of this, "there's almost a whole new generation of wolves out there and they're naive to human hunters."

Barrasso says he was in running for cabinet

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming says the White House reached out to him about its vacant Health and Human Services secretary position, but that he is not going to join President Donald Trump's administration.

Barrasso said on Monday that he was honored to speak with the White House, but he believes he can best "represent Wyoming and help the president by fighting for a conservative agenda as an ally in Congress."

Barrasso, a medical doctor by trade, has been vocal in supporting GOP's repeated efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He is the fourth-ranking Republican in the Senate.

The White House position became available following the ousting of previous secretary Tom Price, who faced criticism over the use of private charter planes.

State gets significant snowfall

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Up to a foot of heavy snow fell in parts of southeast and western Wyoming.

The National Weather Service posted winter storm warnings Monday for the Laramie Mountains, the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre Mountains in southeast Wyoming.

No unnecessary travel was advised Monday on Wyoming 130 in the Snowy Range.

Up to a foot of snow fell in the area.

Elsewhere, Laramie received about 5 inches (12.7 cm).

The snow caused some slick road conditions and reduced speeds along Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne.

Another bear trapped, moved

JACKSON (AP) -- Wyoming game managers have trapped and relocated an adult male grizzly bear because it was damaging property on private land.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the bear was moved last week.

The bear was captured in the area of the South Fork of the Shoshone River west of Cody and moved to an area southeast of Moran Junction in the Bridger Teton National Forest.

Officials violated public meeting laws

CASPER (AP) -- A judge has ruled that Casper City Council violated public meeting laws in 2015 during an investigation into the then-city manager.

A Casper resident sued the city after council members privately investigated whether former City Manager John Patterson improperly offered a resident city labor and equipment to clean their pond.

According to a transcript of the Sept. 7 oral ruling, Natrona County District Judge Daniel Forgey ruled that city's actions went against the Public Meetings Act. The transcript says whatever action city council took is therefore, by law, null and void.

Interim City Attorney Will Chambers did not respond to requests for comment.

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