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Nov 18, 2013 - From staff reports

Student senate sponsoring food drive

The Central Wyoming College Student Senate is sponsoring a canned food drive through November.

Nonperishable items may be delivered to Room 107 in the CWC Main Hall. The deadline for donations is noon Nov. 26.

For more information, call 840-5060.

WSGA urges Wyoming to donate

The Wyoming Stock Growers Association is urging its membership and Wyoming residents to give to those in the agriculture industry affected by October blizzard Atlas.

"The recent storm, accompanied by freezing temperatures and high winds, caused unprecedented devastation to many of our ranching neighbors in South Dakota," said executive vice president Jim Magagna. "WSGA has been told that losses of cattle have exceeded 20,000 head. Should you be interested in making in-kind donations of livestock to repopulate herds, we urge you to contact the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, The South Dakota Stockgrowers or the South Dakota Sheep Growers."

The majority of cattle losses were in South Dakota where a Rancher Relief Fund is now accepting donations. To donate to the Rancher Relief Fund visit, www.giveblackhills.org and search "Rancher Relief Fund." Donors also can mail checks to the "Rancher Relief Fund" Black Hills Community Area Foundation/SD Rancher Relief Fund, P.O. Box 231, Rapid City, SD 57709.

For those looking to donate specifically to Nebraska, donations can be sent to the Cattlemen Relief Fund at the Chadron Community Foundation at P.O. Box 1125, Chadron, NE 69337.

While various Wyoming producers have experienced cattle loss because of blizzard Atlas, it is clear the vast majority of cattle losses have occurred in South Dakota and Nebraska. WSGA trusts the Rancher Relief Fund, the Cattlemen Relief Fund and the organizations associated will help all producers involved.

Marketplace workshop planned

All Fremont County residents are invited to attend a free workshop on the health insurance marketplace.

The workshop will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Room 171 and Computer Lab 157 in the Main Hall at Central Wyoming College.

The lesson will be presented by Judy Strausberger, a certified application counselor and outreach/enrollment coordinator for Fremont Community Health Center, and Karla Borders, the navigator marketplace program coordinator for Wyoming Senior Citizens Inc.

Strausberger and Borders will provide free marketplace information to attendees and help them create online accounts, apply for eligibility and assist with enrollment in health coverage. Mail-in applications also will be available at the workshop.

BLM posts proposed parcels for sale

The Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Office has posted its proposed list of parcels for the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Feb. 11 at the Holiday Inn in Cheyenne. Doors open at 7 a.m. with the auction beginning at 8 a.m.

The posted list, which identifies 167 proposed parcels totaling 154,000 acres, initiates a 30-day public protest period.

The parcels are located in Big Horn, Campbell, Converse, Crook, Fremont, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Washakie and Weston counties in Wyoming and Sioux County in Nebraska.

Copies of the complete February 2014 competitive oil and gas lease sale notice will be available at the sale and may be purchased in advance for $5 from the State Office at 5353 Yellowstone Road in Cheyenne or by writing to BLM, Attn: Copy Work, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, WY 82003.

Copies also are available for purchase from each BLM field office in Wyoming. The Fremont County office is at 1335 Main St., Lander.

The complete February 2014 competitive oil and gas lease sale notice may be viewed and/or downloaded for free at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/energy/Oil_and_Gas/Leasing.html. Also available at this website are the oil and gas leasing environmental assessments, including public comments, for the February 2014 oil and gas lease sale.