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May 6, 2012 - Staff

17 Mile Road paving starts

Paving of a half-mile of 17 Mile Road, also known as Fremont County Road 334, has started on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Highway improvements begin at 17 Mile Road's intersection with Wyoming 132 (Blue Sky Highway), south of Ethete, and extend east .5 miles to 17 Mile Road's intersection with Yellowcalf Road.

"Weather permitting, the paving is expected to be complete in about four working days," said Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.

"Please slow down for your safety, and the safety of workers in the area," he said.

Patrick Construction Inc. of Lander is the prime contractor on the $1.49 million project.

Contract completion date is Oct. 31.

Deadline approaches for youth camp

Wyoming youth who would like to spend a week learning outdoor skills and participating in shooting sports, fishing, canoeing, hiking, rappelling, and other outdoor activities are reminded that the deadline to apply for the 2012 Wyoming Game and Fish Department Conservation Camp is May 18.

The deadline is more than a week earlier than last year's.

Camp dates this year are July 29 to Aug. 3. It is free of charge and is available to youth ages 14 to 17.

It is held at the Whiskey Mountain Wildlife Conservation Camp located near scenic Trail Lake, 10 miles southeast of Dubois.

To be eligible, students must live in Wyoming and be recommended by a teacher or youth leader. Most equipment is provided.

Each camper is required to provide personal gear, including sleeping bag, hiking boots, rain gear, and cool-weather clothing. Camp size is set at 40 openings.

The Game and Fish will accept applications through 5 p.m. on May 18. Application forms are available at any regional office of the Game and Fish, online at wgfd.wyo.gov or by calling (307) 777-4538.

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