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Jun 27, 2012 - The Associated Press

Jackson Lake Dam releases reduced

JACKSON -- Federal water managers have begun their annual procedure of closing down the spigot out of Jackson Lake Dam in northwest Wyoming.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation cut back flows from 4,000 to 3,800 cubic feet per second on Monday. Similar reductions are planned in the days ahead.

Bureau officials say water flows into Jackson Lake peaked at about 6,000 cfs on June 5. Those flows into the reservoir are now down to about 3,500 cfs.

The plan is to reduce flows to 2,000 cfs and keep it at that amount until early October.

That will leave Jackson Lake about three-quarters full heading into the winter.

Gas leak prompts Teton evacuation

TETON VILLAGE -- A leaking gas line prompted authorities to evacuate several businesses in the heart of Teton Village in Jackson Hole.

There was no fire and the evacuation was lifted after about three hours Tuesday.

Teton County officials say the leak in the propane gas line happened while fiber optic lines were being installed. Crews damaged the 2-inch line while digging beneath the famous red tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Businesses evacuated at the ski resort included the Terra Hotel and the Mangy Moose bar and restaurant.

Utility crews temporarily clamped off the line. Permanent repairs will be made later.

Mead expresses concern for EPA rules

CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead says the Environmental Protection Agency should drop a proposed rule on carbon dioxide emissions standards for new power plants.

In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Mead says the proposal would be particularly damaging to Wyoming, which is the nation's leading coal producing state.

The governor says the proposed standards are unachievable and will arrest research, development and commercialization of clean technologies.

He says it would have grave implications on the continuing viability of coal as an energy source and on the economic stability of Wyoming and the nation.

In March, the EPA issued guidelines that could limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as 2013.

Game and Fish implements fire ban

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is banning open fires on all lands it administers in the southeastern and central parts of the state.

Game and Fish officials say the hot, dry weather has significantly raised the risk of wildfires.

The fire ban means that burning a fire, charcoal, or coal or wood stove is prohibited.

Smoking also isn't allowed except in a developed site or area clear of flammable material.

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