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Jul 3, 2012 - The Associated Press
Wyoming coal train derails
PASCO, Wash. -- Railroad workers are cleaning up coal that spilled when 31 cars of a 125-car coal train derailed at the town of Mesa, about 20 miles north of the Tri-Cities.
Franklin County sheriff's Lt. Ronelle Nelson says no one was injured and no buildings were damaged when the train derailed Monday evening.
It was carrying coal from Wyoming to a terminal at Delta, British Columbia.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas said 50 workers using heavy equipment worked through the night to clear the track.
He says some priority trains will be able to roll through the area Tuesday afternoon on a siding, and the main line should reopen to all traffic by 8 p.m. Tuesday. About 30 trains a day travel through the area, including a Portland-Chicago Amtrak.
Comment sought on wind farm
RAWLINS -- A huge wind farm development proposed for southern Wyoming has cleared an important hurdle.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday that an environmental review has been completed for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind farm south of Rawlins. The Bureau of Land Management will take comment on it through July 30 before issuing a final review.
An affiliate of the Denver-based Anschutz Corp. wants to build the 1,000-turbine farm on two sites about five miles apart. Together they would produce enough power for up to 1 million homes. The BLM says would make it the largest U.S. commercial wind farm and one of the largest in the world.
Residents have expressed concerns that the wind turbines would affect their view of landmarks and be visible from Interstate 80.
Leftover hunting licenses on sale
CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will offer leftover licenses for elk, deer and antelope to the public.
The licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis starting on July 10. The sale of reduced-price licenses will start July 17.
Licenses are available to both residents and nonresidents. Hunters may purchase licenses online or from game department regional offices.
Many of the leftover licenses are for areas where access to public lands may be limited. Most of the leftover elk tags are for antlerless elk only.
UW offers fire protection info
LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming Extension Disaster Education Network site contains emergency contacts and information to help homeowners with wildfires and other natural and human-caused disasters.
UW extension educator Ron Cunningham the network is a national organization of extension people all over the United States who work on all emergencies.
He says it has information for all kinds of emergencies: wildfires, floods, blizzards.
For example, the Living with Fire link takes readers to a website of the same name offering information about creating defensible space, embers, evacuations, living with fire and what to do after a fire.
The information can be reached at: http://uwyo.edu/ces . Click on Extension Educational Program Areas on the left-hand side, then Ag and Natural Resources, and then the link under Disasters.