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Aug 5, 2012 - From staff reports

Chip sealing beginning on Togwotee

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has scheduled chip sealing to begin Monday, Aug. 6, on Togwotee Pass section of U.S. 26-287 between Dubois and Moran Junction.

Travelers should expect up to 15-minute stop delays. Weather permitting, work is scheduled dawn to dusk, Monday through Saturday.

Flaggers will be posted and pilot cars will lead traffic through the area. The Togwotee Pass/Fourmile section is located about 25 miles west of Dubois and 14.5 miles east of Moran Junction.

Chipsealing will begin on the eastern end at milepost 31, and continue west 16.4 miles to milepost 14.5.

On the Rosie's Ridge stretch, the construction zone between mileposts 11 and 14.5 is still in effect with expected 15-minute stop delays.

"Please slow down when traveling through the chip seal area to prevent broken windshields," said Doug Jensen, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Dubois.

"Chip seal areas are swept at the end of each day, but loose rock may still be present," Jensen said.

Ride to the Festival of the Cowboys

The Festival of the Cowboys is happening from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Big Wind Hall in Crowheart.

The free event will offer arts and crafts, cowboy music and poetry, as well as a ranch rodeo starting at noon. There will also be a Dutch oven cookoff, a chicken drop contest, horseshoe pitching, kids's activities, cowboy chow and more.

For more information, call (307) 486-2238. The Festival of the Cowboy receives supported in part from a grant by the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the Wyoming Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hunters miss leftover game licenses

The Wyoming Game and Fish reported that numerous hunters who website shortly after 8 a.m. on July 10 or 17 to get a leftover license found that the area they wanted was unavailable.

Leftover full-price elk, deer, and antelope licenses went on sale at 8 a.m. on July 10 and reduced price cow/calf elk and doe fawn deer and antelope licenses were released a week later on July 17.

More than 2,500 full-price licenses were sold in the first 30 minutes after 8 a.m. on July 10 and over 5,500 reduced-price licenses were sold within the first half-hour after the 8 a.m. starting time on July 17.

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