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Nov 13, 2012 - The Associated Press

Veterans and recruits honored

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming veterans as well as newly recruited members of the military were honored in Veterans Day ceremonies in Wyoming.

On Sunday, Gov. Matt Mead, Sen. John Barrasso, veterans and others attended a chilly outdoor ceremony at Beth El Cemetery in Cheyenne. One veteran who has been attending the ceremony for more than 20 years, Larry James, said the ceremony also provides a welcome chance to see old friends.

Mead also attended a ceremony at the state Capitol recognizing 55 young people who have enlisted in the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy.

Sen. Mike Enzi and his wife Diana, meanwhile, attended Veterans Day events in Casper.

Sunday marked the official commemoration of Veterans Day, but the federal holiday is being observed Monday.

Griz deaths human caused

JACKSON -- Six recent grizzly bear deaths in the Wyoming portion of the Yellowstone ecosystem are being investigated as human-caused.

Because the incidents are being investigated, Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials are revealing few details but they come at a time when grizzly-hunter encounters are most frequent. The grizzly bear is protected under federal law.

The string marks the 40th through 45th grizzly deaths in the ecosystem this year.

Mark Bruscino, of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, says it is about an average year for grizzly deaths in Wyoming.

Bruscino says the string of bear deaths has little bearing on the overall health of the ecosystem's grizzlies.

He said the grizzly population continues to grow.

UW cuts ribbon on big computer

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming now has a second lightning-quick computer for researchers to use.

Less than a month after the doors opened on the supercomputer in Cheyenne, officials marked the official opening for "Mount Moran," a supercomputer designed and built specifically for UW researchers.

It is nowhere near as quick as the new National Center for Atmospheric Research's "Yellowstone" in Cheyenne, but it is substantially faster than what UW had before.

Tim Kuhfuss is UW's director of research support for information technology.

Some of the researchers running data through Mount Moran will use it as a stepping stone to gain time on Yellowstone.

Big names speak at forum

CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead, former Gov. Mike Sullivan and former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson will be among the featured speakers at a business forum in Cheyenne this week.

All three will be dinner speakers Wednesday at the Wyoming Business Alliance 30th Annual Wyoming Forum. The dinner will kick off two days of discussion groups.

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