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Mar 19, 2013 The Associated Press

Elk, bison feeding ending for season

JACKSON -- Supplemental winter feeding for elk and bison will soon be ending in northwestern Wyoming.

The state recently began phasing out feeding at its three feeding grounds in the Gros Ventre drainage.

Meanwhile, the National Elk Refuge in Jackson will also start ending feeding elk alfalfa pellets this week. Elk refuge biologist Eric Cole said the state's decision and favorable weather led to the decisionRefuge managers don't want the Gros Ventre area coming to the refuge to feed because the state is no longer feeding them.

The average end of feeding there is April 4.

Mockler named to state tax board

CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead has appointed former Cheyenne state Sen. Jayne Mockler to the Wyoming Board of Equalization.

Mockler replaces Deborah Smith, who retired in December of 2012. The Board of Equalization is a full-time board with three members who hear tax disputes in the state. Appointees are confirmed by the Senate.

Mockler was born in Jackson and served in the Legislature from 1992 to 2008. She has served on many boards, including the Wyoming Taxpayers Association and the Wyoming affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

School security issues studied

An interim legislative committee is studying how to improve school security in Wyoming.

The panel is looking at training, safer building and school resource officers. Gov. Matt Mead asked the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security to start the group.

Federal funds that pay for resource officers are drying up.

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