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May 24, 2013 - The Associated Press

Farmers market impact noted

The Wyoming Business Council says those little farmers markets in the state have a big impact on the economy.

Data compiled by the council's Agribusiness Division says the markets contributed more than $2.2 million to the state's economy in 2012.

There were direct sales of about $1.7 million, which generated secondary sales of more than $527,000. The study found that the markets supported the equivalent of about 20 jobs with income totally nearly $525,000.

Kim Porter, of the Business Council, says there will be at least 46 markets around Wyoming this season, which runs from about June to October in most places. However, a few farmers markets operate in the winter.

Greys River plan recommended

JACKSON -- Planning and zoning staff in Lincoln County are recommending approval of a controversial proposed subdivision development on private land surrounded by the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming.

The BlindBull Meadows development would be built near the Greys River between the Wyoming and Salt River mountain ranges 35 miles south of Jackson.

The county staff recommended approval of the development, with stipulations, in a report released Wednesday. The proposal still needs approval by the Lincoln County Planning and Zoning Commission and County Commission before development can proceed.

Developer Dan Schwab proposes to build 43 cabins and RV pads, a convenience store and an airstrip on the 73-acre site.

County planners recommend requiring a number of conditions before the county grants approval. They include requiring a fence to keep out wildlife and not allowing a proposed man-made pond on the site.

Also, the airstrip couldn't be used during the winter to protect big game.

The planners got hundreds of emails about the project, most in opposition.

Guardrail at fatal site to be replaced

JACKSON -- The Wyoming Department of Transportation is planning to replace a western Wyoming bridge where a bicyclist fell over a guardrail and died last year but the project won't happen until at least 2016.

At 29 inches high, the guardrail on the bridge is more than a foot below the modern safety standard of at least 42 inches high.

Robert Verhaaren lost control of his bike during a race in September. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports he died after he went over the guardrail and fell nearly 60 feet into the Snake River.

WyDOT officials say the 40-year-old bridge on U.S. Highway 89 has been on their list of bridges to replace. They say the department won't have funding for the work until at least October 2016.

Beartooth opening delayed

A spring storm bearing snow and ice has delayed the reopening of the Beartooth Highway connecting Yellowstone National Park and Red Lodge, Mont.

The highway was to open Friday morning, but park officials say it might not be ready all day.

Snow and ice also delayed the opening of the road over Dunraven Pass inside the park. All other park roads and entrances have opened for the season.

Yellowstone officials expected plowing to be delayed by two weeks because of federal budget cuts, but the Wyoming Department of Transportation used money raised by local communities to avoid delays.

Jackson contributed $70,000.

Wyoming 70 over Battle Pass in south-central Wyoming opened Friday. Wyoming 130 over the Snowy Range opened Thursday.

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