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Northern Arapaho Tribe blasts Wyoming's bid to EPA
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject a request from the state to halt implementation of the agency's decision that over 1 million acres around Riverton remains legally Indian Country.
Attorneys for the tribe wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy this week urging her to reject the request the state submitted earlier this month.
The state plans a legal appeal of the EPA's recent conclusion that a 1905 federal law opening part of the Wind River Indian Reservation to settlement by non-Indians didn't extinguish the land's reservation status.
The EPA addressed the boundary issue when it granted a request from the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes to treat their joint reservation as a separate state under the federal Clean Air Act.
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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) - The secretary of the Air Force says she senses morale issues among airmen and officers in charge of the nation's nuclear force but remains confident in its mission. Secretary Deborah Lee James visited the three bases that care for the arsenal this week, starting with F.E. Warren in Wyoming on Tuesday. Her trip was in response to cheating and drug scandals the Air Force announced last week as well as other missteps The Associated Press revealed last year.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - There may be a silver lining to the Powder River Basin's coal-bed methane bust: A new report shows water levels in some monitoring wells are rising now that gas production is falling. Many ranchers saw their stock wells and even their home drinking water wells go dry during the coal-bed methane boom that began 15 years ago.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming's branch campus in Casper has a new name. The UW Board of Trustees recently approved changing the name from UW/Casper College Center to the University of Wyoming at Casper. The board says the name change will help clarify that the Casper faculty and academic programs in Casper are from the state's university.