AP News Update

AP News Update

Latest Wyoming news, sports, business and entertainment

TRIBES-AIR QUALITY

Bill would fund Wyoming fight against EPA

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - State lawmakers are working on legislation to help Wyoming fight the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ruling that Riverton is part of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the bill, co-sponsored by Rep. David Miller of Riverton, would earmark an unspecified amount of money for the legal battle.

Wyoming is working on a lawsuit challenging the decision, which must be filed by Feb. 18.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe backs the EPA's decision. Tribe spokesman mark Howell says passing the bill would be akin to "declaring war" against the tribes on the reservation.

The federal agency announced in December that it had concluded a 1905 federal law opening part of the reservation to settlement by non-Indians didn't extinguish the land's reservation status.

BIG BOY LOCOMOTIVE

Big Boy engine restoration could take 3 to 5 years

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Train enthusiasts are hoping an enormous Union Pacific steam locomotive arrives in Cheyenne in time for Depot Days in May, when the railroad opens its facilities to the public.

The 600-ton Big Boy locomotive recently left California for the first leg of its journey. Once in Cheyenne, UP will give Engine 4014 a complete overall in its maintenance shop.

The restoration work will take three to five years.

The executive director of the Cheyenne-area visitors' bureau, Darren Rudloff, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that having a Big Boy engine that is operational will be a big draw.

The engine was one of 25 massive steam engines that began riding the transcontinental rails in 1941. It pulled heavy freight trains over the Wasatch (WAH'-sach) Mountains between Ogden, Utah and Green River, Wyo.

STOCK SHOW SALES

Black Hills Stock Show sales prove popular

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Frigid temperatures failed to cool the bidding during livestock sales at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City.

The Rapid City Journal reports that consigners from Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota brought cattle that attracted the attention of buyers from 13 states.

Show marketing and livestock coordinator Kadee Hande says everyone was pleased with the turnout. She says some buyers stayed home because of the cold weather and called in their bids, but for the most part the stands were filled with buyers.

KEVN-TV reports that this year's bison auction also was successful, drawing buyers from more than 20 states.

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