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EASTER EGG HUNT

Easter egg hunt planned at governor's mansion

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources is inviting children ages 2 to 4 to participate in the annual Easter egg hunt at the governor's mansion in Cheyenne.

Organizers say more than 1,200 eggs will be hidden on the grounds for children to gather beginning at 9 a.m. April 19. Each egg will be stuffed with an educational fact about the history of the mansion and Wyoming's first families.

The Easter egg hunt is free and open to the public.

PINE BEETLES-SPRAYING

Northern Colorado trees to be sprayed for beetles

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service plans to spray nearly 8,000 trees in northern Colorado to protect them against the spread of pine beetles and white pine blister rust.

Crews in the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests will spray more than 7,400 trees against pine beetles and about 250 trees against white pine blister rust. The trees are on campgrounds in the Canyon Lakes Ranger District.

Forest Service spokeswoman Reghan Cloudman tells The Coloradoan that although the pine beetle epidemic is waning, the beetles have moved to lower elevations because they've run out of food higher up.

The Forest Service expects to start spraying by April 28, but it'll have to wait until most of the snow melts. Workers can't spray pesticide into snow because it will get into the water.

WYOMING PLOWING BUDGET

Wyoming's snow plowing budget dwindles

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Transportation says the state's snow plowing budget is dwindling, and the department may have to dip into a construction budget to keep roads clear during the wettest season of the year.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports as of Feb. 28, WYDOT had spent $21.9 million of its $22.6 million snow control budget. March costs are not in yet.

If the budget overrun approaches the millions, the shortfall would have to be made up from the state construction budget.

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