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GOVERNOR-WYOMING-DEBATE

Mead, Hill and Haynes debate in Riverton

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The three Republicans running for governor of Wyoming disagree over how the state ought to deal with the federal government on issues such as environmental regulation and land management.

Gov. Matt Mead, Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill and Dr. Taylor Haynes faced off Monday evening in Riverton at a live debate on Wyoming PBS.

Haynes, a rancher and retired physician, says if he's elected, Wyoming will take over federal lands and take the federal share of mineral revenues.

Hill says that if elected, she would only work with the federal government on interstate commerce.

Mead said any governor has to acknowledge the federal presence in the state and follow federal regulations.

Mead emphasized his administration has challenged the federal government on air quality regulations threatening Wyoming's coal industry.

TREASURER DEBATE

Incumbent Treasurer Gordon faces Redo in debate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Incumbent Wyoming Treasurer Mark Gordon emphasized in a debate Monday in Riverton that Wyoming's multi-billion dollar portfolio demands professional management.

Ron Redo of Cheyenne is challenging Gordon for the Republican Party nomination. Redo's experience includes time as an auditor for the state of California.

Redo said in Monday's PBS debate in Riverton that much of his work experience was extremely dated. He said the first six years of his 11 years working for California were under former Gov. Ronald Reagan, who left office in 1975.

Gordon, a Johnson County rancher and businessman, took over as treasurer in 2012 following the death of former treasurer Joe Meyer.

Gordon said he's made the office more efficient and has traveled around the state to gauge the needs of Wyoming communities.

FIRE FUND

Wyoming wildland fire fund untapped so far

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Thanks to a relatively quiet wildfire season so far in Wyoming, firefighting agencies have yet to tap a $16 million fund allocated for fire suppression in the state.

State Forester Bill Crapser says the weather has kept wildfires down for now but that could quickly change.

If it does, Crapser tells the Casper Star-Tribune that Wyoming is in good position to suppress whatever flares up.

In 2012, more than $43 million was spent on efforts to fight wildfires. That year, crews from 35 states, some from as far away as Delaware, came to assist state and federal firefighting agencies.

This year, local firefighting personnel have found work in Washington where wildfires have been a problem.

Crapser says states with bad fire seasons depend on areas that aren't for help.

MISSING BOY

Crews search for boy missing in North Platte River

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Rescue crews are searching the North Platte River in Casper for a boy who was swept away while trying to save his younger brother from the moving water.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the 11-year-old boy went missing shortly after 2 p.m. Monday after trying to help his 8-year-old brother get back to shore.

Casper Fire-EMS spokesman David Lundahl says the boys entered the river near the Pumphouse, a site in Casper.

Lundahl says boaters pulled the younger boy from the river but the older boy hasn't been seen since.

The younger boy was taken to a local hospital for observation.

Lundahl says searchers from a number of police and rescue agencies are searching using watercraft and a helicopter.

CFD DRONES

Activist says drones at rodeo are unsafe

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An animal rights activist says he has filed a complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration over the use of drones at Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Mike Kobliska is a member of the group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, or SHARK, who attended the rodeo this year to look for instances of animal abuse.

But Kobliska said he recorded a drone flying around the Frontier Park Arena on July 26.

He tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that the drones are unsafe over large crowds.

CFD spokesman Bob Budd says the drones are used to take marketing photos from above.

Budd says operators are skilled hobbyists who never fly the drones directly over the crowd.

It's unclear how quickly FAA will process Kobliska's complaint, if at all.

WEEKEND FATALS

5 killed in weekend accidents in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Five people died in four accidents last weekend on Wyoming roads.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says two died in a head-on collision on Interstate 25 about 1:25 a.m. Sunday west of Douglas.

It says a car driven 39-year-old Craig B. Powell, of Saratoga, was traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 25 when it collided with a vehicle driven by 55-year-old Kevin S. Martin, of Rock Springs.

In a separate accident at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, the patrol says 25-year-old Mason W. Fisher, of Gillette, died when his car went off state highway 51 in northeast Wyoming and rolled.

And two motorcyclists also were killed in separate accidents.

The patrol identified them as 51-year-old Stuart Schmidt, of Casper, and 70-year-old Daniel R. Shaffer, of Clark, Colorado.

GRAND TETON RESCUE

Minnesota man doing well after fall in Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The 60-year-old Minnesota man injured in a fall in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming is doing well.

Steve Markusen, of Minneapolis, was rescued from Grand Teton Mountain on Friday after falling about 50 feet.

His son, Max Markusen, tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that his father suffered a concussion and lacerations but was in surprisingly good shape at St. John's Medical Center in Jackson on Sunday.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says the elder Markusen was attempting to summit the 13,775-foot Grand Teton alone. He was found on the edge of a thousand-foot drop off by other climbers and lifted off the mountain by helicopter.

Max Markusen says his father is an experienced mountaineer who has summited the Grand about 20 times.

UW ATHLETIC MEALS

UW athletics dig in to more food

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - On Aug. 1, the NCAA let schools provide unlimited food for its athletes on top of what they provide in meal plans and stipends from scholarships.

Matt Whisenant is the deputy director of athletics at the University of Wyoming.

He says the interpretation of the new rule isn't real clear but UW is taking an aggressive approach to better feed its 350-400 athletes.

Whisenant says that after talking to his colleagues in the Mountain West Conference, UW's plan is one of the more substantial.

He tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that UW this year budgeted $100,000 for food and between $130,000 and $140,000 for construction and equipment costs related to the program.

UW also has a nutritionist to monitor the food and nutrition consumed by athletes.

IDAHO-GRIZZLY KILLED

Wardens kill grizzly bear that killed Idaho cattle

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Federal wildlife officials killed a male grizzly bear blamed for recent cattle deaths on an Idaho ranch near Montana's southwestern border.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports workers had reported cattle deaths on a ranch that is part of Idaho's Harriman State Park.

Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Gregg Losinski said the cattle depredations had been continuing and it appeared a bear was responsible.

Idaho wildlife officials contacted U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services trappers, who snared and killed the bear on Sunday. It was about 9 years old.

The ranch where the bear was killed is about 30 miles from the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station's summer grazing pastures in the Centennial Mountains.

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