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Wyoming generic prescription drug manufacturer closes

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's only generic prescription drug manufacturing company has closed after nearly two decades.

Cody Laboratories has sold its equipment and is in the process of selling its property in the northern Wyoming city.

Ric Asherman founded the prescription drug production company in 2000 and sold it to Lannett Company Inc. in 2007.

Lannett said in June that about 80 Cody Laboratories employees would exit the organization by late September.

Philadelphia-based Lannett announced plans to sell Cody Laboratories in September 2018.

After ceasing the Cody operation, Lannett says the company is on track to qualify its Carmel, New York, plant as an alternative manufacturing site.

Lannett CEO Timothy Crew says the company is a defendant in one opioid lawsuit.

Wyoming issues security survey to gauge school safety plans

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Education has issued a security survey to schools to determine how they plan to protect children.

The survey was sent to district superintendents across the state in a weekly email from education department Superintendent Jillian Balow.

Officials say the 20-question survey covers topics such as training programs, threat assessment tools and means used to secure entrances.

Balow says the survey is meant to ensure "a baseline of best practices and support systems" in schools statewide.

She says threat plans and related training programs can vary widely between school districts.

Balow says she will publicize the survey results later this year.

Wyoming lawmakers earlier this year failed to pass a proposed bill to require baseline security protocols for every school district.

New wildfire sparked east of Yellowstone Park in Wyoming

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A new wildfire has grown rapidly east of Yellowstone National Park in northwest Wyoming.

The fire was reported Monday evening in the Washakie Wilderness about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Cody and south of U.S. 14/16/20. It quickly spread because of gusty winds and burned an estimated 3 square miles (8 square kilometers) of forest, with no containment reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Elsewhere in Wyoming, investigators say a weekend fire just outside Jackson was sparked by foil balloons that came into contact with power lines, causing sparks and burning balloon material to ignite dry grass. Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from nearby homes.

Firefighters have gained about 37 percent containment on a fire burning near the Pathfinder Reservoir in central Wyoming.

Grand Canyon to make second run at corralling bison herd

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In the two years since the Grand Canyon approved a plan to reduce the number of bison in far northern Arizona, the herd has only grown in size.

No one is sure exactly how many of the massive animals call the region home, but it's in the hundreds. Left unchecked, it could reach 1,500 in several years.

The Grand Canyon tried to round up bison last year and ship them away, but the animals migrated north. Park officials are trying again this month.

The National Park Service released a plan in September 2017 that called for a mix of corralling the animals at the North Rim and for citizen volunteers to shoot the bison. The park has made no significant movement on lethal options.

Yellowstone Park river to close area for exotic fish removal

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park biologists have announced plans to release toxins into a river to remove exotic fish.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported Friday that the poisons are expected to be discharged Monday into the upper Gibbon River drainage in northwest Wyoming.

Park officials say the project targets rainbow trout and brook trout native to the Yellowstone River watershed, but not to the upper Gibbon ecosystem.

The region is expected to remain closed until Sept. 13.

Park officials say about 110 miles (177 kilometers) of stream and seeps could be poisoned, and the treatment could be repeated in 2020 to ensure the fish are wiped out.

Officials say this step would enable the reintroduction of westslope cutthroat trout and Arctic grayling planned for 2020 or 2021.


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