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WYOMING WEATHER

Cold, snow back in Wyoming this week

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming is seeing another shot of bitter cold and snow this week.

The National Weather Service says temperatures this week will be 20 to 30 degrees below normal as Arctic air plunges through the state.

High temperatures on Wednesday will struggle to reach zero in many areas.

Wednesday night lows in the 10 to 20 below range will be common.

Temperatures aren't expected to warm up again until this weekend.

Meantime, light snow is falling throughout the state, causing slick conditions on many roads and highways.

WYOMING FORECLOSURES

Wyoming's foreclosure rate lowest in nation

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A new report says Wyoming has the lowest foreclosure rate in the nation with just 0.79 percent of home loans in arrears.

The report was released by the Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for Enterprise Development, which looked at 133 factors as varied as home ownership and policies protecting the poor.

Casper real estate agent Ramona Kuhn tells the Casper Star-Tribune that Wyoming lenders are conservative.

In other rankings in the report, Wyoming ranked fourth in data reflecting current economics, such as income, poverty and home ownership. Wyoming also ranked second to last in policies the organization thought helped people's financial security, such as health coverage and welfare eligibility.

The report looked at 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Washington-based nonprofit helps low-income people save for college and homes.

ELK FEEDING

Supplemental feeding starts at National Elk Refuge

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Biologists say forage conditions at the National Elk Refuge have slipped to the point that they have to begin supplemental feeding of elk and bison this winter.

The winter feeding program is set to being on Tuesday. Officials say there are about 6,000 elk and about 600 currently wintering on the refuge.

Refuge managers try to keep supplemental feeding to a minimum to reduce the time bison and elk are concentrated on the feed lines to reduce the potential for disease transmission.

SLED DOG RACE

Stage Stop Dog Sled Race competing in Lander

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) - Mushers and their dog teams are in Lander for the third stage of the Stage Stop Sled Dog Race.

Tuesday's 42-mile stage begins at Louis Lake and should wrap up around 1 p.m.

Blayne Streeper of Fort Nelson, British Columbia is in first place after winning the first two stages. John Stewart of Salt Lake City is in second place.

The race will end Saturday in Evanston after covering nearly 350 miles in Wyoming and Montana. The overall winner will take home $100,000.

SHEPARD BOOK

Author of Matthew Shepard book to speak in Laramie

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The author of a book about the killing of Matthew Shepard is returning to Wyoming to talk about his investigation.

Journalist Stephen Jimenez is scheduled to speak about "The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard" Tuesday evening at the Gryphon Theatre. He researched the book in Laramie. He claims Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, and one of his killers were involved in the methamphetamine trade and that drugs, not hate, was the main motive behind the killing.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation says the book is based on "rumors and innuendo."

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Jimenez was invited to Laramie by Glenn Johnson, a retired administrator at Laramie Junior High School, who says he worked with students involved in the city's drug culture during his career.

UW PROFESSOR HONORED

American Naturalists Society honors UW professor

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The American Society of Naturalists has presented one of its highest honors to a University of Wyoming professor.

The organization awarded its E.O. Wilson Naturalist Award to Craig Benkman, professor in the UW Department of Zoology and Physiology.

The award recognizes mid-career investigators who have made significant contributions to the knowledge of a particular ecosystem or group of organisms.

Benkman was cited for his decades of year-round field study, aviary experiments and quantitative syntheses that have produced an exceptional body of work on the ecology and co-evolution of seed predators.

To date, Benkman is credited with 73 publications appearing in scientific journal. He has garnered more than $1.5 million in federal, state and private funds.

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