Wyoming News Update

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LIVESTOCK WARNING

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is warning livestock owners in the state to be on the lookout for an animal virus spreading in other states.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Vesicular Stomatitis Indiana serotype has recently been found in horses in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

Wyoming State Veterinarian Jim Logan has implemented a 72-hour health certificate requirement on susceptible livestock.

The requirement is effective immediately and covers animals imported from any county where VSV has been diagnosed in the previous 30 days.

Officials say VSV can affect equine species, cattle, swine, sheep, and goats.

Officials say the virus is spread by flies and midges, as well as direct contact with infected livestock.

The virus can also spread indirectly through contact with contaminated equipment and tack.

WYOMING CAPITOL RENOVATION

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — After three and a half years and $300 million, the Wyoming State Capitol is back open for business.

State leaders cut a red ribbon in front of the 132-year-old building Wednesday. The ceremony capped a massive renovation to the sandstone landmark and nearby facilities including the Herschler Building, a state office complex.

Afterward the building was opened up for people to take a look around inside.

Gov. Mark Gordon told a crowd of a couple thousand it's good to be back in the Capitol. Gordon calls it the "heartbeat of Wyoming."

Several state agencies and the offices of Wyoming's top elected officials moved into temporary offices elsewhere in Cheyenne while the work took place.

State lawmakers met for four legislative sessions in a rented office building in Cheyenne.

CANADIAN WILDFIRES-ROCKIES

DENVER (AP) — Firefighters from Colorado and Wyoming will help battle wildfires burning in Canada.

One hundred firefighters from five crews — three from Colorado and two from Wyoming — left Denver on a Canadian chartered jet on Wednesday bound for Edmonton, Alberta. A spokesman for the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center, Larry Helmerick, said they are scheduled to fight fires for two weeks before returning to Denver.

The Colorado firefighters include hotshots, the most highly trained and experienced handcrews, from Rocky Mountain National Park and Monument. The Wyoming firefighters are initial attack crews from Casper and the Big Horn Basin.

Last week, Colorado sent one of its two wildfire planes to Fairbanks, Alaska to help respond to fires there.

MISSING ARIZONA MAN

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Searchers plan to keep looking for a northern Arizona man who has been missing for a week in western Wyoming.

Twenty-one-year-old Averin Scott has been spending the summer with an uncle.

Relatives say they haven't seen Scott since July 3, when they were getting ready for bed in a rental house near the Snake River. The next day, relatives found Scott's phone, wallet, keys and fishing rod at the house and one of his shoes by the river.

Searchers have been looking for Scott by boat and on foot and telling paddlers to keep an eye out for the 5-foot, 7-inch, (1.7-meter) 150-pound (68-kilogram) man with long, black hair.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports efforts have been scaled back but authorities plan another organized search Thursday and Friday.

OIL-GAS RULES

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators are moving ahead with proposed rule changes for oil and gas drilling permits.

Under the proposal, the first company to file for a permit would remain first in line to drill under that permit for only two years. After that, somebody else could file to drill in the same area within a limited time.

The change seeks to address a surge in applications for drilling that never happens. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has received over 57,000 drilling permit applications since 2016 but only fraction of 11,800 permits granted have resulted in drilling.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the commission voted Tuesday to advance the proposed change through its rulemaking process.

Commission officials expect to complete the process in a year.

TRI-STATE FEDERAL OVERSIGHT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado-based power provider serving four states has voted for the federal government to regulate it.

The Denver Post reported Wednesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will oversee the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and set its electric rates.

Tri-State says the move will give it more flexibility than being regulated by four states where it serves electric cooperatives: Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Nebraska.

Colorado lawmakers say they asked for a delay in the decision last week because they wanted more time to determine the implications of the change.

A new law requires Colorado regulators to approve Tri-State's plans for where it gets its power, whether from coal or renewable sources.

State agencies say their ability to regulate planning, emissions and environmental issues will not change.

SheridanWyoming.com

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