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WIND WORKERS

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has an abundance of wind but not an abundance of workers trained in wind energy jobs.

Wind capacity in Wyoming would double if all the proposals on the table for new farms are realized. Firms like the Power Company of Wyoming, Viridis Eolia and Rocky Mountain Power are all looking at large-scale development. And they will need workers to build the farms and then to staff them for maintenance.

But towns in areas where the wind farms would be built have few people.

Rob Godby is director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming.

Godby tells the Casper Star-Tribune that the market will take care of the worker shortage, noting that the oil and gas industry had the same problem.

JACKSON DAYCARE-ECLIPSE

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Some preschools and day care providers in Jackson are planning to be closed when the full solar eclipse occurs on Aug. 21.

At least five preschools and day care providers will be closed that day while others say they haven't decided. Others have decided to remain open.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that some of those closing cited safety concerns, noting that congested roads could delay emergency medical response.

The eclipse is expected to bring 100,000 additional visitors to Jackson and the surrounding areas.

But with the hospitality industry being all hands on deck to cater to the expected tourism boom, many parents are going to be working long hours and might not have the luxury of bringing their kids with them.

YELLOWSTONE-YOUTH CAMPUS

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park wants to move and rebuild its youth education campus to expand dorm and classroom space.

The park released an environmental assessment last week that proposes building five dormitories.

The dorms could house up to 140 students. The park also proposes new staff offices and a new dining area for youth educational programs. The park wants to build the campus south of Mammoth Hot Springs on the east side of Grand Loop Road.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that it is unknown how much the project would cost.

The park currently has a youth campus near Mammoth Hot Springs. It has classrooms, a dining hall and a dormitory that can house 60 students.

But the park's report says those facilities there are either too small or are outdated.

BURNS-ARLINGTON

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Republican U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns will be interred Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Burns was a Marine Corps veteran. He died April 28, 2016, at home in Billings of natural causes at the age of 81. Plans were made for his interment at the cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, but burial was delayed.

The Billings Gazette reports that on Monday night, Republican Sens. Mike Enzi, of Wyoming, and Pat Roberts, of Kansas, are scheduled to host a reception for Burns in the Mike Mansfield Room of the U.S. Capitol.

Montana's longest-running Republican senator, Burns was elected in 1988 and served through January 2007. Burns was defeated by current Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat.

Burns was a livestock auctioneer, traveling salesmen and agriculture news broadcaster.

JUMBO FIRE BOMBER

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A company with a Boeing 747 bomber that can drop more than 19,000 gallons (72,000 liters) of suppressant on wildfires says federal officials are keeping it grounded, putting homes and ground-based firefighters at risk.

Officials with Global SuperTanker Services filed a protest with the U.S. Forest Service late last month contesting a contract limiting firefighting aircraft to 5,000 gallons (18,900 liters).

The limit appears to conflict with the Forest Service's 2012 air tanker modernization strategy report identifying air tankers capable of dropping more than 8,000 gallons (30,300 liters) as a part of its firefighting effort.

The Forest Service declined to comment.

Watchdog and firefighter advocacy groups say the agency might be trying to cut firefighting costs that have been using up its budget as wildfires have grown increasingly destructive in recent decades.

WYOMING-BODY FOUND

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say human remains found in southwestern Wyoming are those of a Superior man who was reported missing in 2015.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell and Coroner Dale Majhanovich said in a joint statement Friday that dental records helped identify the man as 59-year-old Darrell Sowder, whose body was found by a cadaver search dog Tuesday.

Sowder was last seen at his home Oct. 2, 2015.

Investigators have not said how he died.

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