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Yellowstone Implementing Trail Closures and Fire Restrictions [AUDIO]

Continued dry conditions and a potential for increased fire activity have prompted Yellowstone officials to implement fire restrictions and close some hiking trails. Doug Randall has the story. A national racing adventure company is working with the state to stage and annual race centered in Casper. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Gov. Matt Mead  (Amy Richards/TSM)
Gov. Matt Mead (Amy Richards/TSM)
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Gov Mead: AML Money to Wyoming Will Be Restored [AUDIO]



Governor Matt Mead says he is "optimistic" that congress will restore AML funding. a recently passed Federal Transportation Funding Law put a cap on how much Abandoned Mine Land payments states can get. The Wyoming Territorial Prison in Laramie is attracting more tourists. Doug Randall reports. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Officials Extend Access to Caves Ban [AUDIO]

Governor Matt Mead  toured several of the state's recent fire areas this week. The Governor said over 4000 people have come into Wyoming to fight fires this year and the fire season is not over yet. An order restricting access to caves and old mines on national forest and grasslands in five states is being extended, so that a bat killing fungus won't spread. Doug Randall reports. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Gov: More Wyoming Counties Designated as Primary Disaster Areas

Sixteen Wyoming counties are now designated as primary natural disaster areas due to drought. Governor Matt Mead requested these designations and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, has signed off on the designation for 16 counties with 6 others qualifying for assistance because they are contiguous to the primary counties.

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Fontonelle Fire (Courtesy of USFWS)
Fontonelle Fire (Courtesy of USFWS)
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Governor Mead: It Has Already Been an Expensive Fire Season [AUDIO]

A task force is conducting two feasibility studies on natural gas and coal conversion technologies in Wyoming. Doug Randall has the details. Governor Matt Mead says it has already been an expensive fire season for the state and it could get more expensive as the summer moves on. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
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Gov. Mead Appoints New DCI Director

Governor Matt Mead has announced that Steve Woodson will be the next Director of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. The  DCI is part of the Attorney General’s office and is Wyoming’s chief law enforcement agency.

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Gov. Matt Mead (Courtesy of Governor's Office)
Gov. Matt Mead (Courtesy of Governor's Office)
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Mead’s Office Implementing Ed Dept. Oversight [AUDIO]

Governor Matt Mead's staff is hustling to implement a legislative directive requiring oversight of some spending at the state Department of Education. Amy Richards reports. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has some concerns about the version of the Farm Bill that was passed by the House Agriculture Committee last week. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Mead Announces Cistern Program [AUDIO]

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says provisions of the Affordable Care Act cracking down on medicare fraud are helping to make the program more financially solvent. Governor Matt Mead announced that residents living in the Pavillion East Water Supply Project Area, which is near the town of Pavillion, will receive water cistern systems. Amy Richards has a report. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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(Courtesy of Wyoming Water Development Commission)
(Courtesy of Wyoming Water Development Commission)
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Gov. Appoints New Director of Water Development

Governor Matt Mead appointed Harry LaBonde as the next Director of the Wyoming Water Development Office. LaBonde replaces Mike Purcell who retired July 5, 2012. Governor Mead says "water  is one of our most critical resources in Wyoming and the Director of Water Development plays a key role in managing our state’s water resources

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Matt Mead
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Gov. Mead Upset With Feds Over AML Cut [AUDIO]

Yellowstone National  Park  Superintendent Dan Wenk discussed the details of the park's proposed winter use plan.  Governor Matt Mead says he is upset with last week's vote in congress cutting federal abandoned mine land payments to the state. Doug Randall reports. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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