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WYOMING-LEGISLATURE BEGINS

Wyoming governor pledges to protect, promote fossil fuels

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's governor says his state has enough savings to take time and be thoughtful about future spending cuts amid declining revenue from fossil fuels. Yet Republican Gov. Mark Gordon promised in his annual State of the State address Monday not to dither amid what he described as efforts by other states to boost renewable energy sources at the expense of the coal, oil and natural gas industries. Gordon promises to protect and promote those industries. The address by the first-term Republican kicks off a four-week legislative session dedicated primarily to the state budget. Budgeting has been tight amid a decade-long decline in revenue from natural gas extraction and coal mining.

AIR FORCE-DRUG PROBE

Air Force discloses drug investigation at nuke missile base

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force officials say airmen responsible for security at a strategic nuclear missile base are under investigation for marijuana use, which is illegal in the military. The officials are declining to disclose the number under investigation or provide other details, but they say the four-star general in charge of Air Force nuclear weapons flew to the base to hold a “no-notice” meeting to address the alleged misconduct by members of the 90th Security Forces Group. That is the same group in which investigators in 2016 cracked a drug ring involving the distribution and use of LSD, cocaine and other illegal drugs.

BEARTOOTH MOUNTAINS-DRILLING

Federal officials OK drilling in Beartooth Mountains

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials have given conditional approval to a Canadian company to conduct exploratory drilling at 35 sites in Montana's Beartooth Mountains. The Billings Gazette reports Vancouver-based Group Ten received authorization for the work over the next seven summers pending acquisition of a reclamation bond. The sites are outside Nye along the Beartooth Front , where the company acquired 282 mining claims. The company is working to determine the quantity and quality of precious metals in the area, including platinum, palladium, gold, nickel, copper and cobalt. Group Ten aims to assess the ore body and sell the development rights to another firm.

JACKSON-ALCOHOL SALES PENALTY

Wyoming town debates length of liquor license suspensions

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The penalty for liquor license holders in a Wyoming town who repeatedly sell alcohol to minors could be reduced from a suspension of four months to 10 days. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported the proposed change is part of an overhaul to municipal liquor codes in Jackson. The town council voted to approve a 10-day suspension for three failed compliance checks in a year. Officials say the change was due to concerns among town councilors that the license suspension for failing three compliance checks in a year was too severe.

STAGE STOP RACE

Quebec musher winds 2nd straight Wyoming-Idaho dog sled race

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Anny Malo of Quebec, Canada has won the Pedigree Stage Stop Race for the second straight year. Malo won six of the seven stages of the 25th annual sled dog race through Wyoming and Idaho, including the final stage that ended Saturday at Lower Slide Lake northeast of Jackson. The Jackson Hole Daily reported that strong winds and spitting snow made it nearly impossible for mushers to see their dogs nearing the mid-point turnaround for the final stage. Malo had cumulative time of 15 hours, 55 minutes and 11 seconds. Lina Streeper of British Columbia, Canada finished second and Alix Crittenden of Bondurant, Wyoming finished third.

LARAMIE KILLING-SENTENCE

Man gets 12-18 years in prison for fatal shooting in Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The gunman in a fatal shooting in southeast Wyoming in 2003 has been sentenced to 12 to 18 years in prison. The Laramie Boomerang reports 41-year-old Fidel Serrano was sentenced for the death of Ramon Galvan-Morales after previously pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Serrano had appeared on an FBI’s Most Wanted List while he was on the run for more than a decade. Authorities say he killed Galvan-Morales in Laramie on May 12, 2003, a couple of days after the two had gotten into a fight at a dance in Cheyenne.

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