Wyoming digest

Sep 19, 2017 From wire reports

Bill could help tax collection

BUFFALO (AP) -- The Interim Joint Revenue Committee has recommended drafting a proposal requesting the secretary of state's office begin collecting gross sales data from corporations filing annual reports in Wyoming.

Republican State Rep. Jerry Obermueller of Casper offered the proposal to find out how much business is being done by out-of-state companies that don't currently pay state taxes.

Without a personal or corporate income tax and with some of the lowest sales and property taxes in the nation, Wyoming is heavily reliant on energy industry taxes.

Street through campus might close

LARAMIE(AP) -- City of Laramie officials have met with the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees on the possibility of closing the stretch of 15th Street running through the UW campus.

In March, the State Legislature directed UW, in a footnote attached to the university's budget, to meet with city officials about this potential closure.

The legislation requires UW to respond to the legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee no later than Nov. 1.

Trustees and city Mayor Andi Summerville agreed starting the project will likely take much longer.

Summerville says just compiling public opinion and ensuring all parties have a chance to comment will take some time.

Cattle-killing bear moved to forest interior

CODY (AP) -- Wyoming game managers have trapped and relocated an adult female grizzly bear after it killed cattle.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says it captured the bear last Thursday north of Pinedale.

The bear was then released in grizzly habitat in the Shoshone National Forest west of Cody and about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently lifted federal protections for the Yellowstone area grizzly population and turned management of the species over to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Homemade explosive goes off in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Wyoming police are investigating an explosion from a small, homemade device in a downtown Cheyenne alley.

Cheyenne Police Officer Kevin Malatesta says the incident occurred about 10 a.m. Monday and involved a device similar to a pipe bomb.

Malatesta says nobody was injured and no property was damaged. No arrests have been made.

The area where the device exploded is behind a corrections halfway house, but Malatesta says it's too early to say what the intentions were of whoever is responsible.