Nov 19, 2013 The Associated Press

Camp Guernsey expansion on hold

CHEYENNE -- Gov. Matt Mead says state military officials won't try to expand a central Wyoming training site if ranchers currently using the land object. Mead said Monday it could be years or decades before any decisions are made about the disposition of land managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management around Camp Guernsey outside Wheatland.

The BLM has expressed interest in giving up thousands of acres around Camp Guernsey, and the Wyoming Military Department says it's interested in getting control of all the land within its boundaries and smoothing out some jagged boundaries.

Some nearby ranchers have expressed fears the military would take over BLM land they lease. Mead says that won't happen if the ranchers object.

Mead spoke at a meeting in Wheatland.

McMurry to develop UW Plaza

LARAMIE -- A Casper-based development company has purchased a retail area on the east side of the University of Wyoming campus.

UW trustees were told that Forward Development LLC plans to revitalize the UW Plaza.

Forward Development's principal owner is Casper businessman Mick McMurry.

It purchased the lease for the UW Plaza from the Bank of Colorado, which took over the property when the previous developer defaulted on the lease.

The nine-acre development's current tenants include restaurants and retail businesses. There is space for additional retail and restaurant development, as well as business and professional offices.

County confronts hepatitis growth

POWELL -- State and local health officials are looking for ways to control hepatitis C cases in Park County, which roughly doubled from 2011 to 2012.

There were 56 new cases of hepatitis C in the county last year. About 60 percent were in the Cody area and 40 percent in the Powell area.

State officials say the county's rate has been rising since 2008. They say the increase is generally among people between ages 20 and 34.

Hepatitis C is transmitted by blood, sometimes by people sharing drug needles. It causes liver damage and is blamed for 15,000 deaths a year nationwide.

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