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Dec 2, 2013 - From staff reports

Veterans assistance available

A State of Wyoming veterans service officer from the Wyoming Veterans Commission will conduct community outreach services throughout December in Fremont County.

Lori McGee will be available to meet with veterans and their families to discuss state and federal veterans' benefits, Department of Veterans Affairs claims, or VA health care.

Her office is located at the Lander National Guard Armory, 31 Leedy Drive, in Lander.

She also identified specific dates for "walk-in" outreach:

- Riverton -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at the Riverton VA Clinic, 2300 Rose Lane

- Dubois -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at the High Country Senior Center, 504 Hays St.

- Lander -- Most weekdays by appointment at the Lander National Guard Armory.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call McGee at 438-2101.

Changes proposed for county dam

Bull Lake Dam in Fremont County is being considered for modifications, and federal authorities are planning an environmental assessment of the proposed changes.

The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct the assessment under an initiative called the Safety of Dams Program.

The 81-foot dam roughly 30 miles west of Riverton is 75 years old.

Federal regulations require Bureau of Reclamation dams to be operated and maintained in a safe manner, with regular inspections to identify potential safety deficiencies through analyses.

From the inspections, corrective actions may be recommended using current engineering practices.

"In addition, future evaluations should include assessments of benefits foregone with the loss of a dam," the bureau's program guidelines state. "For example, a failed dam can no longer provide needed fish and wildlife benefits."

Deficiencies that could require correction at Bull Lake have not been specified.

Written inquiries on the dam assessment are invited and may be submitted to the Bureau of Reclamation's Wyoming Area Office at P.O. Box 1630, Mills, WY 82644-1630.

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