Dec 6, 2013 The Associated Press

Events canceled due to cold

LARAMIE -- Laramie is postponing its annual downtown holiday parade and tree lighting because of the continuing cold.

The event had been scheduled for Friday night, when temperatures could drop as low minus-15. With a lot of children expected, organizers decided to delay the tradition until Dec. 13.

High temperatures across the state are forecast to remain in the single digits through the weekend.

Residents in Laramie and the Shirley Basin endured temperatures of 31 degrees below zero Wednesday night, and high temperatures across the state were forecast to remain in the single digits through the weekend.

Other frigid readings across Wyoming overnight included minus-24 in Rawlins, minus-22 in Casper and Pinedale and minus-19 in Cheyenne.

Laramie Range elk habitat protected

CHEYENNE -- The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has worked out an agreement with landowners to give permanent protection to more than 3,300 acres along the eastern front of Wyoming's Laramie Range.

Blake Henning is vice president of lands and conservation for the Missoula, Mont.-based foundation. He says the transaction protects wildlife habitat from the threat of increasing development and also stands as the group's first conservation easement in Platte County.

Ryan Amundson is biologist with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He says conservation easements can play a key role with willing landowners in conserving the best wildlife habitat.

U-mine secures $20 million bond

A uranium company has secured a $20 million state industrial development revenue bond to begin production at an in-situ uranium mine in northeast Wyoming.

The bond for Uranerz Energy Corp. carries a 5.75 percent interest rate.

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