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Jan 6, 2014 - From staff reports

Christmas trees being collected

The Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District, in partnership with Inberg-Miller Engineers and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, again is collecting Christmas trees to improve habitat for fish in Ocean Lake near Pavillion.

Throughout January, residents can bring trees -- cleaned of ornaments, tinsel and other decor (no spray-painted trees) -- to the Lander Landfill, 52 Beebee Road, the Dubois Landfill, 100 Mountain View Drive, or the Riverton Bale Station, 329 N. Smith Road.

There is no charge to drop off a tree.

Employees from the solid waste district will transport the trees to Ocean Lake where volunteers will work to wire bunches of the trees to cinder blocks. As the ice melts, the trees will fall to the bottom of the lake, where they will provide fish habitat and structure for various fish species and help with the lake's overall health.

"This partnership is a win for everyone," said solid waste district superintendent Andy Frey. "Over the past 25 years, over 8,000 trees have been donated to improved habitat at Ocean Lake, while keeping trees out of the waste stream."

For more information, call the solid waste district office in Lander at 332-7040.

Scholarships available to 2014 grads

The Wyoming Community Foundation has three scholarship opportunities available to high school seniors who will attend college in the 2014 academic year.

Two scholarships, the Troy Yost Memorial Scholarship and the Walter Urbigkit Memorial Scholarship, are open to students statewide.

The Doris G. Solberg Lye Memorial Scholarship is available to graduating Wind River High School students who plan to further their education at a technical school or college or university. Selection is based upon academic record and achievement, financial need, and participation in community and extra-curricular activities. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required.

Applications must be submitted to the Wyoming Community Foundation by Feb. 1, with some exceptions.

For more information, visit www.wycf.org.

Ice fishing derby set for Jan. 24

The Wild West Winter Carnival ice fishing derby and poker run will be Jan. 24 to Jan. 26 at Boysen State Park.

Registration for the derby -- which includes trout, ling, catfish, walleye and perch -- is $10 per person with 100 percent of the registration to be returned in prizes.

Fishing begins at 8 a.m. Jan. 24 and ends at 1 p.m. Jan. 26. Wyoming Game and Fish Rules and Regulations apply.

Weigh-in stations will be positioned at Lip Rippers Bait Shop and B & K Shoreline Stop. Only one weigh-in per fish, and earliest weigh-in will determine winner, if the fish are the same weight. Culling is prohibited.

Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at B & K Shoreline Stop.

The poker run will be Jan. 25. Cards will be available for pick up between 10 a.m. and noon with awards at 2 p.m. It begins and ends at B & K Shoreline Stop and is sponsored by CR Construction and Fast Lane.

For more information, call Kathy Kenyon at 259-7486.

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