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Jan 29, 2014 - The Associated Press
Feed halted after factory death
The Western Sugar Cooperative is recalling 3,700 tons of animal feed distributed by a Lovell sugar beet factory where a woman was killed after falling into its water system.
Twenty-eight-year-old Anfesa Galaktionoff died Jan. 4 after she fell into equipment that uses water to carry and wash sugar beets before processing.
A spokesman for the Denver-based cooperative, Kent Wimmer, said Tuesday all of the adulterated animal feed has been accounted for and should be recalled over the next 48 hours.
Authorities say no sugar or molasses meant for human consumption has been distributed since the accident. They say there is no threat to human or animal health.
But to boost consumer confidence, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will buy animals scheduled for slaughter that consumed the feed.
Petition details councilman allegations
CASPER -- A lawyer hired by Casper to investigate a city council member's alleged conflict of interest says he advocated more for his construction company than for taxpayers.
In the Jan. 17 petition, lawyer Wes Reeves claims that Hedquist pushed around city employees and tried to get a competitive advantage by joining the primary planning group for Natrona County. City documents also show that four of the projects Hedquist Construction is doing for the city are behind schedule.
Hedquist's attorney, Michael Lansing, says the company has requested mediation to discuss those projects and is working on a formal response to the petition.
Hunter education recommended
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is reminding the public that registration is open now for hunter education classes.
The game department says there are about 350 volunteer instructors for hunter education classes in the state. The department is always looking to recruit new instructors.
Instructors offer most classes in the winter and the spring because most of them are out hunting in the fall.
State law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1966, to pass a hunter education class to hunt with a firearm. The exceptions are landowners hunting only on their own land and those eligible for the hunter mentor program for one-year exemption.
There is no minimum age for hunting small game in Wyoming, but 12 years old is the minimum age for big or trophy game.