Feb 7, 2014 The Associated Press

Mill backs Barrasso proposal

SARATOGA -- An owner of the reopened saw mill in Saratoga is backing Sen. John Barrasso's proposal to more than double the amount of logging on U.S. Forest Service land.

The bill would require the Forest Service to develop logging projects on 7.5 million acres already deemed suitable for logging over 15 years. It also tries to prevent delays due to litigation by requiring objections to be handled through arbitration.

During a hearing in Washington Thursday, Clint Georg said freeing up money from litigation would help revitalize rural economies and help reduce the risk of wildfires and insect infestations.

Barrasso hopes to have the bill included in the next Senate Energy Committee public lands meeting. Members would be able to make changes to the bill and decide whether to move it forward.

Incentives OK'd for Magpul

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board approved $13 million in grants Thursday to help a Colorado producer of ammunition magazines for guns move its manufacturing operations to Wyoming.

The deal with Erie, Colo.-based Magpul Industries still needs approval from Gov. Matt Mead, but that is expected to be a formality because Mead was personally involved in recruiting the company.

Magpul is moving its production, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne and its headquarters to Texas, making good on its vow to leave Colorado after that state enacted gun control laws last year.

Magpul will bring about 90 new jobs to Cheyenne.

Jonathon Anderson, an attorney representing Magpul, said the company hopes to have a temporary operation in Cheyenne by late summer. The state grant money will help build a permanent facility that Magpul will move into when it is completed in several years.

Bob Jensen, CEO of the Wyoming Business Council, said the total local and state investment in bringing Magpul to Cheyenne is about $17 million. However, the eventual total return to the state and local community is expected to be about $20 million, Jensen said.

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