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Apr 24, 2012 - The Associated Press
Governor sees troops in Kosovo
CHEYENNE (AP) -- A Wyoming Army National Guard unit serving in Kosovo and Bosnia got a visit from Gov. Matt Mead over the weekend.
Mead, First Lady Carol Mead and Wyoming's Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, met with members of the 3rd detachment of the 777th Aviation unit.
They arrived in Kosovo on Friday afternoon and left early Sunday.
Twenty-four members of the detachment deployed in September to provide aviation maintenance support as part of a peacekeeping mission in the Balkans. It's working with North Dakota's Army National Guard, 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation unit.
Past priest to run for House
CHEYENNE (AP) -- A 72-year-old former Roman Catholic priest has announced he will run as an independent for Wyoming's lone seat in the U.S. House.
Charlie Hardy said Monday that he will run for Congress using only his $401-a-month Social Security check to fund his campaign. He says he doesn't want people donating money to his campaign.
Hardy will have to collect 3,740 signatures in order to get on the November ballot.
Hardy served as a Catholic seminarian and priest for 25 years in Wyoming.
He also lived in Venezuela for eight years as a missionary.
The seat is now held by Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis.
Casper College political science professor Chris Henrichsen previously announced he will seek the Democratic nomination.
Bear put down near border
DRIGGS, Idaho (AP) -- A 3-year-old female grizzly bear was trapped and euthanized after being caught raiding garbage cans on the Idaho-Wyoming border.
Trappers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fish and Wildlife Service caught the bear near Driggs on Sunday. It had already been relocated after being caught in apple orchards in Wyoming.
Officials say the bear was habituated to human food and no longer afraid of people.
Plenty of water in reservoir
CODY (AP) -- The Bureau of Reclamation says Buffalo Bill Reservoir in northern Wyoming should have ample water for the coming irrigation season even if dry, warm weather continues.
The agency's April 1 forecast predicts inflow from the Shoshone River at Buffalo Bill to be about 103 percent of the 30-year average.
Agency acting Wyoming manager Lyle Myler said if current dry weather conditions hold, the forecast could be revised downward.
But Myler says with the carry-over water in the reservoir from last year it will still remain adequate.
As of April 14, Buffalo Bill was at 114 percent of average capacity.
Irrigation districts throughout the Big Horn Basin rely on water from the reservoir for summer crops.