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Jun 27, 2014 - The Associated Press
Money scarce for horse roundups
RENO, Nev. -- Saying they don't have money or room to corral many more wild horses, federal land managers have sided with horse advocates in calling for the dismissal of a lawsuit demanding acceleration of roundups.
Wild horse roundups are conducted in several western states, including Wyoming.
Interior Department lawyers also said in their motion that the lawsuit by ranchers and others doesn't pass legal muster.
The motion filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Reno targets the suit by the Nevada Association of Counties and Nevada Farm Bureau Federation. It came on the heels of a separate motion to dismiss filed for different reasons by horse protection advocates.
Lawyers for the department's Bureau of Land Management emphasized the agency has broad discretion to manage federal land as it sees fit, and agreed with the ranchers' contention that current herds are overpopulated and threaten the ecological integrity of the range.
But they said BLM is hamstrung by budget cuts, and a congressional ban on the sale of excess horses for slaughter has pushed their holding facilities to the brink of capacity.
Pimp took 16-year-old to Wyoming
DENVER -- Authorities say one of 11 Colorado pimps arrested in a crackdown on child sex-trafficking took a 16-year-old to Wyoming because he thought she could make more money there.
FBI officials and police gave new details Wednesday about the week-long initiative known as Operation Cross Country. Authorities working with the Denver FBI office rescued 18 teenagers during the effort, more than any other FBI division office. The FBI recovered 168 juveniles and arrested 281 pimps nationwide.
Casper police Sgt. Shane Chaney says a Denver gang member was prostituting the girl at a Casper hotel because he thought he could avoid police attention. He says Colorado pimps will sometimes sell sex with girls in Wyoming because it can be more lucrative.
Authorities say greater awareness of child sex-trafficking led to more recoveries.
Cody lab eager to get state money
CHEYENNE -- Owners of a Cody laboratory that makes painkillers have informed Gov. Matt Mead they're still keenly interested in seeking state funds for expansion once the state adopts rules for a newly created loan program.
Bernhard W. Opitz is an officer with Cody Laboratories, Inc., a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical company Lannett Company, Inc.
"While all formal commitments require Lannett Board of Director's approval, Cody Labs' strategic plan proposes a company investment of $102 million over the next four years," Opitz stated to Mead, adding that most of the money would be spent in Cody's heavy industrial zone.
Opitz stated that the company's board of directors last month approved spending over $13.7 million on elements of the Cody expansion.
The Wyoming Legislature earlier this year appropriated $25 million to fund the loan program, leaving it largely up to State Treasurer Mark Gordon to develop rules for administering it.
Before any loan to Cody Labs could become final, it would still need approval from top state officials. The legislation specifies that the state treasurer may require the state to get an adequate security interest in funded projects and may charge borrowers a 1-percent loan origination fee.
Sen. Hank Coe, R-Cody, sponsored the legislation to fund the loan program. He took criticism from some who said he crafted the legislation to benefit a single company in his Senate district.