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Snowpack at 22 percent of average
Wyoming's snowpack is down to 22 percent of average compared to 220 percent at this time last year.

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May 23, 2012 - The Associated Press

Path segment to link park bike routes

JACKSON -- Bicyclists will soon be able to ride more than 20 miles on a pathway connecting Jackson and Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

Park officials plan to open a new, 6.5-mile segment of the pathway Wednesday.

The new segment connects the Gros Ventre River and Moose. The new stretch of trail links previously built segments north of Jackson and south of Jenny Lake.

The path will give cyclists an option besides riding on roads in Jackson Hole.

Collisions with motor vehicles have killed two cyclists in the area.

Snowpack at 22 percent of average

CASPER -- Wyoming's snowpack is down to 22 percent of average compared to 220 percent at this time last year.

In its final snowpack report this week, the Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Casper says that all 19 of Wyoming's basins are below average.

Northwestern Wyoming is in the best shape, with measurements in the 60 and 70 percent range. The snow has completed melted away already in eight basins, including Cheyenne and Sweetwater.

Reservoir levels in the state are still good because of leftover water from last year's snowfall.

However, water users who pull water directly from rivers instead of the reservoirs could face problems because they will be more dependent on rain.

Mead appoints engineering task force

CHEYENNE -- Former Gov. Dave Freudenthal will chair a task force appointed by Gov. Matt Mead to help plan a new engineering college building at the University of Wyoming.

Freudenthal is a distinguished visiting professor in the UW College of Law.

The task force also includes industry representatives, many of whom graduated from UW.

More task force members may be added.

Earlier this year, the Wyoming Legislature appropriated $1.15 million to plan for the renovation and expansion of the College of Engineering and Applied Science facilities.

Lawmakers also set aside $30 million, to be matched by $30 million in private donations, as the first step toward funding the project.

The project is expected to cost up to $100 million.

Police arrest man in robbery attempt

LARAMIE -- Police in Laramie say they arrested a Colorado man following an attempted bank robbery Tuesday morning.

According to a statement from the Laramie Police Department, a 23-year-old man from Fort Collins, Colo., approached a worker with a handgun in the parking lot of a Wells Fargo bank early Tuesday.

The bank employee was able to lock the bank door and called police.

The man was arrested soon afterward after witnesses told police they had seen him changing his clothing and discarding evidence.

The FBI is assisting with the investigation and prosecutors are reviewing the matter.

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