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Jul 25, 2012 - The Associated Press

PAWS scores looking better

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming students improved their statewide test scores this past year.

The Wyoming Department of Education on Monday released results for the 2012 Proficiency Assessments for Wyoming Students, or PAWS.

Statewide results show higher math scores from 2011 at every grade level. Every grade, except fourth, also recorded improved reading scores. And in science, every grade, except fourth, had higher scores.

PAWS tested students in grades three through eight and 11th.

State Superintendent Cindy Hill says the improvement shows that everyone involved in public education is working together to help students succeed.

State education reform initiatives will mean some changes in student assessments next year, especially for high school students.

Leftover hunt licenses go fast

CHEYENNE -- The state Game and Fish Department says its leftover Wyoming big game hunting licenses went fast.

Leftover full-price elk, deer, and antelope licenses went on sale at 8 a.m. on July 10, and reduced price cow/calf elk and doe fawn deer and antelope licenses were released a week later on July 17.

Game and Fish says more than 2,500 full price licenses were sold in the first 30 minutes on July 10 and over 5,500 reduced price licenses were sold within the first half hour on July 17.

The agency says the licenses went so fast because hunters could go online to buy them. For several years the Game and Fish has been issuing leftover licenses online via the Game and Fish website.

Game and Fish computer programmer Tom Graham says hundreds of people were waiting online when the licenses were released.

Comment sought on renovation

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Yellowstone National Park is preparing a plan to reconstruct the historic Isa Lake Bridge at Craig Pass.

Located at the continental divide, the 70-year-old bridge spans Isa Lake on the road connecting Old Faithful and West Thumb. The Federal Highway Administration has determined the bridge is in poor condition and recommended replacement.

Park officials are considering a range of preliminary alternatives, including the complete reconstruction of the bridge. The new bridge would retain the historic character of the existing bridge.

During reconstruction, a temporary bridge spanning Isa Lake would be erected.

The park is asking the public to help identify issues or concerns that the park staff should consider in the environmental study of the proposal.

Deadline for comment is Aug. 24.

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