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Aug 16, 2012 - The Associated Press

Trout dying in low-water streams

SHERIDAN -- Wildlife officials in Sheridan say some trout have been dying in local streams and rivers because of low water flows and hot weather.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking fishermen to take steps to try reduce harm to fish stressed by this summer's conditions. Catch-and-release anglers can help by fishing in the early morning when water is cooler and more oxygen is available to fish and by going to higher elevations, where stream flows are higher.

Fish also should be released back the water as soon as possible.

Air tankers back in service

CHEYENNE -- Two Wyoming Air National Guard transport planes have returned to fighting wildfires this week.

The increased fire activity in the West prompted the U.S. Forest Service to call for the C-130s, which are specially outfitted to drop up to 3,000 gallons of fire retardant slurry or water.

The aircraft belonging to the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing in Cheyenne are now operating out of the Boise Air Terminal in Idaho.

Candidate: Dems neglecting state

The Democrat running for Wyoming's congressional seat says fellow Democrats are neglecting the party's homegrown candidates even as they raise money for out-of-state races.

Chris Henrichsen aired his dissatisfaction with the state party on Twitter Tuesday night about a fundraiser in Jackson for candidates including Montana Sen. Jon Tester, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Rep. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico. He called for new leadership next year.

Henrichsen said he and Colorado congressional candidate Sal Pace were introduced at the event by treasurer Leslie Petersen and that she said they were hoping to get some "crumbs."

Petersen confirmed that but said she said it jokingly.

Henrichsen, who's challenging congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, said he did get one donation for $500 at the event.

Senator worried about game licenses

CASPER -- A state senator is questioning how some big game licenses are distributed.

Each of the seven Wyoming Game and Fish Department commissioners can give eight of them every year to nonprofit groups, which must auction or raffle them to the public.

The Wyoming Wildlife Federation once raised $100,000 for a license, which entitles a recipient to hunt any elk, deer or antelope in any area in the state during a legal hunting season.

State Sen. Larry Hicks of Baggs is concerned the system allows wealthy bidders to regularly hunt in once-in-a-lifetime regions while some sportsmen wait decades for limited tags in sought-after areas.

Hicks says that if Game and Fish Department officials don't address the issue, he will propose capping licenses in areas with tag limits.

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