Sep 27, 2012 The Associated Press

LeDoux gets music trail mark

BILOXI, Miss. -- The Mississippi Country Music Trail will honor the late Chris LeDoux with a marker in Biloxi.

The Biloxi native won the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bareback title in 1976 and sold more than 5 million albums over his career. He died in 2005 at the age of 56.

LeDoux played guitar and wrote songs while traveling for the rodeo and by 1989 had made 22 self-produced albums for a loyal but limited fan base. Things changed that year when Garth Brooks referenced a "worn-out tape of Chris LeDoux" in his hit "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)."

The reference energized LeDoux's music career, leading to a contract with Capitol Records in 1991 and a 1992 Grammy-nominated Top 10 duet with Brooks called, "Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy."

Hospital begins $35M expansion

LARAMIE -- Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie has formally broken ground on a $35 million expansion.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday.

The addition will include 30 patient rooms, a dialysis center, expanded laboratories and an upgraded operating room.

Also, existing patient rooms will be upgraded to include private showers and the cafeteria will be expanded.

Construction is expected to begin by mid-October and take two years to complete.

Hospital officials say they have the money for the expansion on hand and that patient costs won't rise.

Feeding ducks may be banned

CHEYENNE -- City leaders in Cheyenne are discussing whether it's time to ban the feeding of ducks and geese in city parks.

Assistant director of parks and recreation Todd Feezer says the rising number of ducks and geese in the city's public spaces is becoming a health hazard.

The City Council on Monday approved a first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit the feeding of ducks or geese at any city-run park, golf course or recreational space as well as on city-owned property. Violators could face possible fines of $10 to $25.

A council committee plans to take up the proposal Oct. 2.

Litter cleanup cost $150,000

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments says it recently spent almost $150,000 cleaning up litter from a small parcel of state land in the Bighorn Basin.

State lands officials say the land was used for decades as an illegal dump. Items discarded there included car and truck bodies, farm equipment, appliances and furniture.

The land also was used as an unauthorized motocross track by people driving motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.

The cleanup process involved closing off the 240 acres near Burlington to all vehicles.

Ryan Lance with the state lands office says litter and vandalism are common on state lands. He says the damage makes it difficult to lease out state lands to raise money for public schools, the University of Wyoming and the State Veteran's Home.

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