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Oct 7, 2012 The Associated Press

Coleman selected to fill HD30 seat

SHERIDAN-- The Sheridan Board of County Commissioners has selected Kathy Coleman to fill the vacant House District 30 seat.

The seat was vacated by the early departure of Republican Rep. Jon Botten, of Banner.

Sheridan County Republican precinct committee members chose Coleman and Peter Schoonmaker as nominees for the seat earlier this week.

BLM approves uranium mine

RAWLINS -- The Bureau of Land Management has approved a suburban Denver company's plan for uranium mining in southwest Wyoming.

The decision on Ur-Energy Inc.'s proposed Lost Creek mine could be appealed, but the company said Friday it plans to start construction this month.

National listing for Devils Tower

Devils Tower National Monument has been named as a top-10 ecotourism destination by the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Richard Edwards, the center's director, said the center wanted to highlight places in the Great Plains region that may otherwise be ignored by visitors. The center this spring conducted a two-phase survey of 51 naturalists in nine states with knowledge of Great Plains ecotourism. Those contacted for the survey worked for state agencies, nonprofit advocacy groups and private sector tourism firms, Edwards said.

Those surveyed were asked a handful of things, according to Edwards: "Tell us what sites you think produce the most powerful environmental experience for a tourist and/or are the most critical for providing habitat for biodiversity."

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