Oct 24, 2012 The Associated Press

Uranium mine clears last hurdle

The state Department of Environmental Quality has approved a deep disposal well permit for a northeast Wyoming uranium mining project.

It is the last permit needed by Uranerz Energy Corp. to begin production at its Nichols Ranch uranium facility.

The site is located about halfway between Gillette and Kaycee.

Nichols Ranch will become the company's first active uranium mining facility in Wyoming. The site will include in-situ recovery wells and a central processing plant. The company began construction on the site in August 2011.

Uranerz hopes to start production at Nichols Ranch in the first quarter of 2013. The company is licensed to produce up to two million pounds of uranium per year.

Wintry storm hits Wyoming

CHEYENNE -- The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory for a large part of southern Wyoming.

Snow falling Wednesday morning in south central Wyoming was causing some slick roads, including Interstate 80 in the Arlington area.

Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, Rock Springs and Rawlins are included in the winter weather advisory.

The Weather Service says 2 to 5 inches of snow could fall in the area Wednesday and Thursday with higher amounts in mountain areas.

Cheyenne passes bird feeding ban

CHEYENNE -- The city of Cheyenne has made it illegal to feed geese and ducks on any city-owned or city-operated property.

The Cheyenne City Council approved the ban on an 8-2 vote Monday. There was no discussion from the public or from council members.

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