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Dec 28, 2012 - The Associated Press

Hunters 11 shy of wolf quota

JACKSON -- Hunters have killed 41 wolves so far during Wyoming's trophy wolf-hunting season.

As of the latest update posted by the state on Wednesday, eleven more wolves can be taken before the season ends on Monday. Hunters have 24 hours to report kills.

Hunt supporter Maury "Jonesy" Jones said he's not surprised that hunters haven't filled the quota yet because wolves are difficult to shoot.

It's Wyoming's first wolf hunting season since the federal government reintroduced wolves to the Yellowstone ecosystem in the 1990s.

Besides the trophy kills, 23 wolves have been killed around Wyoming this year because they were considered predators.

UW offers new degree for 'landmen'

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming is offering a new undergraduate program in professional land management.

UW's program is one of just seven in North America accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen.

Don Roth of the UW School of Energy Resources says graduates of the program will be nationally certified professional landmen, prepared for long-term competitive success in the oil, gas and mining industries.

Roth says there's a tremendous demand for landmen, particularly in the West.

Landmen determine land ownership and availability for mineral leasing; negotiate agreements with landowners for drilling and production rights; draft and administer contracts with the assistance of corporate counsel; coordinate workflow with geologists and engineers; and ensure compliance with government regulations.

Some school iPads being damaged

POWELL -- About 5 percent of the iPads purchased for school students and staffers in Powell have had to be repaired or replaced since they were introduced last year.

The Powell Tribune reported Wednesday that 81 iPads worth $40,192 were damaged. Of those, seven belonged to teachers and administrators and 74 were assigned to students.

Park County School District No. 1 paid about $1,890 to replace the seven staff iPads. Parents had to pick up the cost of the damaged student iPads. The replacement price for them was $256 each under the district's insurance plan.

IPads were distributed to high school, middle school and elementary students and staffers in the fall of 2011 at a cost of $722,000.

The most common problem was broken screens. The district has since purchased covers to help protect better the tablets.

Animal shelters to get race donations

The sponsor of the Stage Stop Sled Dog Race will donate dog food to eight animal shelters along the race route.

Pedigree announced Thursday that it will donate a year's worth of dog food to seven shelters in Wyoming -- in Jackson, Alpine, Pinedale, Lander, Big Piney, Kemmerer and Evanston -- as well as to a shelter in West Yellowstone, Mont.

The 18th annual Stage Stop Sled Dog Race will include parts of Montana, Idaho and Utah on its course this year, in addition to running through Wyoming.

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