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Apr 17, 2013 - The Associated Press

G&F catches antler poachers

KEMMERER -- Two southwest Wyoming men have been successfully prosecuted for violating the state's antler collection regulation.

A two-year Game and Fish antler task force investigation resulted in guilty pleas from the two over the last six months.

Habitat Access Coordinator Andy Countryman says both men removed shed antlers on Miller Mountain, within a Bureau of Land Management big game winter range closure, before the antler season opening date of May 1.

In the spring of 2010, Game and Fish implemented the antler collection regulation in an effort to minimize unnecessary stress and disturbances on wintering wildlife. Countryman credited anonymous public tips helped in getting the cases solved.

UW to confer honorary degrees

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming will confer honorary doctoral degrees upon two individuals who are recognized internationally as leaders in their professions.

They are Sheridan native Nancy Gwinn, director of the Smithsonian Libraries; and Casper native Dr. Stephen Nicholas, a world-renowned pediatric AIDS specialist.

Both are UW alumni, and they will receive the college's highest award during UW Commencement on May 11.

UW bestows honorary degrees on individuals who embody the university's high ideals; exemplify the values of excellence, service and integrity; and have distinguished accomplishments in their professions or contributions to the sciences, arts, humanities, public service and service to humanity.

Historians seek to honor Fremont

RENO, Nev. -- On his historic 1843-44 expedition across the West, John Fremont named some prominent features in what became Nevada, including Pyramid Lake and the Humboldt and Walker rivers. Now the explorer known as The Pathfinder could have his first geographic feature in the state named after him.

The Historical Society of Dayton Valley is asking the Nevada State Board on Geographic Names to designate a low mountain along the Carson River about 25 miles east of Carson City as Fremont Lookout.

Society members Guy Rocha and Stony Tennant said extensive research shows Fremont stood atop the mountain on Jan. 20, 1844, to gain a view west of the Dayton Valley and the Carson Range above Carson City.

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