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May 28, 2013 - The Associated Press
Lower DUI limit discussed
CHEYENNE -- The National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation for states to lower their blood-alcohol limit for drunken drivers is getting mixed reviews in Wyoming.
The Safety Board voted earlier this month to recommend that the legal limit for impaired driving be lowered to 0.05. That is down from the 0.08 standard throughout the country.
Gov. Matt Mead says he would prefer to increase penalties for drunken drivers, but he is willing to study the recommendation.
However, Mike Moser, of the Wyoming State Liquor Association, said the change could criminalize social drinking.
Moser says it makes more sense to crack down on heavy drinkers who are more dangerous behind the wheel.
Several state lawmakers say it's unlikely the Legislature will change its legal limit anytime soon.
Game and Fish to trap, release wolves
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department plans to trap and release wolves near Dubois, Cody and Pinedale over the next few months.
The game department is required to monitor wolf populations under its agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that ended federal oversight of wolves in the state last year.
Once the state agency traps the wolves, it will immobilize them and then process them before releasing them on site.
The trapping will occur in the Absaroka Range north of Dubois and west of Cody, the Wind River Range near Dubois and the Gros Ventre Range, north of Pinedale and east of Bondurant.
The game department plans to post all trapping sites and says it's critical that the public doesn't enter posted areas.
Improvements at veterans cemetery
EVANSVILLE -- The Wyoming state veterans cemetery at Evansville is undergoing more than $3 million in improvements.
The work at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery includes improved roadways, increased parking and interment options.
Raising all headstones to ground level is the first project scheduled.
Cemetery director Burt Widmer says some headstones have sunk several inches over the past 27 years.
Other projects include replacing the main irrigation lines, and adding a new storage building, new entrance gate and information kiosk. The chapel will also receive new siding.
Construction is being done to minimize impacts to funeral services and is expected to be complete in 2014.
The improvements are funded through about $1 million in federal grants and $2 million from the state.
Hunting licenses apps due Friday
CHEYENNE -- The deadline is coming up fast for Wyoming resident big game hunters to apply online for limited quota elk, deer, and antelope licenses.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the deadline for submitting online applications is 5 p.m. May 31.
The deadline to submit paper applications was May 15.
The department says that it currently receives more than 90 percent of hunters' applications online. It says that applying online is not only more convenient for hunters but also saves more for the department and reduces errors.