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Jul 30, 2013 - The Associated Press

UW going ahead with golf facility

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has selected a Wyoming firm to build a new, $1.2 million Indoor Golf Practice Facility.

The UW Board of Trustees on Friday voted to award the $850,000 contract to Spiegelberg Lumber and Building Co. of Laramie. There were five bidders for the project at Jacoby Golf Course in Laramie.

Construction is scheduled to begin in August and be completed by the end of November.

The project is completely funded through private donations.

The 3,000-square-foot facility will be used by UW's intercollegiate golf teams for practice and training. It also will be a revenue-generating facility to augment the golf course's operations, as memberships for its use will be available to the public.

Light use for park bus so far

JACKSON -- The new bus service that connects Jackson with Yellowstone and other gateway cities hasn't been getting much use so far this summer.

The transportation cooperative Linx received a $145,000 grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation this year to help subsidize the service, and Linx partnered with Salt Lake Express to run the buses. Tickets are $25 to get to Yellowstone from Jackson.

Linx sales manager Collette Rinehart said only four or five people a week have been riding the route.

Rick Howe is director of visitor services at the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce. Howe says the system could still catch on, especially for foreign visitors.

The current grant will allow buses to run through September.

Six animal deaths at CFD

CHEYENNE -- At least six animals died during Cheyenne Frontier Days, including five steers or calves that either died or were euthanized after competition.

Roughly 4,500 animals participated in the 10-day event.

A 15-year-old steer wrestling horse also died during competition but an autopsy found a pre-existing heart condition, not an injury, was to blame.

The fate of four other animals released to their owners after suffering serious injuries isn't known.

Animal rights activists returned to the rodeo this year and posted online videos of events they find objectionable, including the roping of larger steers.

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