Oct 22, 2013 The Associated Press

Bills would up G&F funds

A legislative committee is considering bills to provide additional revenue sources for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

One bill proposes raising the price of hunting and fishing licenses by 10 percent. The other asks the Wyoming Legislature to pay for elk feedgrounds, grizzly bear management and Game and Fish employee health insurance out of the state general fund.

The measures are before the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee. Dozens of people have told the committee they support efforts to help Game and Fish.

Equine herpes found in state

Two cases of the neurologic form of equine herpes Virus Type 1 have been discovered in northwestern Wyoming.

The Wyoming Livestock Board reports that a total of seven horses in Teton and Park counties were affected by the disease.

One horse had to be euthanized, while the remaining horses were placed under quarantine.

State veterinarians have determined that the two incidents are unrelated, and no new cases have been reported in the two counties.

The equine herpes virus is highly contagious, but the neurological form of it is rare. It appears suddenly and is usually rapidly progressing. The disease typically causes horses to develop a fever, lose control of their extremities and can result in death.

Yoder man to challenge Lummis

A 35-year-old corrections officer from Yoder says he will challenge U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis in next year's Republican primary.

Jason Senteney has no political experience.

He works at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington. He was born and raised in Torrington and is a veteran of the Marine Corps and a volunteer firefighter.

Senteney said he plans on centering his campaign on the middle class workers of Wyoming, such as coal miners and oil field workers.

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