Worland News 9-14-18

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The Washakie County Sheriff’s Office, through their Facebook page, is calling on the help of local communities in the search for a missing hunter.
The missing person’s report indicates Richard Morris Rush was staying in his camp trailer at his hunting camp located approximately 2 miles north of Big Trails, Wyoming and 18 miles south of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. Richard was due to return to Worland on Sunday, September 9th, but did not and has not been seen since Friday September 7th.
Rush’s pickup and hunting equipment were found at his camper, but his four-wheeler was gone. Local authorities and rescue operations have been actively searching with personnel on the ground beginning the evening of September 12th, when Richard was reported missing. Two fixed wing aircraft searched the area yesterday. The aerial search will continue again today. The Sheriff’s Office thanks all who have helped in any way so far.
If anyone has seen Richard Rush or his four-wheeler since September 7th, please contact the Washakie County Sheriff’s Office at 307-347-2242.

Firefighters from the Thermopolis Volunteer Fire Department and the BLM are responding to an approximately 800 acre wildfire along Black Mountain Road. The Black Mountain Fire is burning in grass and brush on public and private land. The fire did start during a Red Flag Warning that was issued on Wednesday. The warning expired at 7:00 P.M. yesterday evening. There are no containment estimates on this fire as of this time.

A U.S. judge has delayed for two more weeks the first grizzly bear hunts to be held in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.
Thursday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen leaves the fate of about 700 bruins in the Northern Rockies in limbo as he considers whether federal protections for the animals should be restored.
Christensen already delayed the hunts in Wyoming and Idaho once, with an order that came two days before hunting was set to begin on Sept. 1.
Wildlife advocates and Native American tribes say bears living in and around Yellowstone National Park face continued threats to their survival.
The U.S. Interior Department in 2017 declared the animals no longer needed federal protections.
Up to 23 bears would be allowed to be killed in the hunts.

An article via the Casper Star-Tribune and posted in the Wyoming Daily News state allegations Republican candidate for governor Mark Gordon won his primary because of Democrats voting in the GOP contest are statistically unfounded, new voter registration numbers from the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office show.
In the weeks after the election, some Republicans in Wyoming have claimed Gordon, who defeated runner-up Foster Friess by more than 9,000 votes, was pushed over the finish line by Democrats who switched parties to prevent more hard-line candidates from winning.
According to the numbers, between Aug. 21 and Sept. 1, Wyoming’s Republican Party added 8,200 new voters. The Democrats, meanwhile, lost just 1,800 voters during that time, while nearly 2,400 unaffiliated voters chose to register for a party. Though it’s unclear which party they registered with, it’s clear that currently registered voters who either switched parties or chose to participate in the Republican primary were far outweighed by new or returning voters who may simply have chosen to participate in the state’s most competitive race.

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