Worland Area News 11-14-18
Written by jordanmckamey on November 14, 2018
The Casper Star Tribune reports t he more than 700 Wyoming high school students who descended upon Casper earlier this week raised more than $16,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in just three hours on Monday.
The total was still climbing Tuesday afternoon as small-change donations collected from passing cars were being counted. The money is enough to grant two wishes for ill Wyoming children.
Morgan Legerski, Make-A-Wish Wyoming’s CEO, praised the effort of both the students and the Casper community.
Legerski said it was difficult to compare this event, with 720-odd students from 54 Wyoming high schools spreading out across the state to collect money, to any other event Make-A-Wish conducts.
Quote, “Thank you to the 720 students who came out yesterday and froze for us and also to the whole community. People don’t have to stop and roll down their window and make a donation, and people did. Lots of people did.” End quote said Legerski.
She said it’s yet to be determined which children will be receiving the money raised Monday. Each wish costs about $8,000, she said, and the Wyoming chapter of the national organization is currently working on 38 wishes statewide.
Snowmobiling season is scheduled to open this week in the Bighorn National Forest depending on the amount of snowfall.
The Gillette News Record reports the season will begin Friday if the ground has at least 6 inches (15 centimeters) in the Big Horn Mountains. U.S. Forest Service regulations prohibit snowmobiling in areas with less than 6 inches of snow.
The National Weather Service is predicting the northern Wyoming area will get up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snowfall from Monday through Thursday morning.
Snowmobiling will remain off limits in the Cloud Peak Wilderness area, downhill ski areas, cross-country ski trails and the Medicine Wheel Snowmobile Restricted area and wildlife area.
All snowmobiles are required to display a current Wyoming or nonresident user fee decal.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is asking select hunters statewide to donate teeth from their harvested mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, moose, bison, mountain lions, black bears and bobcats. Wildlife managers can learn the ages of harvested animals from teeth, and that information is important for managing wildlife.
Wildlife managers pre-determine hunt areas that will be analyzed each year for certain species. In these areas, local Game and Fish personnel focus sampling efforts by collecting teeth at check stations or request teeth from hunters who receive mailed tooth boxes.
Hunters who do not receive a tooth box but want their trophy or big game harvest aged can for a fee of $25-$30 per animal, depending on the species. Contact the tooth aging coordinator at 307-721-1926 for additional information.
In 2017, there were 2,518 total teeth processed from nine different species in Wyoming. The lab is expected to process more for 2018 with an increased focus on sampling deer for chronic wasting disease.