Worland Area News 11-19-18

Written by on November 19, 2018

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission held its November meeting last week in Casper. The volunteer board voted on several major topics and had other substantial discussions related to Wyoming’s fish and wildlife. The commission voted to approve 12-month licenses for fishing, small game, game birds, furbearers and conservation stamps. This came after a change in state law in 2018 allowing licenses not to expire at the end of the calendar year, but to expire 12 months from the date of purchase with the goal to be more customer friendly. The commission also approved a fee to help Game and Fish offset costs of license purchases made with a credit card.
After a survey of Wyoming hunters the commission directed Game and Fish to draft a hunting regulation related to fair chase and new technologies.
This would allow traceable arrows to better track wounded prey. Prohibit smart rifles, which are rifles that lock onto a target. Prohibit enhanced sights for archery. Mandate that hunters follow up on a shot to determine if an animal is wounded or killed.
This draft regulation would still have to go out for public comment in the coming months and the commission would have a final vote on the potential changes in April 2019.

University of Wyoming officials have agreed to put half of all future tuition increases toward priorities determined by administrators and student government. The Board of Trustees agreed to the change last Tuesday.
The Laramie Boomerang reports that existing policy required half of any tuition increase to be spent on faculty and staff increases. The other half went to fund libraries, information technology and academic unit support.
The new policy replaces the libraries, information technology and academic units with priorities developed by members of student government and administrators “to enhance student success.”
The Associated Students of the University of Wyoming has formed a committee to develop proposals on how tuition increases should be spent. University president Laurie Nichols says the funding could be for one-time uses or for continuing projects.

For the first time this year, a monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states indicates the regional rural economy is shrinking.
The overall index of the Rural Mainstreet survey for November sank to 49.9, the first time it’s dipped below 50 since January, and down from October’s 54.3. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy in the months ahead, while a score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the farm sector continues to be weakened by tariffs and low commodity prices. Jeffrey Gerhart, CEO of the Bank of Newman Grove in northeastern Nebraska, says the tariffs are affecting farmers’ income and are, quote, “bad policy from the White House.”

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