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Romney tops straw poll Page 3 MDU line project begins  Page 5 Dance and spirit groups Page 6 Bulldog wrestlers second at state __ Page 9 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 106, NUMBER 38 THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 75 Reward offered for info about poached antelope BY PATTI CARPENTER Local game warden Jim Hobbs is asking for help from the public that will help the Wy- oming Game and Fish Depart- ment apprehend the individual or individuals who illegally shot an antelope outside of hunting season on Sunday sometime be- fore noon. Hobbs reports that the ani- mal was shot multiple times with a 22-caliber weapon through the chest and lungs and then through the head on BLM land near the junction of the road to Georgia Pacific and Spence Oil Field Road. The area is located between Lovell and Greybull. Hobbs described the killing as a thrill kill. "This normally doesn't hap- pen just one time with a thrill killing like this, so people need to be extra vigilant and report any- thing unusual they see going on in the area," said Hobbs. "Once something like this happens, it's not unusual to see it happen again in the same area." The young buck was estimat- ed to be around 3 years old. His antlers were not fully developed. His body was left to rot at the lo- cation. "Because of this act, other hunters have lost their opportu- nity to hunt this animal legally," said Hobbs. "We lost the oppor- tunity to see this animal fully mature." Wyoming Game and Fish is offering a reward up to $500 for information leading to the ap- prehension of the individual or individuals responsible for kill- ing the animal. Tips can be anon- ymous, said Hobbs. If convicted, the individu- als found responsible could lose hunting privileges in more than 30 states for a specified period of time and can also be fined. "If anyone saw anything out of the ordinary on Sunday in the area, they need to report it to us as soon as they can," said Hobbs. "This is all of our wildlife and we need to protect it when we can." Hobbs said that Game and Fish has a slim chance of catch- ing the person or persons respon- sible for this act without help from the public. "This is especially sad in an area like this where we don't have a ton of antelope to hunt le- gally like they do in some parts See 'POACHED,' page 2 House hammers out budget BY PATTI CARPENTER The Wyoming House of Rep- resentatives corapleted their monumental task of reviewing and revising the state's budget bill this week. The 2,000-page bill initiated by the Gov. Mead will determine the state's expendi- tures for the next two years. Now the House and Senate will resolve their differences in a conference committee. The bill provides for roughly $3.2 billion in spending. "After the Governor turned in his budget and the Joint Appro- priations Committee worked it, the bill went to both floors for dis- cussion," explained Rep. Elaine Harvey of Lovell. "On first read- ing, we just discussed the agen- cies and their needs. On second reading, the House introduced 48 amendments, passed 23 and nine were with- drawn by the sponsor." On the third read- ing, which took place on Monday, 40 amendments were intro- Representative duced, 15 Elaine Harvey passed and five were withdrawn by the spon- sor. The largest topics for discus- sion were about the university and community colleges and what and how they should be funded. State employees were discussed, education, Camp Gurnsey and Dept. of Health funding." Harvey explained that some amendments can be dispensed within a few minutes, but others can take up to an hour to debate. "Thursday is notoriously known as one of the longest days of the session because of the sec- ond reading amendments," said Harvey. "At the same time as debate is ongoing with the bud- get bill, regular non-budget bills have until Friday to be heard in Committee of the Whole. Those bills that don't get heard by ad- journment on Friday will die. So there is a lot of pressure to move forward, but to also move forward with diligence and expeditiously." The part of the budget bill that will provide needed funds for Lovell High School's remodel passed the Senate and the House this week. It will now go to the conference committee, since there are some minor changes to the House version from the Senate version. The changes do not affect Representative Elaine Harvey: Harvey00@tctwest.net Bill status hotline: 1-800-342-9570 Voter hotline: 1-866-996-8682 House receptiOnist: 1,307777,7852 On the web: http://legisweb.state.wyius the school's plan, which is a cost- effective remodel that will cir- cumvent the eventual expense of having to build a new school. "None of these changes affect our LHS remodel project funds," said North Big Horn School Dis- trict No. 1 Supt. Dan Coe. "Once it passes conference committee, it goes back the Senate and House for approval then the Governor for his signature. Since the legis- lature is scheduled to end Thurs- day March 8, this process is ex- pected to take place by then. "We are hoping it becomes law next week and project we can start planning for the remodel by May or June. It is projected by our architects that it will take up to a year for the design phase of the project prior to construction." The House sent a number of resolutions to Congress. One reso- lution asked Congress to halt post office closures while considering alternatives that might prove to be better business models. "We asked them to quit clos- ing post offices and to start talk- ing about alternatives," said Har- vey. "We asked them to amend their business model to some- thing that makes more sense from a business perspective." Another resolution sent to Congress asked them not to pass a law that could undermine par- See 'HOUSE,' page 2 Budget bill worked in Senate, compromise now needed BY DAVID PECK As a legislator, you win some battles and you lose some battles. That was the message from Sen. Ray Peterson of Cowley Tues- day as the 2012 Budget Session of the Wyoming Legislature passed the halfway point early this week. Peter- son said most bills origi- nating in the House and Senator Senate have Ray Peterson either passed Senator Ray Peterson: Bill Senate receptionist: 1:307-777=7751 On the web: http://legisweb.state.wy.us in their chamber of origin or have been killed, with last Friday being the cutoff date for bills to be con- sidered in the Committee of the Whole (first reading). He said of 135 House bills filed, 53 were not considered for introduction, leaving 82 pieces of legislation in the hopper - 73 House bills and nine joint resolu- tions. Fifteen of the 82 have since been killed or failed to be consid- ered by the cutoff deadline. In the Senate, out of 109 Sen- ate files, 13 were not considered for introduction, leaving 96 intro- duced, and of those, 25 were killed or ran out of time. That leaves 67 House bills and 72 Senate files rpeterson@W ng.com still in the works. With Friday being the last day for Committee of the Whole in the house of origin, but with work needed on third reading of the budget bill (SF1), the Senate post- poned third reading of the budget bill until Monday and worked Sen- ate files on the floor all day. That work saved 32 Senate files, Peter- son said, including his bill on Med- icaid fraud. "We were spending a lot of time on the budget, with amend- ments, so the Senate files were being threatened," Peterson said. "We postponed third reading of the budget bill until Monday and worked all day Friday in the Com- mittee of the Whole. We worked until 4:30 p.m." As the budget was worked by See 'SENATE,' page 8 House bill summary Here is a summary of the bills that passed the Wyoming House of Representatives this week: WEDNESD4,Y, FEB. 22 HB0005 Life and health in- surance guarantee association limitations. Relates to insurance, increasing limits on annuity and health insurance benefits liabil- ity of life and health insurance guarantee association. HB0015 Insurance-surplus lines. Relates to insurance, pro- viding for regulation of surplus lines, providing for independent- ly procured insurance, imposing a premium tax on such insurance, providing definitions, repealing inconsistent provisions. I-IB0016 Insurance code-revi- sions. Relates to insurance, modi- fying provisions relating to main- taining NAIC accreditation and relating to financial solvency of insurers, authorizing premium rate adjustments by the commis- sioner, providing for judicial re- view of commissioner decisions, providing for consideration of pro- tection of creditors in suspension or revocation of certificates of au- thority, providing guidelines for suspension and revocation of cer- tificates of authority, adjusting risk based capital requirements for life, disability and health in- surers and providing for an effec- tive date. HB0021 Exceeding speed limit while passing. Authorizes drivers of motor vehicles to ex- ceed posted speed limits in order to pass vehicles traveling under the posted speed limit. HB0022 Gold star license plates-expanded eligibility. Re- lates to specialty license plates, in particular, expanding eligibil- ity for the gold star license plate. HB0027 Extension of energy producing states coalition. Re- lates to the legislature, extend- ing the energy producing states coalition as specified, requiring a report, providing an appropria- tion and providing for an effective date. HB0031 Obsolete laws. Re- garding general revision of laws, amending archaic and obsolete provisions, correcting and updat- ing references, conforming pro- visions to previous enactments, repealing provisions held to be unconstitutional, repealing fully executed and otherwise archaic or obsolete provisions. HB0041 Omnibus water bill-planning. Relates to water development projects, authoriz- ing specified Level I and Level II studies and providing appropria- tions, requiring reports, provid- See 'SUMMARY,' page 7