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State Calls Interior Department Into Question

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead told those attending a town hall meeting in Jackson Saturday morning that the state is drafting a letter to the Department of Interior voicing concern over the curtailment of services to the traveling public at the national parks in the state. Mead says the letter being drafted cites some of the consequences of the curtailment of services and calling for a better way of handling the cuts.  Mead says while he believes the federal cuts are necessary, but the way the government is going about sequestration seems to create the most conflict rather than doing it the way the state did it last year with efforts to make the impact of the cuts the least painful possible. Last week, the new Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell assumed her responsibilities with the departure of Secretary Ken Salazar.  Mead said he had an excellent working relationship with Salazar who had come to the post from neighboring Colorado.  That doesn’t mean the state didn’t have serious disagreements with Salazar on some issues but Mead says, “We could meet as we did many times…on wolves and other issues and hashed out where we agreed and disagreed.”  He says Wyoming will reach out to the new Secretary and try to form that same relationship.  Mead points out that while the state and the Interior Secretary may not always agree, it is very important that Wyoming has a close working relationship with Interior because, in his words, “it means so much to our state in so many ways.”

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