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    Fremont County to submit state shooting complex proposal featuring ‘primarily federal land,’ Shoshoni mayor says

    Fremont County plans to submit a site proposal to the Wyoming State Shooting Complex Oversight Task Force that includes “primarily federal land,” Shoshoni Mayor Joel Highsmith reported this week.

    Members of the state task force have expressed concern about building the facility on federal property, but Highsmith said the Fremont County Association of Governments voted last week to “go ahead and submit what we have for the shooting complex” despite the federal land involved.

    “We’re not very optimistic,” he said during a Shoshoni Town Council meeting Tuesday. “(But) we’re going to put together the best proposal. Fremont County is the best place to put it.”

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    The local committee working on Fremont County’s state shooting complex proposal has been looking for alternative properties to include in their submission in addition to the ones they highlighted in their initial letter of interest, Highsmith said, and “we have some land that would work really well” – there just isn’t enough of it to “satisfy the state.”

    “(We’re) trying to find enough privately owned and state-owned land, that’s together, that would make a large enough area to make a world-class facility,” Highsmith said. “We don’t have a path forward without using a lot of government property. We’ve got the best site to put it, but it involves a lot of government property, and I don’t know if we can make that work.”

    There is a “path forward” to develop the complex on federal land, Highsmith noted, but the state would have to be “willing to take the time” to work out the details.

    “Maybe they will,” he said “We’ve had members meet with the task force members for Wyoming and had some good conversations, and some of them understand. (But) some of them don’t.”

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    Site proposals for the state shooting complex are due June 3.

    The state task force will hold a closed executive session meeting June 13 to review and screen the proposals for formal presentations, which are scheduled to take place June 24-25 in Casper.

    Wyoming Rep. Pepper Ottman, R-Riverton, is a member of the state task force.

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