- - Sunday, December 18, 2011

NEVADA

Activists file lawsuit against horse castration

RENO — A coalition of environmentalists and wild-horse activists is suing the government to block its implementation of a precedent-setting plan to castrate hundreds of wild stallions in eastern Nevada.

The lawsuit, filed by the Western Watersheds Project and Cloud Foundation, follows the Bureau of Land Management’s decision in July to back off a similar plan to castrate hundreds of wild stallions in Wyoming.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., challenges the bureau’s plans to remove 1,800 wild horses from the sprawling Pancake Complex near Ely over the next six to 10 years, and to castrate 200 stallions before releasing them back to the complex as geldings.

ALASKA

City scraps tradition of solstice fireworks show

FAIRBANKS — Plans for a solstice fireworks show in downtown Fairbanks have been scrapped this year, with downtown representatives saying the change is part of a shift toward a longer holiday event.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that the Downtown Association of Fairbanks decided to overhaul the one-day solstice festival this year into a three-week event.

The “21 Days of Solstice” promotion kicked off Dec. 1 and runs through Wednesday. It’s part of an effort to attract people downtown for a longer time.

Association spokeswoman Amy Nordrum said some residents have complained about the shift away from solstice-day fireworks.

MAINE

Police search for missing toddler

WATERVILLE — Police say a toddler has been missing from her Waterville home in Maine since a family member saw her asleep in her bed Friday night.

Federal, state and local officials were helping in a search Sunday for 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds. The girl’s father called police Saturday morning to report that his daughter was not in her bed and couldn’t be found.

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