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Wyoming crash claims life of Montana woman

WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — A 38-year-old Montana woman has died in a single-vehicle rollover in northern Wyoming. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the accident occurred about 6 p.m. last Thursday on U.S. 20, about 2 miles north of Worland. It identified the victim as Donna Rollins, of Deer Lodge, Montana. The patrol says a 2001 SUV driven by 61-year-old Elizabeth Rollins, of Deer Lodge, went onto the shoulder and was overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times. The driver, two other adults from Worland and a 4-year-old child were all taken to Washakie Medical Center in Worland, where their conditions were not available. The patrol says the accident remains under investigation. … Read entire article »

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Wildfire near Keyhole Reservoir 75 percent contained

SUNDANCE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters have gained 75 percent containment on a wildfire east of the Keyhole Reservoir in northeast Wyoming. The fire was started by lightning on Friday and quickly blew up, destroying one home and about a dozen outbuildings. The fire has burned about 19 square miles. However, work by some 170 firefighters from numerous state, local and federal agencies helped in getting good containment on the fire. On Monday, all evacuation orders were lifted. Also in Crook County, firefighters have completed containment on a fire that broke out last week about 17 miles southwest of Sundance. That fire burned about 3 square miles. … Read entire article »

Central Wyoming College president leaving

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Central Wyoming College president Cristobal Valdez is leaving to take a job in Illinois. Valdez announced in an email Thursday that he will become president at Richland Community College in August. Valdez has been president of the Riverton college since 2014. CWC is also is losing its vice president for administrative affairs. The college has cut $2.4 million in spending and lost a number of faculty and staff positions this spring. … Read entire article »

Boy scouts mildly injured after rafting crash on North Fork

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Two rafters suffered minor injuries after rafts carrying a group of Boy Scouts flipped on the North Fork of the Shoshone River. Friday, two inflatable rafts carrying four adults and 10 juveniles from the Buffalo Bill Boy Scout camp flipped on a portion of the river between Cody and Yellowstone National park. Park County Search and Rescue found 10 of the victims sheltered under a rock ledge. The other four rafters had been swept about a quarter mile downstream. One adult and one juvenile had sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to West Park Hospital as a precaution. … Read entire article »

State plan promoted by Wyoming Department of Education

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Department of Education is using the internet to inform people about its strategic plan. The department set up a web site called Wyoming Measures Up to help the department increase average accreditation scores, increase student involvement and increase the number of students enrolled in online learning. Some board of education members were upset because they felt they weren’t involved in the process. The strategic plan includes areas the department says are designed to support the department’s mission and vision. … Read entire article »

Water dispute simmers over Lake Hattie Reservoir level

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A legal dispute is simmering between Lake Hattie Reservoir cabin owners and the Pioneer Canal-Lake Hattie Irrigation District over water rights. A judge last week denied a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the district from filling the reservoir to its highest water line as planned. The district’s attorney Attorney Greg Weisz said the case will move forward, but the judge expressed concern as to whether it fell under his jurisdiction. Representation for the cabin owners could not be reached for comment. Court records show the owners are concerned about flooding. … Read entire article »

More noise reductions sought for Jackson Hole Airport

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Commercial jets landing at Jackson Hole Airport may be changing course to reduce noise over the Snake River. Up to a dozen commercial jets land at the airport over a period of a few hours in Grand Teton National Park, disturbing sports enthusiasts and visitors. A professional planner is being hired to draw up new flight plans, which could take two years. The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports recent changes are not enough because more jets are using the airport. … Read entire article »

Riverton Job Corps center graduates first class

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — The first commencement ceremony at the new Wind River Job Corps center in Riverton saw 35 students graduate from the facility. Not all students who walked at graduation have completed their job corps programs, but all are expected to do so within the next month. The Job Corps center opened last August. The success of the first class will be closely watched as the school aims to become a legacy institution of Fremont County. … Read entire article »

Wildfire threatens homes in northeast Wyoming

SUNDANCE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters have gained about 30 percent containment on a wildfire that is threatening rural residences in Crook County in northeast Wyoming. State Forester Bill Crapser says about 20 rural residences have been advised to evacuate. Crapser says the fire is burning in heavy timber about 17 miles southwest of the town of Sundance, which is not threatened. About 140 firefighters supported by helicopters and air tankers are fighting the fire. The fire was started by lightning on Tuesday and has burned an estimated three square miles. Crapser says firefighters felt they were making progress until Friday morning when the fire began increasing in size in hot, dry weather conditions. Gov. Matt Mead on Friday urged area … Read entire article »

US rig count down 3 this week to 421

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 421, snapping three weeks of gains after a slide that lasted months and pushed the count to record-low levels amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 859 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 330 rigs sought oil and 90 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained three rigs, North Dakota two and Alaska and Colorado one each. Louisiana declined by five, Oklahoma four and West Virginia one. Arkansas, California, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged. The U.S. rig count … Read entire article »