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Police investigate suspect who killed himself during pursuit

WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) ” The Washakie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a Colorado man killed himself after a high-speed chase. Deputy Mike Oberth attempted to pull over 35-year-old Hayden Wilson, of Denver, for a traffic stop Monday when the Dodge Avenger sped away on U.S. Highway 20. Wilson reached speeds of to 120 mph. After speeding through Worland, Wilson drove through a fence before stopping in a gully. As officers approached the vehicle, Wilson fatally shot himself in the head. Authorities say the vehicle was reported stolen out of Colorado. The firearm Wilson used had a filed-off serial number. Officers found methamphetamine, heroin and psilocybin mushrooms in the vehicle. Wilson also had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Manhattan, Montana. … Read entire article »

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Autopsy shows man killed on motorcycle was intoxicated

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) ” An autopsy found a Riverton man was intoxicated when he died in a motorcycle accident west of Riverton. 54-year-old Eiley R. Holliman had a blood-alcohol content of .188 when his 2007 Yamaha motorcycle left the paved portion of 8 Mile Road, slid sideways down the borrow ditch for more than 400 feet and crashing into a fence line on May 2. He was thrown about 288 feet from the motorcycle after the bike left the roadway. He was not wearing a helmet. He was found at about 5:52 a.m., hours after the 1 a.m. crash. Holliman’s girlfriend had called law enforcement to report him missing when he failed to return home from town. … Read entire article »

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Wyoming oil drilling slows as barrel prices stay low

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Oil production in the first quarter is up in Wyoming compared to last year, but low prices could be the cause of steady slowing. Data from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission show the 1.37 million barrels produced in the first three months of 2015 is about 8.5 percent less than the last quarter of 2014. Petroleum Association of Wyoming vice president John Boitaille says the month-to-month production decreases this year could be caused by the low price of oil. Production was at an all-time high in December, right before per-barrel prices dropped to the $40s. This week, they’re up around $60. Gov. Matt Mead says a lag in reporting is delaying impacts of low oil prices on state revenue and employment. … Read entire article »

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Political argument in Cody over education materials

CODY, Wyo. (AP)  Proposed new reading materials for students in Cody schools have drawn criticism from some who say they promote a liberal agenda. They contend the agenda includes inaccurate discussion of global warming and a disproportionate focus on the stories of minorities. However, others say that the critics are over sensitive to the materials and that the reading curriculum is needed to help students succeed in today’s world. The Park County School District 6 school board has been looking at the proposed curriculum for about two years. It held a public meeting Tuesday night to hear comments. The proposed reading materials are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The school board will form a separate committee to address complaints filed over the materials. … Read entire article »

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Grizzly moved after killing several domestic sheep

CODY, Wyo. (AP)  A young male grizzly bear was relocated after officials say it killed domestic sheep. Wyoming Game and Fish officials became concerned after hearing about dead livestock. They say the bear killed several sheep over a three-night period. Officials used traps and a camera to find the bear on private land between Themopolis and Meeteetse. On May 14, they immobilized the animal and moved it 15 miles northwest of Crandall. The bear was marked so wildlife officials will know about its history of killing livestock if it is captured again. Grizzlies are considered a threatened species and relocation is done to minimize conflict between bears and humans. The bear was taken to the Fox Creek drainage of the Clarks Fork River, a currently occupied grizzly habitat. … Read entire article »

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Power line through Black Hills National Forest clears hurdle

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) ” The U.S. Forest Service has approved a $54 million, 144-mile electrical transmission line through the Black Hills National Forest, though more hurdles remain for the project. Black Hills Power still needs permission from the Wyoming Public Service Commission, and it still hasn’t negotiated easements with all of the private landowners along the route from northeastern Wyoming to southwestern South Dakota. South Dakota-based Black Hills Power wants to have the Teckla-Osage-Rapid City line operational by the beginning of next year. Forest Service approval followed a multi-year review during which several route modifications were made to reduce effects on wildlife, residences, public-use areas and Native American religious sites. … Read entire article »

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Yellowstone National Park considers cutthroat reintroduction

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP)  Yellowstone National Park officials are working with state game and fish agencies and others to seek public comment on a plan to remove nonnative brook trout from Soda Butte Creek in order to reintroduce genetically pure native cutthroat trout. The park announced that it’s working with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Wyoming Game & Fish Department and the U.S. Forest Service on the project. The plan calls for removing brook trout by applying an EPA-approved fish poison to Soda Butte Creek upstream of Ice Box Canyon and then restoring native trout. Officials say the project will restore an important fishery in upper Soda Butte Creek and protect cutthroat trout populations of the entire Lamar River watershed from future invasion by brook trout. Public comments are due by June … Read entire article »

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Man pleads no contest to role in fatal fight at Casper hotel

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An Arizona man charged after a fight at a Casper hotel that left a New Mexico man dead has pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment and being an accessory after the fact. David Watson Jr. entered his plea Wednesday and is not expected to serve prison time for his role in the Nov. 9 fight that led to the death of Gary Jefferson. Watson’s co-defendant, Dwayne Bahe, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of aggravated assault. He acknowledged wearing steel toed boots when he kicked Jefferson and Jefferson’s son-in-law in the head during the scuffle. A plea agreement in Bahe’s case calls for a three- to five-year prison sentence. Watson and Bahe claimed self-defense, and investigators say it appeared Jefferson threw the first punch. … Read entire article »

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Woman who burned, smothered child gets 18-20 years in prison

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Casper woman accused of burning, shaking and smothering a child has been sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison. 25-year-old Stephanie Shirts was sentenced Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to aggravated child abuse. Prosecutors say Shirts rolled a hot saucepan on a 14-month-old girl’s face, forcefully shook her and smothered her with a blanket because she wouldn’t stop crying. The girl was taken to a hospital in Colorado with bleeding in her brain and eyes. The girl’s mother, Bobbi Humphreys, has been sentenced to up to two years in jail for leaving her daughter with Shirts, who had abused the girl in the past. … Read entire article »

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Yellowstone trail closed due to rock and mud slide

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Heavy rain and snow over the weekend has caused a rock and mud slide across a popular Yellowstone National Park trail, forcing its closure until further notice. The National Park Service says one rock that crashed down on the Brink of the Lower Falls Trail is nearly 7 feet tall and 8 feet long, effectively blocking the trail in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Canyon District Ranger Tim Townsend says no work can be done to clear the trail until the unstable slope above it dries out. Visitors may still hike the nearby North Rim Trail. As the busy holiday weekend approaches, rangers say many trails and other areas in Yellowstone are saturated. Current trail condition reports are available at Yellowstone visitor’s centers or backcountry offices. … Read entire article »

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