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Submitted by Newsroom on January 4, 2011 – 11:30 amNo Comment

Noon News 1 — CLICK HERE

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CHASE

Woman jailed after chase

RIVERTON, Wyo. – A 23-year-old woman from Arapahoe was arrested and taken to jail Monday afternoon after leading local authorities on a chase northeast of Riverton in a stolen vehicle. It had been reported stolen through the Wind River Police Department.

The driver finally stopped in the driveway of a residence in the Cliffview Mobile Home Park. That was after running into a fence in the 300 block of South Smith Road.

She was taken into custody after a brief struggle and identified as Dallas Dresser. She’s now facing charges of DUI, reckless driving, eluding a police officer, driving without a valid license and property destruction. No one was injured in the chase.

The information was released by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

ROLLOVER

In other news coming from the sheriff’s office, we’ve learned that 29-year-old Devin Murray of Riverton survived a rollover crash Monday night on Bass Lake Road. The incident is under investigation. Authorities are not expecting alcohol to be a factor in the crash.

HIGHWAY FUNDING

     WYDOT tops in funding stimulus projects    

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)- The Wyoming Department of Transportation is among the top state road agencies in the country in terms of completing work funded by the federal economic stimulus program.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has paid to contractors 94 percent of the more than $157 million it received in federal economic stimulus money for highway projects. The department says only a few departments nationwide have paid that much, while the national average is 64 percent.

     Del McOmie is chief engineer for the highway department. He says the department was the first to obligate 100 percent of its federal stimulus funds.

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WILD HORSE ADOPTION

     BLM sets wild horse adoption in Wyoming    

     ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) – The Bureau of Land Management will

hold a streamlined wild horse adoption on Jan. 29 in Rock Springs.

     The BLM says nearly 700 untrained geldings and mares gathered

from a roundup in November in southwest Wyoming will be available

for adoption.

     The agency says anyone qualified to adopt a wild horse will be

able to fill out the application, be approved and take their animal

home the same day.

     Adoptions will be on a first come, first served basis, by

noncompetitive bid. All animals will be available for $125.

 ANTLER COLLECTING

     Seasonal antler collecting restriction in effect    

     GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) – Collecting antlers and horns shed from

big-game animals is now prohibited on public lands in Wyoming west

of the Continental Divide.

     The annual restriction begins each Jan. 1 and ends April 30.

     The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission implemented the seasonal

restrictions for the first time last year. The concern was that

antler collectors could harass wildlife.

     Neighboring Colorado and Utah have implemented similar laws.

 WYOMING OIL

     Oil production up in SE Wyoming but no boom yet    

     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Oil production is up in southeastern

Wyoming but officials say it’s not really a boom.

     The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that in the first 11 months of

2010, wells in Laramie County produced 500,000 barrels of oil.

That’s more than the 345,000 produced in all of 2009.

     The wells include ones extracting oil from shale in the Niobrara

formation.

     Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission supervisor Tom Doll said the

increase is significant but the wells aren’t producing oil at a

high rate.

     Laramie County wells are producing 500 barrels of oil per day or

less. Oil companies usually are interested in wells that produce at

least 1,000 barrels a day.

     If more high-producing wells are found, Doll said he would

expect other companies to also start drilling.

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     Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle – Cheyenne

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