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Submitted by Rusty Barton on April 20, 2011 – 9:01 amNo Comment
Latest Wyoming news, business and entertainment:

     GRAND TETON-MISSING SKIERS
     Teams search for 2 missing skiers in Tetons
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)
– Rescue teams on skis and in a helicopter
searched in deep snow Tuesday for two men who were missing in Grand
Teton National Park.
Thirty-year-old Walter Kuhl of Salt Lake City and 31-year-old
Gregory Seftick of Columbia Falls, Mont., were last seen near the
entrance of Garnet Canyon on Saturday afternoon.
     They were supposed to return Sunday but were reported missing
after Kuhl didn’t show up at work on Monday.
     On Tuesday, four teams of four people each skied into the Tetons
while a helicopter searched from the sky between snow squalls. Two
dogs sniffed around the base of an avalanche that had occurred in
the canyon.
     Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said there was no sign of the men
and no indication that they got caught in the avalanche.
    
     JOBLESS RATE
     Wyoming jobless rate unchanged in March
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)
– Wyoming’s unemployment rate remained at
6.2 percent in March.
     The Wyoming Department of Employment says Sublette County had
the state’s lowest jobless rate at 3.9 percent. Albany County had
the second lowest rate at 4.9 percent, followed by Campbell County
at 5 percent.
     Lincoln County had the highest unemployment rate in March at
10.2 percent, followed by Johnson County at 9.2 percent and Big
Horn at 8.6 percent.
     The national rate was 8.8 percent.
     A year ago in March, Wyoming’s rate was 7.3 percent.
    
     OPEN GOVERNMENT
     Legislators plan hearing on open government
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)
– Wyoming legislators plan to hear from
media representatives as well as local government groups this week
as they consider whether to recommend changes in state open meeting
and open record laws.
     The Legislature this spring shot down proposed bills that would
have required government boards and commissions to record their
closed, executive sessions. Another bill died that would have
tightened requirements on allowing public inspection of public
records.
     The Joint Judiciary Committee will hear presentations on Friday
from members of the Wyoming Press Association as well as city and
county government organizations on how the state should address
public records and open meetings laws.
    
     MEAD MILITARY
     Gov. Mead visits Wyoming troops in Cuba
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)
– Gov. Matt Mead has visited some Wyoming
troops stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
     The governor left Wyoming on Sunday with top officials from the
Wyoming Army National Guard. Security concerns kept Mead’s office
from announcing where he had gone until he arrived back in the
United States on Tuesday.
     Renny MacKay is spokesman for Mead and says the governor visited
eight soldiers from the Wyoming Army National Guard who have been
stationed there since late last year. MacKay says the soldiers do
public affairs work.
     The U.S. government detains terrorism suspects at Guantanamo
Bay. Several detainees have challenged the legality of their
detention in federal courts.
    
     FOSSIL FUELS-THE WEST
     Study: Fossil fuels plays limited role in West
     DENVER (AP)
– A new report says the fossil fuels industry’s
longest-lasting economic impact is from tax revenues, not jobs, and
recommends maximizing those revenues by raising rates.
     The report by Headwaters Economics says government data show the
industry accounted for less than 3 percent of total employment in
Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Utah in 2008. The figure was
about 8.5 percent in Wyoming.
     The study acknowledges seasonal workers might have been missed,
along with workers improperly categorized in other industries.
     A 2009 trade group study puts the percentages much higher.
     As for tax policies, Doug Flanders of the Colorado Oil and Gas
Association says stable taxes and “sensible regulation” are
needed to attract industry investments.
     Headwaters Economics says it’s funded by various donors as well
as federal agencies like the Forest Service.
    
     TWO-STATE ASSAULT
     Cheyenne DA charges man with kidnapping
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)
– The district attorney in Cheyenne has
filed charges against a man accused of threatening people and
forcing a woman to cross into Colorado with him.
     Laramie County District
Attorney Scott Homar charged 23-year-old Anthony M. Gonzales of
Cheyenne with kidnapping and four counts of aggravated assault and
battery on Monday.
     Authorities accuse Gonzales of threatening several people with a
box cutter in Cheyenne last Thursday. They say he also kidnapped a
woman at knifepoint and took her to Colorado.
     The woman was able to get control of the car in Colorado and
drive back to Wyoming without Gonzales. Colorado authorities
arrested Gonzales while he was trying to hitch a ride.
     Gonzales is being held at the Weld County Jail in Greeley, Colo.
    
     DRIVER ARRESTED-WYOMING
     Texas man accused of assaulting Wyo. trooper
     CASPER, Wyo. (AP)
– Authorities say a Texas man who was driving
a car stolen at gunpoint in Montana has been arrested after
scuffling with a Wyoming state trooper.
     The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 22-year-old Christopher Briggs
of Denison, Texas, was arrested Tuesday after a traffic stop on
Interstate 25 near Casper. The patrol says a trooper stopped to
help a driver who apparently put diesel fuel instead of regular gas
in the car and discovered the car was stolen in Billings, Mont.,
March 20.
     Authorities say when Briggs was arrested, he tried to kick the
trooper and the two fell to the ground. Several passersby called
911 to report the struggle.
     Authorities say Briggs faces charges of assault on a peace
officer and possession of stolen property. It was unclear if he’ll
face charges in Montana.
    
     CAMPBELL WOLF
     Possible wolf sighted in Campbell County
     GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP)
– A wolf may have been spotted near a
Campbell County coal mine.
     Sheriff’s officials say somebody reported a large black dog
chasing antelope near the Belle Ayr mine on Saturday. Undersheriff
Scott Matheny says it wasn’t a dog but a wolf.
     He says the animal was wearing a radio collar.
     The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says a federal wildlife
officer took photos of the wolf but left the animal alone because
it wasn’t chasing antelope at the time.
     The animal would have been sighted more than 200 miles east of
Yellowstone National Park, where wolves were reintroduced in the
1990s.
    
     FALLING ROCKS
     Dramatic video shows danger of Wyo. rock slide
     LOVELL, Wyo. (AP)
– Beware of falling rock: That’s what the
Wyoming Department of Transportation is telling motorists on a
northern Wyoming highway after a rock slide nearly hit a man
shooting video.
     The short but dramatic video , posted on YouTube, shows a few
rocks coming down to the left of the man, then more falling on the
right.
     Then the entire road cut comes loose, causing the man to run and
shout profanity. The video ends with a lot of whooping about a
large pile of rock on the road.
     The man’s identity couldn’t be confirmed and he couldn’t be
reached for comment.
     The slide happened Monday on U.S. Highway 14-A east of Lovell. A
falling rock advisory remains in effect for the route, which
remains open.
    
     CODE ENFORCEMENT-FINE
     Natrona County tries to seize assets in dispute
     CASPER, Wyo. (AP)
– Natrona County is trying to seize some of
the assets of a man who has refused to remove old vehicles, tires
and junk from his property near Casper.
     Ed Corrigan has been ordered to pay $195,000 in court fines
after being convicted of multiple health and safety property code
violations.
     Corrigan shares the beliefs
of the sovereign citizens movement which claims that the government
can’t regulate the use of private property.
     An attorney for the county has asked nine banks to hold money in
Corrigan’s accounts.
     Corrigan lost his appeal to the Wyoming Supreme Court involving
the property dispute.
     
 
    
     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
    

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