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Submitted by Newsroom on June 14, 2011 – 1:30 amNo Comment

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     1st death during Wyo. flooding near Laramie
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)
– The state’s first flooding related death
this spring has occurred in Albany County.
Authorities say a 21-month-old child fell into an irrigation
ditch on a ranch west of Laramie on Thursday and died a day later.
The ditch is fed by the swollen Little Laramie River.
     The child has been identified as Alex Dalles.
     Police say the child pushed through a screen on a door, walked
about 30 yards and fell into the ditch. The child was found in
about 4 feet of water.
     He was reported missing within minutes and was found about 15
minutes later. He was pronounced dead at Children’s Hospital in
Aurora, Colo.
     So far the state has escaped major flooding in most areas as
heavy snowmelt continues.
     Man drowns in Albany Co. reservoir
     LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP)
– A 28-year-old Wheatland man has died in an
apparent accidental drowning at a small reservoir in Albany County.
     Lt. Brian Fritzen of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office says
Steven Kendrix died Sunday night.
     Fritzen says police received a call Sunday night of a possible
drowning at Johnson Creek Reservoir, which is about 30 miles
northwest of Laramie.
     The body was pulled from water that was about 22 feet deep and
about 30 yards from the shore.
     Fritzen says the group had alcohol but it was not known whether
Kendrix had had any.
     He ruled out any conditions related to spring flooding in the
death, saying the cold water was a more likely the culprit.
     Wyoming Marine killed in Afghanistan combat
     DOUGLAS, Wyo. (AP)
– The Department of Defense says a Marine
from Wyoming has been killed in combat in Afghanistan.
     The military said Monday that 22-year-old Lance Cpl. Sean M.
O’Connor of Douglas was killed Sunday in Helmand province.
     O’Connor enlisted in May 2007. His decorations included the
Purple Heart and Combat Action Ribbon.
     He was a rifleman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine
Regiment, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
     3 killed in E. Oregon plane crash are identified
     PENDLETON, Ore. (AP)
– Two Washington state men and an Oregon
woman have been killed in a small plane crash in a rugged mountain
area of Eastern Oregon.
     The Umatilla County sheriff’s office identified the victims
Monday as the 74-year-old pilot, Gerald Hunter; 53-year-old Ned
Kayser and 51-year-old Janice Davis. Both Hunter and Kayser were
from Klickitat County, Wash., and Davis was from Hermiston, Ore.
     Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Florence says the plane was a
Bellanca single-engine aircraft. Emergency management officials
said it crashed early Sunday after taking off from Dallesport,
Wash., bound for Wyoming.
     The Civil Air Patrol found the wreckage near Ukiah, a small town
about 50 miles south of Pendleton.
     Florence said Federal Aviation Administration and National
Transportation Safety Board investigators had arrived at the crash
scene Monday afternoon.
     The Forest Service assisted by cutting a road into the area to
help investigators reach the site.
     Campbell Co. schools mull offering Chinese classes
     GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP)
– Campbell County school officials are
considering whether to start offering classes in Mandarin Chinese
for junior high and high school students because of China’s growing
global role .
      The committee will explore interest in the language program and possible
     Campbell County High School Assistant Principal Jim Howard says
much of the focus is shifting to China. He says offering Chinese
would be a good opportunity for students who to work in the energy
     Campbell County in northeastern Wyoming is a major producer of
coal as well as natural gas.
     The district could offer the language classes as early as the
2012-13 school year if there is enough interest.
     Public comment opens on Wyo. methane farming rules
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP)
– The public is getting a chance to weigh in
on proposed rules for the nascent methane farming industry in
      The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is accepting
public comment on the changes through July 8.
     Methane farming involves pumping water and nutrients into
depleted coal-bed methane wells. The goal is to stimulate microbes
that live in underground coal seams. The microbes break down coal
and produce methane gas as a waste product.
     Companies including Luca Technologies and Ciris Energy hope to
be able to exploit the microbes to profitably increase production
in coal-bed methane wells.
     The Wyoming Legislature this year directed the Wyoming Oil and
Gas Conservation Commission to adopt rules for methane farming to
guide the industry and prevent groundwater contamination.
     Wild horse adoption set for June 25 in Wheatland
     WHEATLAND, Wyo. (AP)
– Ten or so partially trained wild horses
will be available for adoption in Wheatland next week.
     The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Mantle Wild Horse
Adoption and Training Center have scheduled the adoption for June
25 at the training center.
     Adoption applications will be accepted starting at 8 a.m. and
the horses will be available for viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30
     Bidding will begin at 1:30 p.m. The minimum bid will be $125
and applicants must be U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old.
     They must also have at least a 400-square-foot pen for each
horse adopted.
     Snow, big run-off celebrated in water-hungry West
– Communities below the snow-capped mountains of
the West are bracing against the swelling rivers and flooding that
come with the spring thaw.
     In the drought-ravaged cities of the Southwest, however, the
deluge is cause for celebration.
     There will be more water for Nevada, California and Arizona this
year, sparing them from having to take emergency measures, such as
water rationing, for at least another three years.
     The three states can thank the heavy and, in some cases,
unprecedented snowpack in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.
     The ripe June sun is sending snowmelt into the Colorado River,
its tributaries and Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir.


     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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