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Submitted by Newsroom on June 27, 2011 – 8:00 amNo Comment


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Conn. climber rescued in Grand Teton Nat. Park
— Officials at Grand Teton National Park say an injured rock climber from Connecticut was lifted off a rock face by helicopter over the weekend.

Forty-seven-year-old Dagmar Rapp of Farmington, Conn. fell about 15 feet while climbing Guides Wall in the park on Saturday. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said her injuries weren’t life threatening but she wouldn’t have been able to get out of the backcountry on her own.

A helicopter with a ranger dangling below flew up from the valley floor and, despite strong winds, maneuvered close to where Rapp was. The ranger landed nearby, unfastening himself from the helicopter. The ranger then suited her up in a soft harness-like body suit and then attached both of them to the helicopter, for a ride down to the valley to an ambulance.

Effort to form Flaming Gorge task force under fire
— Officials representing Colorado river basins are set to meet Wednesday to consider forming a task force to study proposals to build a pipeline from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge Reservoir to Colorado.

Some conservationists say it’s a waste of time.

Western Resource Advocates and other groups say no one knows if Colorado River compacts allow the state to divert as much water as some have proposed doing. They say that until there’s an answer, there’s no sense spending time and money to study plans to tap the reservoir.

Entrepreneur Aaron Million is behind one proposal for a Flaming Gorge pipeline, and Frank Jaeger of the Parker Water & Sanitation District in suburban Denver is pushing a competing proposal.

Coca-Cola and Unilever help fund Grand Teton work
) — The Coca-Cola Co. and Unilever have partnered with Grand Teton National Park Foundation to fund 10 weeks of trail repair and historic site maintenance in Grand Teton National Park this summer.

The work will be done through the Youth Conservation Program, a privately funded summer work program for 16 to 19-year-olds.

The Grand Teton work began last week.

Both Coca-Cola and Unilever contributed $10,000 to the program’s Grand Teton work.

All eyes on Grand Teton’s famous roadside bears
— A grizzly bear clan famous for its frequent roadside appearances in Grand Teton National Park is keeping park rangers especially busy this summer tending to tourist critter jams.

The cubs are cute — no question about that — but a female grizzly with cubs happens to be one of the most dangerous animals in North America. And this Grand Teton clan has a history: One attacked a hiker; another was shot and killed by a hunter.

Biologists speculate the unusually camera-friendly behavior by Grizzly No. 399 and her daughter, No. 610, might serve to keep at bay adult male grizzlies, which sometimes kill cubs not their own. Five spunky cubs recently have joined the clan, adding to the tourist traffic.


Cheyenne restaurant damaged by fire
— A grease pit may have been the starting point for a fire that damaged the Little Bear Inn restaurant in Cheyenne Saturday.

No one was hurt in the blaze that broke out just after midnight. A passerby reported heavy smoke coming from the back of the building, where the kitchen is located.

Fire crews were able to contain the blaze within a few hours, but firefighters had to take off part of the roof for ventilation because the fire began to move into the attic.

Lew Simpson, spokesman for Laramie County Fire District 2, said the cause of the fire is undetermined but that foul play is not suspected. Simpson said the fire started in the rear of the building, possibly near the grease pit.

Simpson said the restaurant kitchen and a dining room sustained extensive damage.

Wyo. high court enters house ‘flipping’ dispute
— The Wyoming Supreme Court has entered a dispute over a plan to “flip” a house for quick profit.

The court last week ruled that a contract between two Sheridan couples is valid. The contract between Ron and Linda Reece and Greg and Staci Hunter said the Hunters would buy the property and the Reeces would renovate it. Then the two couples would split profits from the home’s resale.

But the Hunters hired other contractors to finish the job after disputes with the Reeces.

In 2008 the Reeces sued for half of the $22,000 in profit. A district court in 2010 ruled the contract wasn’t valid.

The Court disagreed and instructed the lower court to sort out conflicting claims and determine the amount of damages.

Butch Cassidy prison wants to expand festival
— Wyoming Territorial Prison was the only prison that ever held Butch Cassidy, and a festival in the outlaw’s honor is hoping to expand its reach.

The seventh Butch Cassidy Days festival wrapped up Sunday at the prison, which is now a state historical site. Organizers hope to make Butch Cassidy Days a prominent national draw for fans of the Old West.

Cassidy was held at the prison in Laramie in the 1890s after he was caught stealing horses. After his stint in the Wyoming Territorial Prison, Cassidy robbed trains and banks and eluded authorities until 1908, when he was shot dead by police in San Vicente, Bolivia.

The festival in Laramie highlights Cassidy’s South American days with llamas, rug making and Bolivian food.

Jackson doctor to head travel medicine association
— A Jackson doctor has been elected president of the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Dr. David Shlim is one of the world’s most prominent travel medicine specialists and has practiced medicine in Jackson since 1998.

The International Society of Travel Medicine is a global partnership of 2,600 members in 84 countries.

The new position means more responsibility for Shlim who has served on the society’s executive board for four years and been a member since its founding in 1991.

Shlim has published more than 40 research papers, and in 2007 became the first doctor outside the Centers for Disease Control to be named editor of the centers’ official recommendations for travel medicine.

Sweetwater officials repeal Adobe Town designation
— The Sweetwater County Commission has unanimously repealed its support for extra protections for land near Adobe Town in southeast Wyoming.

Commissioners voted 5-0 last week in Green River to support removing the very rare or uncommon designation attached to 95,200 acres surrounding the Adobe Town Wilderness area.

The state Environmental Quality Council made the designation in 2007 and the county commission followed with a resolution supporting the designation.

Although the designation made in 2009 did not prevent oil and gas exploration on the land, representatives of an oil and gas company encouraged the county commissioners to repeal their support.

Erik Molvar of the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance says that the county commission is putting oil and natural gas companies ahead of the wishes of its own constituents.

$1M grant to renovate windows in Laramie landmark
— A $1 million state grant approved by Gov. Matt Mead is going to renovate some 500 aging windows at the Laramie Plains Civic Center.

The grant will be used to replace the current windows with energy-efficient ones. The money comes through the State Loan and Investment Board and Wyoming Business Council.

The civic center’s executive director, Alec Shea, says the project will also increase the aesthetic appeal of the building. The Laramie Boomerang reports that the civic center is also renovating its theater.

Once all the windows are refurbished, work will begin on installing interior storm windows. The civic center’s “Adopt a Window” program, which has raised about $1,400 so far, will help cover costs of the storm windows.

NWC submits proposal for new building to state
— Northwest College in Powell will ask the Wyoming Community College Commission to consider a proposal for a new $14 million classroom and laboratory facility.

The NWC board voted to submit the proposal this past week, saying the college would provide 10 percent of the project’s cost.

The proposed building would provide lab space for the nursing program, a medical library, and a firearms simulator for the law enforcement program. It would also include 13 class rooms, seminar rooms and office space for faculty.

Several departments could move into the building, including nursing, social science and education, humanities and communications. 

The project has been part of college’s facilities master plan since 2007.

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


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