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Midday News Update: Charges pending in infant death — Cody teen dies in crash — Fire officials make long-term plans — Blasting planned on Middle Fork Trail ….. CLICK HERE

INFANT DEATH

UPDATE: Charges pending in infant death

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – No one has yet been arrested in connection with the recent death of an infant. Det. Sgt. Julie Mathews of the Riverton Police Department said the case has been turned over to the Fremont County Attorney’s Office.

The child who died under suspicious circumstances was identified earlier in the week by Coroner Ed McAuslan as 7-month-old Eli C’Bearing of Riverton. The Fremont County Coroner said he wouldn’t know how the child died until the results of the autopsy are back in four to six weeks.

 

FATAL THERMOP CRASH

Cody teen dies in crash

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

THERMOPOLIS, Wyo. — The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that an 18-year-old from Cody was killed in a crash Monday morning on Wyoming Highway 120 northwest of Thermopolis.

Travis M. Calkin was driving a Sierra GMC pickup when for unknown reasons the vehicle drifted off the roadway and into the borrow pit rolling three times. He was ejected during the roll and died at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Det. Sgt. Townsend made the report, saying the crash happened at about 5:20 Monday morning about 31 miles northwest of Thermopolis in Hot Springs County.

DUBOIS FIRE

UPDATE: Fire officials make long-term plans

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

DUBOIS, Wyo. — Now here’s an update on the North Point Fire burning through the Washakie Wilderness of the Shoshone National Forest north of Dubois.

Forestry officials reported late Tuesday that rain had slowed the fire which has already burned through more than 13,000 acres. Firefighters were working south from the fire’s southeast corner, about 24 miles north of Dubois, clearing brush, thinning trees and cutting low tree limbs near the secondary contingency line.

Over the next two days, they plan to continue to work southward. A contingency line has been identified eastward north of the Bear Creek Campground managed by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, but will not be cleared.

Only two crews remain on the fire – the Worland fuels crews and another from Bighorn Basin. Two fire modules and one of the two remaining helicopters were released from the fire this morning.

The fire started more than a week ago from a strike of lightning.

A public meeting to discuss the long-term plan for managing the fire has been set for Saturday night, at 6, at the Headwaters Conference Center in Dubois.

BLASTING

Blasting planned on Middle Fork Trail

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

LANDER, Wyo. — In another part of the Shoshone National Forest, nearly 100 miles east of where the fire’s burning, officials from the Washakie Ranger District are planning to blast a section of the Middle Fork Trail above Lander. That’s between the Popo Agie Falls Junction and Sheep Bridge.

Officials there are blasting the highly used trail in hopes of improving its quality while reducing the need for use of unsustainable user created routes.

While they’re blasting, which will be happening this week and next, forestry officials say do-not hike off trail. Just deal with the slight delays.

First News – Broadcast at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3

UPDATE: Infant Death — Fort Washakie man gets prison time for assault — UPDATE: Washakie Wilderness Fire — Horse Roundup — Wyoming Gas — Debt Showdown, Wyoming — Grizzly Attack …..

INFANT DEATH

UPDATE: Charges pending in infant death

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

 

Coroner Ed McAuslan

RIVERTON, Wyo. – The Riverton Police Department has filed a report with the Fremont County Attorney’s Office which could result in criminal charges connected to the death of a 7-month-old child.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan identified the child yesterday as Eli C’Bearing of Riverton. He said the cause of death won’t be known until the results come back from the autopsy, which could take up to four to six weeks.

US ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

Fort Washakie man gets prison time for assault

By News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – As reported yesterday a 40-year-old man from Fort Washakie has been sentenced to three years plus a month in prison. Jerry Tillman was sentence last month by a federal district court judge for assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

He was also ordered to pay restitution of nearly $112,000 and will be on supervised release for three years. The sentencing information was released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne. Stay tuned to KVOW/KTAK for details on the case.

WASHAKIE WILDERNESS FIRE

UPDATE: Wyo. wildfire likely won’t grow for next week

By The Associated Press

DUBOIS, Wyo. – A wildfire burning in the Washakie Wilderness in northwest Wyoming above Dubois is not expected to grow much for about a week after getting a dose of slow, steady rain.

Fire managers said that one crew was released Tuesday, a day after four-tenths of an inch fell at the fire site. They say the fire could pick up again later in the month.

Authorities are largely letting the fire burn through the wilderness of the Shoshone National Forest to get rid of beetle-killed trees and to help rejuvenate the forest but are limiting its spread to the south.

The fire is burning about 24 miles north of Dubois. The nearest homes are about four miles away from the blaze.

HORSE ROUNDUP

Feds back off Wyoming wild horse castration plan

By The Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Federal lawyers say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has backed off its plan to castrate hundreds of wild stallions in southwestern Wyoming.

The attorneys told a federal judge Tuesday they’ll abandon the plan to castrate all the stallions it could capture during a round up of nearly 900 wild horses from the White Mountain/Little Colorado herd management areas between Rock Springs and La Barge.

Under the plan, roughly 200 would be released and the rest would be put up for adoption or sale or sent to long-term holding sites.

Environmentalists last week filed a federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C., saying the plan would violate federal laws and leave the herds unable to survive.

The BLM says it will issue a new plan by Friday. The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office says the agency still plans to remove the same number of horses from the range.

WYOMING GAS

Plans call for 4,200 new gas wells in Wyo.

By The Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo.  — Three companies expect within weeks to submit a plan to vastly increase the number of gas wells in central Wyoming.

The targeted area now has about 500 producing gas wells.

Encana Oil and Gas, Noble Energy and ConocoPhillips are talking about adding some 4,200 deep gas wells in the remote sagebrush country about 30 miles east of Riverton.

Encana spokesman Randy Teeuwen says his company is taking the lead on the project and will turn in a plan of development to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management within a few weeks.

The project would cover 400 square miles of mostly BLM land. The companies would tap deep, tight sand formations over 15 years of drilling.

The gas field would be among Wyoming’s largest if fully developed.

DEBT SHOWDOWN-WYOMING

Barrasso, Enzi vote for debt compromise bill

By The Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s two Republican senators voted in favor of a compromise measure to keep the government from defaulting on its debts.

Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi joined in passing the bill on a 74-26 vote Tuesday. President Barack Obama signed the measure later in the day.

Barrasso said in a statement that the legislation is a small victory over what he calls wasteful federal spending.

He says he wants to see bigger spending cuts, stronger controls on future spending and a balanced budget amendment.

Enzi says the compromise bill is a better alternative than the federal government not being able to meet its financial obligations.

While Enzi says the bill doesn’t do enough to solve the nation’s budget problems, he notes that the debate has shifted from how much to spend to how much to cut federal spending.

YELLOWSTONE GRIZZLY ATTACK

Yellowstone kills grizzly that charged man

By The Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park officials have killed a grizzly bear that charged a man and ate the food in his pack less than a month after a different grizzly killed a hiker.

Nobody was hurt Saturday when the grizzly aggressively approached a man then ran at him near the north end of Yellowstone Lake.

The man threw his pack at the grizzly. The bear stopped charging, tore into the pack and ate the food inside. Park officials say they trapped and euthanized the male bear Monday.

A different grizzly killed a hiker July 6 in Yellowstone’s first fatal mauling in 25 years.

Park officials did not kill that grizzly, saying she was unlikely to cause more problems. The grizzly killed Monday had a long history of being chased from developed areas.

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