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Submitted by Newsroom on August 26, 2011 – 6:45 amNo Comment

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WYOMING WILDFIRES

2 Wyoming wildfires contained Thursday

UNDATED (AP) — Firefighters have contained a 14,400-acre wildfire west of Wheatland.

The fire was started by lightning last weekend. It was declared contained late Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters have also surrounded a separate wildfire in Converse County and another just west of Dubois.

A 4,000-acre fire north of Gillette continues to burn but firefighters report good progress thanks to cooperative weather Thursday.

Much of the effort to battle the Hole in the Wall fire that started in northern Wyoming has switched to the Montana side after the fire crossed into that state. The fire has burned about 5,700 acres and is 50 percent contained.

Four other fires are burning in remote areas of Wyoming and are just being monitored for now.

YELLOWSTONE FIRE DANGER

Yellowstone raises fire danger to ‘very high’

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The fire danger in Yellowstone National Park has been raised to “very high.”

Yellowstone has seen 10 fires so far this season but nothing major. All park services and facilities are open.

A new fire was discovered in Yellowstone on Thursday. The Heart Fire is located in the south central portion of the park, just northeast of Heart Lake. It is only a tenth of an acre in size.

Another active fire has burned about six acres in the backcountry over the last month about 3 miles east of Madison Junction.

Meantime, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning Thursday for the Gallatin National Forest, which adjoins the north and west sides of Yellowstone.

FRACKING CHEMICALS

Wyo exempts 146 fracking chemicals from disclosure

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have agreed not to identify 146 chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing since disclosure rules took effect nearly a year ago.

On Thursday, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission granted trade-secret exemptions to 11 companies.

Tom Doll, supervisor of the state oil and gas commission, says exemption requests from two companies were rejected. Doll says no company requested a blanket exemption.

Hydraulic fracturing or fracking entails injecting a mix of water and chemicals deep underground to break up shale and allow natural gas to escape. Land owners, environmental groups and others have raised questions about potential contamination of drinking water and health effects.

Some groups advocate for full disclosure of all fracking chemicals.

WOLF HUNTS-INJUNCTION

Motion to bar Montana, Idaho wolf hunts denied

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court has denied a request by environmentalists for an emergency injunction to halt wolf hunts scheduled to start in a few weeks in Idaho and Montana.

In a decision filed Thursday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. The group was seeking to cancel the hunts while the court considers a challenge to congressional action that stripped wolves of federal protections in Montana and Idaho, and in parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula reluctantly upheld a budget rider that was inserted by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. It marked the first time since the passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973 that Congress forcibly removed protections from a plant or animal.

CHEYENNE SHOOTING

Police identify victims in Cheyenne shooting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Cheyenne police have released the names of three people shot Tuesday night at a home on the city’s northeast side.

Sgt. Rob Dafoe identified the two people who died as 21-year-old Corey A. Walker and 25-year-old Megan l. McIntosh, both of Cheyenne.

Dafoe says 23-year-old Amber J. McGuire, no address given, was critically injured and is being treated at a hospital in Denver.

Police arrested 32-year-old Nathaniel Castellanos, of Cheyenne, at the scene and booked him into jail on murder charges. No charges have been filed against Castellanos in court.

Dafoe said he couldn’t release any information on any relationship between Castellanos and the victims. Dafoe says the shootings occurred at a house where Castellanos’ ex-wife lived.

Castellanos has worked for the Wyoming Department of Education.

73-MILE CHASE

Wis. teens jailed after 73-mile car chase in Wyo.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming State Patrol has arrested three Wisconsin teens after a 73-mile car chase.

The patrol says the three were in a Ford Focus reported stolen in Sparta, Wis. They were pulled over for speeding on Wyoming 220 south of Casper Wednesday night.

The patrol says the car drove off while the trooper waited for backup.

Other troopers laid spikes in the car’s path just north of Rawlins, forcing it to stop with flat tires.

The two passengers were arrested after a short foot chase. The driver was arrested about 12 hours later in a fast-food restaurant in Rawlins.

All face charges of possession of stolen property and being parties to a crime. The driver also faces charges of eluding, interference with a peace officer and driving while under suspension.

SECRET SERVICE-CHENEY-LAWSUIT

Agents seek immunity from suit over Cheney arrest

DENVER (AP) — Two Secret Service agents are asking the Supreme Court to declare they are immune from a lawsuit filed by a Colorado man who was arrested when he confronted then-Vice President Dick Cheney in 2006.

Virgil D. “Gus” Reichle Jr. and Dan Doyle sought an appeal Thursday of an appellate court decision saying they could be sued.

The two are accused of arresting Steven Howards in retaliation for criticizing Cheney. He approached Cheney at a mall in Beaver Creek, about two hours west of Denver.

The agents alleged that Howards’ contact with the vice president constituted assault, but a local prosecutor dropped the case.

Howards originally sued several agents, claiming they violated his Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure, as well as his First Amendment rights.

WYOMING-RECEIVERS

Young receivers making their mark at UW

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — There’s a good chance that redshirt and true freshman will contribute this season at wide receiver for Wyoming.

Coach Dave Christensen says some freshmen will probably see playing time.

UW’s young receiving corps includes redshirt freshmen C.J. Morgan, Sam Stratton and Keenan Montgomery and true freshmen Dominic Rufran, Trey Norman, Kevin Robertson and Josh Doctson.

In three scrimmages, Rufran led the group with 13 receptions for 72 yards, Norman had 10 catches for 83 yards and Doctson 7 for 52 yards and a touchdown. Montgomery also had a touchdown reception.

Rufran says he’s excited about the prospects of playing in his first college game.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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