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Submitted by Newsroom on May 9, 2012 – 6:44 amNo Comment


4 workers burned at Wyoming’s Sinclair refinery

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RAWLINS, Wyo. — Three workers injured in a flash fire Tuesday morning at the Sinclair Oil company facility in Wyoming were flown to a burn center in Colorado, but we have no further details about their condition.

A company representative said the fire happened inside a gas recovery unit at its refinery located about five miles east of Rawlins. Another person was taken to the local hospital but was treated and released.

Company officials are investigating the incident, which caused little to no damage to the facility. The company’s corporate headquarters are based out of state, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

From information provided by The Associated Press


State authorities investigate hog farm complaint

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – In other news, Wyoming authorities are investigating allegations by the Humane Society of the United States that workers abused animals at a hog farm in Wheatland. On Tuesday, the Humane Society released what it says is an undercover video showing workers abusing pigs at Wyoming Premium Farms.

Jimmy Dean Siler is chief criminal investigator with the Wyoming Livestock Board. He says his agency is investigating the report, along with both the sheriff’s and county attorney’s offices of Platte County.

No citations have been issued against the producer and the Platte County Attorney’s Office is not releasing any information on the investigation. Wheatland is about 65 miles north of Cheyenne.

From information provided by The Associated Press


Yellowstone bison captured for birth study, hazing next

BILLINGS, Mont. — Government workers are set to begin hazing hundreds of wild bison back into Yellowstone National Park after capturing a small group of the animals for use in a birth control study. The government is studying whether birth control can rein in the park’s burgeoning buffalo herds and reduce its rate of disease.

Montana state veterinarian Marty Zaluski says 10 bull bison were captured Tuesday near West Yellowstone. Seven were later released and three turned over to researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Thousands of migrating bison have been shipped to slaughter in the last decade to prevent transmissions of the disease brucellosis to cattle. Workers plan to start driving the herd of about 400 bison back into Yellowstone today. They’re making way for the cattle being brought in to graze in the area of West Yellowstone.


Road work begins north of Fort Washakie

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Road construction has begun on U.S. Highway 287 north of Fort Washakie, so the state highway department is asking motorists to slow down through the work zone.

Grader working the road. Photo by Leslie Stratmoen

Cody Beers of the Wyoming Department of Transportation says the road work will be done by the end of September. Basically, he said, they’re flattening the slope, placing in a pipe arch and grading the road. Patrick Construction of Lander is doing the work at a cost of $400,000.

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