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Submitted by Newsroom on June 21, 2012 – 11:27 amNo Comment

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WYOMING WILDFIRES

5 percent containment on Wyoming wildfire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters have gained 5 percent containment on a fire burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest in east-central Wyoming.

View from Above, Courtesy Forest Service

The Russell’s Camp fire is located about 30 miles south of Glenrock and has burned just over 4 square miles since Sunday.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity on Wednesday lessened fire spread and intensity, allowing firefighters to make progress on all areas of the fire. However, very hot, dry weather is to return by the weekend.

The number of firefighters on the scene has increased to 385. They are aided by five helicopters.

Elsewhere in the state, all of Teton County in northwest Wyoming has been elevated to a high fire danger rating because of dry, warm weather. That includes Grand Teton National Park and the vast Bridger-Teton National Forest.

CODY SLAYING

Cody murder trial set for spring 2013

(Information in the following story is from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, http://www.powelltribune.com)

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A tentative trial date of March 15, 2013, has been set in the first-degree murder case of a Cody man accused of stabbing his wife to death with a screwdriver.

Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty against 29-year-old Myron Friday.

An autopsy concluded that 44-year-old Julie Friday was killed by repeated stabbings from a screwdriver last February. She was found dead at her home by one of her teenage children, and Myron Friday was arrested after a daylong search.

The Powell Tribune reports that Cody police have said Myron Friday’s phone was found near his wife’s body, along with bloody shoe prints that appeared to match his footwear.

Friday has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

BLM OFFICIAL-WYOMING

Rugwell chosen for BLM Wyoming position

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has chosen a Cheyenne native to be the new associate state director for BLM Wyoming.

BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson said Wednesday that Mary Jo Rugwell plans to report to the Wyoming state office in late August. He says Rugwell has an extensive background in management, renewable resources, wild horses, oil and gas, grazing, fire and recreation.

Rugwell most recently was a district manager for the BLM’s southern Nevada district office. She began her BLM career in 1984 at the Wyoming State Office in Cheyenne in the fluid minerals branch.

WILD HORSES-LAWSUIT

APNewsBreak: Judge stops copters in horse roundups

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada has temporarily banned the Bureau of Land Management from using helicopters to gather many of the hundreds of mustangs targeted in a roundup that’s already under way about 150 miles northeast of Reno.

U.S. District Judge Howard McKibben granted part of a temporary restraining order late Wednesday. Horse protection advocates who sought the order say the BLM’s own rules prohibit helicopter roundups during foaling season.

McKibben says he’ll allow the activity to continue in the southern half of the Jackson Mountains because BLM has proven there’s an emergency due to drought. But he says that emergency doesn’t stretch to the northern half of the gather area covering hundreds of square miles.

He says no helicopters can be used there at least until the foaling season ends July 1.

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