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Submitted by rebecca on January 28, 2014 – 11:52 amNo Comment


National parks crowded despite cutbacks

(Information in the following story is from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide,

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton and Yellowstone national park officials say they were crowded over the past year, despite smaller staffs, decreased services and a government shutdown.

Grand Teton, with an estimated 2.7 million recreational visitors, had the sixth-busiest year in its history.

Yellowstone reported about 3.2 million visitors, the fifth-busiest year in its storied history.

According to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, park officials say both tourist destinations could have ended up at the top of their visitation charts if not for the government shutdown.


Riverton police like their own dispatch system

(Information in the following story is from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger,

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Officials at the Riverton Police Department say they aren’t interested in using a newnational dispatch program recently purchased by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center.

Police Capt. Eric Murphy says using the new system would hurt the department’s response to emergencies.

The Riverton Ranger reports the $44,000 Medical, Fire and Police Priority Dispatch System was designed to provide a uniform response to local emergencies.

Murphy says it takes too long for dispatchers to get the information needed quickly by their police officers.


Man pleads no contest in tow truck driver’s death

(Information in the following story is from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record,

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A 29-year-old man accused of hitting and killing a tow truck driver on Interstate 90 has pleaded no contest to aggravated vehicular homicide.

The Gillette News Record reports Justin Lynn Helsper entered his plea Monday in District Court in the November 2012 death of Larry Schofield, who was helping a stranded motorist on the side of the road when he was struck.

Helsper struck a plea deal with prosecutors, who will recommend a 14- to 18-year sentence.

Helsper says he was drinking at a Gillette bar before the crash, and his next memory was waking up in jail. Authorities say he did not stop after the crash and was arrested a short time later by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

A sentencing date has not been set.


1 man killed in head-on crash near Gillette

(Information in the following story is from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record,

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say one man was killed in a head-on crash just south of the Gillette-Campbell County Airport.

State Trooper Jon Briggs tells The Gillette News Record a pickup with five passengers had just entered Highway 14-16 when the driver lost control on the slick road and the vehicle slammed into a service truck headed the opposite direction Monday morning.

One man in the pickup who was not wearing a seat belt was ejected and killed. Two other men in the pickup, including the driver, were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities have not released the names or ages of the victims.

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