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CO2 rule meets quick resistance in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead says his office is studying proposed new regulations that would cut greenhouse emissions from power plants and will “fight for coal” if necessary.

Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis criticize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency measures announced Monday as unreasonable and costly.

The regulations would require a 30-percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. electricity generation by 2030. Coal-fired power plants produce much of the gas blamed for global climate change and that means the rule would hit Wyoming a lot harder than other states.

Wyoming produces far more coal than any other state, close to 40 percent of the U.S. total. Meanwhile,Wyoming is a net exporter of electricity and as a result emits more CO2 per person than any other state.


Crews pack up as North Platte recedes at Saratoga

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Most crews are heading home after filling tens of thousands of sandbags that protected the town of Saratoga and other areas from recent flooding.

Gov. Matt Mead and Saratoga Mayor John Zeiger on Monday expressed thanks to Wyoming National Guard troops and others who worked to protect Saratoga and other areas in Carbon and Albany counties. The North Platte River and other water levels are now starting to recede.

Zeiger expressed thanks for all workers’ efforts. He says Saratoga residents benefited from advance planning and hard work.

The teams filled and placed more than 80,000 sandbags in Carbon County and placed sandbags in other parts of the state, including Albany, Big Horn, Fremont and Washakie Counties.


Bridger-Teton plans controlled burns

KEMMERER, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct controlled burns on up to 2,000 acres on the Kemmerer Ranger District this spring and early summer.

Agency managers hope to start the burning in the Pole Creek area in the next couple of weeks as conditions permit.

The Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management conducted burns on over 6,000 acres in the area in the fall of 2010. The planned burns this year will continue to great conifers that have been killed by bugs as well as aspen stands.

Managers say the burns will improve habitat for big game and reduce hazardous fuel accumulations.


Feds charge former firefighter in home fire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A former Casper firefighter faces federal charges alleging he had another man torch his home and pickup truck in 2012 for the insurance money.

An indictment filed last week in U.S. District Court charges Patrick Bennett with wire fraud and mail fraud as well as using fire to commit federal crimes.

Bennett was among the firefighters who responded to July 2012 fire at his home on Glenaire Drive in Casper. The indictment states he later collected over $250,000 in insurance for damage to his home and truck.

Casper lawyer Thomas Valdez represents Bennett. Valdez declined comment Monday.

The indictment charges Bennett got another man, Nicholas Counts, to set the fire. Counts faces similar charges and court records don’t indicate he has an attorney.

Bennett faces arraignment Wednesday in Cheyenne.


Rawlins penitentiary inmate dies at hospital

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An inmate at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins has died after an illness.

The Wyoming Department of Corrections says 47-year-old Thomas Lee Simmers died Monday at the Rawlins hospital.

Corrections officials say an autopsy will be done, per department policy.

Simmers was serving three consecutive eight- to 10-year sentences for multiple counts of second-degree sexual assault.


Teton County considers 80-foot cellphone tower

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

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Some residents aren’t happy about a proposed new 80-foot cellphone tower that would be built on top of a 300-foot hillside in Teton County.

AT&T and Verizon want to use the new tower to provide service south of Jackson but it would be higher than allowed under new regulations that the county spent three months drafting. County commissioners are expected to decide whether to grant a variance for the tower during a meeting Tuesday.

The Jackson Hole Daily reports that county planners are recommending that commissioners approve it.

The tower’s developer suggested disguising the tower as a pine tree. But since sagebrush is the highest vegetation in the area, planners say commissioners should consider leaving it bare.


Sheridan cyclist killed, wife injured in crash

(Information in the following story is from: KROE-AM,

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — A man is dead and his wife is critically injured after they were hit by a vehicle while cycling in Sheridan.

Sheridan Media reports that longtime Sheridan resident 65-year-old Larry Hurst was killed in Saturday’s crash. His wife, Sarah, was taken to a hospital in Billings.

Ronda Holwell, a spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, says they were hit on U.S. Highway 87, about a half mile south of Sheridan College. She says they were riding single file in the emergency lane when they were hit by a vehicle that was also headed southbound.


Plane crashes in Yellowstone park, pilot injured

(Information in the following story is from: Livingston Enterprise,

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A single-engine airplane crashed in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park, seriously injuring the 54-year-old pilot.

Gardiner resident Bill Hill tells the Livingston Enterprise he heard a plane’s engine struggling at about 8:30 a.m. Monday and saw the small plane headed toward the ground at a weird angle.

Hill says he was first on the scene and saw pilot Mark Nardin of Pray crawl out of the wreckage. He says Nardin had his wits about him, complained about pain in his ribs and appeared to have a broken leg.

Hill says he stayed with Nardin until emergency responders arrived.

Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said the pilot was taken to the hospital in Bozeman.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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