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CASPER (AP) - One person is confirmed dead in a plane crash north of Casper. Natrona County sheriff's Lt. Mark Sellers says the pilot was only person on board. The twin-engine Cessna 337 took off from Rawlins and went down around 1:50 p.m. Friday.

A National Land Trust Census says that voluntarily protected land in Wyoming increased by 731% in the period of 2005 to 2010.

LARAMIE (AP) - The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees has approved new admission standards aimed at improving student retention and graduation rates.

(WY News Service) -- The National Wildlife Federation conducted a study on the possible hazards associated with the process of fracking being used by natural gas production companies.

Buffalo author Steve Rzasa will have a book signing event this Saturday at the Johnson County Library in Buffalo.

Volunteers of America Northern Rockies held a Wall Signing event Thursday to recognize donors to the new Life House facility currently under construction.

The Lake DeSmet Counties Coalition Joint Powers Board had their monthly meeting in Sheridan Thursday night, and a number of citizens from both Sheridan and Johnson Counties showed up to voice their concerns and ask questions in response to a report earlier in the week that NERD Gas had apparently decided against the site for their proposed natural gas to gasoline plant.

The National Weather Service in Billings has issued a winter storm warning through noon on Saturday for the Sheridan foothills. Meteorologist Joe Lester says that this is shaping up to be the first big snow event of the year for our area.

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