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GAS EXPLOSION

Injured gas worker planned to marry next summer

PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) - One of the workers injured last week in a Jonah Field explosion planned to marry next summer but is fighting for his life.

The Star-Tribune reports that 23-year-old Brandon Chadwick is in critical condition at a Utah hospital. He was one of five workers injured in the blast at an Encana drilling site 35 miles south of Pinedale.

Three of the workers have been released from the hospital.

Chadwick's fiancee tells the newspaper that he has significant burns covering between 12 and 20 percent of his body.

The blast appears to be a result of welding work being done at the site, according to a preliminary investigation by the Wyoming Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

UW PRESIDENT

UW Faculty Senate wants open presidential search

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The University of Wyoming Faculty Senate strongly supports publicizing the names of finalists before the regents choose a new university president.

The faculty senate voted 47 to 3 on Monday in support of the nonbinding measure.

Former UW President Bob Sternberg announced his resignation on Nov. 14. He resigned after serving just over four months on the job.

Some faculty members said Sternberg's short-lived presidency could have been avoided if the names of finalists in the search that led to Sternberg's hiring had been made public well in advance of the final selection. The university announced four finalists Feb. 22 and selected Sternberg as president four days later.

CLEAR SIDEWALK COOPERATIVES

Cheyenne co-ops seek clear sidewalks this winter

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A group of Cheyenne property owners are marshaling forces this winter for a common goal - sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the sidewalk effort got started last week when property owners decided to get together to clear sidewalks.

Hans Seitz lives in a Cheyenne loft and says he gets frustrated by icy winter sidewalks. He's setting up cooperatives for given blocks. He says property owners would chip in to pay a contracted third-party to remove snow three or four times a month.

A city ordinance says sidewalks must be clear within 24 hours after it snows.

By early December, the group hopes to put out a proposal for snow and ice removal.

TREE CUTTING

Logging operations ongoing on Medicine Bow forest

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Officials on the Medicine Bow National Forest say motorists on I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie and along Happy Jack Road will see logging operations over the next year or two as crews work to remove hazardous trees from along the roadways.

Workers with the Wyoming Department of Transportation are removing trees that could fall and damage fences that keep cattle off the roadways. Hazardous trees also need to be removed from the Summit Rest Area.

The agencies don't expect road closures, but say the rest area will likely be closed for several days when work is done in that area. Log trucks will be operating near work areas.

WATERFOWL HUNTING

Game and Fish expects good waterfowl hunting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says hunting for ducks and geese should be good as long as waters remain open.

The department says that the mild weather most of the state has experienced so far has provided open holding water for migrating birds.

Game and Fish waterfowl biologist Larry Roberts says there are still a lot of ducks and geese in the Dakotas and Montana that will be migrating through Wyoming once a cold snap closes open water in those areas.

FBI-TEEN TRAFFICKING

FBI honors Colo. group that helps trafficked teens

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado group that helps teen girls rescued from prostitution is being honored by the FBI.

The FBI's Denver field office is presenting Restore Innocence with its community leadership award Tuesday. Founded by Jason and Michelle Korth in 2010, the group distributes bags of clothes, toiletries and food to teen victims of human trafficking found by law enforcement in over 30 states.

The Christian-based group also provides counseling and shelter in Colorado Springs to girls who have been through treatment programs and are trying to adjust to normal life. Many of them were runaways who were abused before being coerced into prostitution.

The FBI says agents and police departments are on track to recover over 60 trafficked teens in Colorado and Wyoming this year, up from 49 last year.

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