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AVALANCHE DEATH

Separate avalanches in Wyoming kill 2 within hours

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A second person has died in an avalanche in Wyoming's Jackson area.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that 39-year-old Rex J. Anderson of Arco, Idaho, was killed Thursday while snowmobiling in Waterfall Canyon near the Idaho border.

The slide occurred less than two hours after 29-year-old Jackson resident Michael Kazanjy was killed by an avalanche while he was skiing a slope known as Pucker Face.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest Avalanche Center says Anderson was with three other snowmobilers when he was buried by the slide.

Authorities say his companions found him with the help of his avalanche beacon and dug him out within 10 minutes but could not revive him.

The avalanche was about 350 yards long, but the depth wasn't immediately available.

CARBON MONOXIDE JUDGMENT

Jury awards woman $28.2M in carbon monoxide case

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A federal court jury has awarded $28.2 million to a woman who said she suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning at a Casper apartment.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports a jury ruled for Amber Lompe on Dec. 20 in Cheyenne federal court.

Lompe sued Sunridge Partners LLC of Newport Beach, Calif., and Apartment Management Consultants LLC of Salt Lake City over the February 2011 incident. Her lawsuit said a furnace malfunctioned.

The newspaper says a representative of Sunridge did not return a phone call seeking comment and no working number could be found for Apartment Management Consultants.

Lompe told the newspaper she suffered permanent brain damage that affects her memory and concentration.

One of her attorneys says the award includes $25.5 million in punitive damages and $2.7 million in compensatory damages.

POWELL COLD CASE

DNA leads to arrest in 2006 Powell assault

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities say DNA testing has led to the arrest of a Worland man in connection with a 2006 assault on a Powell woman in her apartment.

The Powell Tribune reports 39-year-old Joseph A. Gould faces charges of aggravated assault and aggravated burglary.

Gould was arrested Dec. 18 and ordered held on $50,000 bail. He hasn't entered a plea.

He is accused of breaking into the woman's home, beating her face with a rock and fleeing with her cellphone.

The woman died in 2011 but police say the death wasn't related to the 2006 attack.

Charging documents say recent DNA testing on hair and other materials found at the apartment led to the arrest of Gould. The technology hadn't been available at the time of the crime.

GILLETTE RODEO COMPLEX

Work begins on loafing shed at Gillette rodeo site

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - The first phase of construction on the Gillette College Rodeo Agriculture Complex is underway.

The Gillette News-Record reports that work has begun on a 20-unit loafing shed, a three-sided barn for horses.

The initial phase of the project will also include fencing at the east end of the Cam-plex facility and an outdoor practice riding arena.

The loafing shed is expected to be complete in time for the Gillette College rodeo starting March 14.

The second phase will include an indoor arena and the third will be an education center.

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