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AVALANCHE DANGER

Avalanche danger in western Wyo. prompts warning

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The avalanche danger in western Wyoming is high because of strong winds and heavy snow.

Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center is warning against travel in avalanche terrain at least through yesterday. The advisory covers the Teton, Gros Ventre, Snake River, Salt River, Wyoming Ranges and the Togwotee Pass area.

The Jackson Hole Daily reports that a snowmobiler was injured in a slide on Friday near Ski Lake, a popular hiking, skiing and snowmobiling area reached from the Idaho side of Teton Pass. He was buried but his companions were able to dig him out.

A skier was also buried up to the waist while skiing on Mount Glory on Thursday.

WYOMING-DECAPITATED BODY

Autopsy determines decapitated man's time of death

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - An autopsy has determined a man whose decapitated body was found in a rural area of northwestern Wyoming likely died two days before his discovery.

The Park County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about the identity of the man whose dismembered body was found Thursday by a hunter along the Little Sand Coulee Road, northwest of the town of Powell.

The forensic pathologist estimates the time of death to be last Tuesday. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.

A forensic pathologist reports the victim was approximately 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6 and weighed between 180 and 200 pounds. The victim was less than 35 year of age and appears to have been an agricultural or ranch worker. Authorities say the man was of "stocky" build and in good physical condition.

FLAMING GORGE-LEVELS

Downstream states eye Flaming Gorge water

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - Prolonged drought on the Colorado River system has prompted Wyoming officials to begin planning for the possibility of drawing down water levels in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports that officials with the Wyoming State Engineer's Office plan to meet with Sweetwater County commissioners on March 18. They will discuss what could happen if drought conditions continue and it becomes necessary to change reservoir operations.

Wyoming State Engineering Office Interstate Streams Engineer John Shields says the state wants the public to be aware changes that could be made to Flaming Gorge if the current drought continues.

The Flaming Gorge Reservoir is at about 75 percent capacity. However, things are drier farther downstream on the Colorado River system with major reservoirs only about half full.

UW LAB

Construction set to start on UW lab building

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Construction is set to begin this month in Laramie on a $50-million laboratory building for the University of Wyoming.

The building is called the Michael B. Enzi Undergraduate STEM Lab Facility.

The lab building is going up on Lewis Street, between 10th and 11th streets. Fences will go up and a crane will move in sometime in April. The 100,000 square-foot, three-story building is set for completion in late spring 2015.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that the building will house freshman- and sophomore-level math and science classes. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

WYOMING SNOWPACK

Wyoming snowpack 17 percent above average

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming's snowpack is off to a good start this year but experts warn it's too early to take comfort in the figures.

Statewide, the snowpack is 17 percent above average. Levels in central Wyoming range from 26 to 56 percent of average but that's tempered by lower snowfall in southwestern Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the snowpack in most of Sweetwater, Uinta and Lincoln counties is 15 percent below average.

State Forester Bill Crapser says it's too soon to predict where snow levels will be when the weather warms up and wildfire season starts.

Chris Jones, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Riverton, says the current snowpack won't provide any protection if the weather warms up prematurely.

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