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LONE RANGER'S GUN

Wyoming museum acquires Lone Ranger's pistol

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - A museum in Wyoming has acquired an old pistol made famous by a masked hero of television from more than 60 years ago.

The Lone Ranger's Colt .45 is now on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody.

The single-action revolver belonged to actor John Hart. He portrayed the Lone Ranger in the original TV series that ran from 1952 to 1954, about a masked Texas Ranger who battled injustice in the Old West. His sidekick Tonto was one of the most well-known American Indian stereotypes of all time.

Hart used several firearms over his acting career, but this gun is special. It features ivory grips and intricate engraving.

COLD CASE SLAYINGS

Jury selection to begin in old Wyoming murder case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for an elderly Missouri woman accused of killing her husband 40 years ago, and defense attorneys want to ensure jurors don't know about her current husband's guilty plea in a separate decades-old murder case.

More prospective jurors will be called up than originally planned to help ensure that's possible.

Court documents show that attorneys for 75-year-old Alice Uden have been preparing to argue self-defense as she's tried on first-degree murder charges in Cheyenne in the death of her husband in southeast Wyoming in the mid-1970s.

She and her current husband, 71-year-old Gerald Uden were arrested in rural Chadwick, Mo., in late September, and he has since acknowledged killing his then-wife and her young sons in 1980. Investigators have not linked the two cases.

In Alice Uden's trial, the defense expects to call to the stand a sociologist who could testify about how police typically responded to domestic violence calls in the 1970s. Also, a statement filed by the defense so it can be read to prospective jurors says attorneys will argue Uden acted to protect herself and her then-2-year-old daughter.

Prosecutors were preparing to argue that Uden shot 25-year-old Ronald Holtz with a .22-caliber rifle as he slept in late 1974 or early 1975. They say she dumped his body in an abandoned mine on the Remount Ranch, a small cattle outfit between Cheyenne and Laramie, where Uden had been a caretaker.

JACKSON LANDSLIDE-MEAD

Gov. Mead tours Jackson landslide zone

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead says after touring a slow-moving landslide in Jackson he wants to help local officials defray the cost of the disaster.

Efforts to slow the slide by hauling in tons of dirt and rock appear to be working. Ground movement has slowed to just a tenth of an inch per day - much less than a surge April 17 and 18 that sheared one house in two.

Mead said after touring the slide zone Monday he can't promise anything, but several federal and state agencies could potentially help with emergency grants.

He says costs since April 4 have topped $600,000 and likely will exceed $1 million.

Residents of 42 houses and apartment units remain either evacuated from their homes or able to reach them only on foot.

WYOMING PLANT EXPLOSION

Small fire burns at Wyoming gas plant after blast

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A small fire burned at a western Wyoming natural gas processing plant Monday, five days after an explosion forced the evacuation of a nearby town and shut down the facility.

A company spokesman says the fire has shrunk considerably since the blast, and workers at the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Partners facility were allowing the blaze to burn to consume remaining gases.

Spokesman George Angerbauer says he wasn't sure how long that would take.

A company release Monday says only one of the plant's five processing units was damaged. The company says the remaining four would remain able to process 1.1 billion cubic feet a day, or the entire volume of gas available for processing at the plant.

The plant's total capacity is 1.5 billion cubic feet.

CASPER TREATMENT PLANT

Casper officials look at sewage treatment upgrades

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A sewage treatment plant in Casper will need upgrades totaling almost $30 million and possibly more to comply with upcoming environmental regulations.

Public Utilities Manager David Hill says much of the 55-year-old plant's equipment, piping and electrical systems are over 30 years old.

Meanwhile, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirements will likely require the plant to be able to remove nitrogen and phosphorous by 2023. Sewage treatment officials also want to be able to remove selenium to meet environmental standards.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that city officials are unsure how to go about the improvements when they don't know for sure what regulations will be in force years from now.

Officials have appointed a task force to plan improvements despite the uncertainty.

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