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COLD CASE SLAYINGS

Jury to deliberate in 1970s Wyoming shooting death

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Jurors in Cheyenne are set to begin deliberating in the trial of a 75-year-old Missouri woman accused of killing her husband in Wyoming in the mid-1970s.

Alice Uden, of Chadwick, Missouri, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ronald Holtz. Jurors heard closing arguments Tuesday and the judge dismissed them for the day after they got the case Tuesday evening.

Uden testified she shot her 24-year-old husband at their Cheyenne home to stop Holtz as he was set to attack her 2-year-old daughter.

Prosecutors say Uden shot her husband as he slept.

Police arrested Uden and 71-year-old Gerald Uden in September. Gerald Uden has pleaded guilty to murdering his ex-wife and her two children in central Wyoming in 1980.

Prosecutors haven't linked the two cases.

SNOWBOARDER DEATH

Snowboarder dies in fall on Wyoming mountain

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) - A 24-year-old man died after falling 1,500 feet while descending a mountain in Grand Teton National Park on a snowboard.

The National Park Service identified the man as Joseph Lohr, of Anchorage, Alaska.

The agency says Lohr and two companions had summited the 12,325-foot Teewinot (tee-WIN'-aht) Mountain around 10 a.m. Monday before the accident occurred about an hour later.

Lohr initially survived the fall but was unconscious and at about 9,600 feet elevation.

An attempt to airlift him off the mountain was called off because of snow and high wind. Lohr eventually died from his injuries about 4 p.m.

His body was removed the following morning after weather conditions improved.

Grand Teton Superintendent David Vela says rescue personnel made every effort to get Lohr off the mountain for medical treatment.

WYOMING PLANT EXPLOSION

Wyoming plant back to meeting customer needs

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming natural gas processing plant is back to supplying its customer demands less than two weeks after an explosion and fire shut it down.

Williams Partners said Tuesday that the plant near the town of Opal (oh-PAL') is processing about 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day.

That is its normal capacity for this time of year.

On April 23, the plant was shut down by an explosion apparently triggered by a release of natural gas and resulting fire that burned out after five days. The town's residents were evacuated for about a day because of the incident.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company and officials from state and federal regulatory agencies are still investigating the cause.

The plant processes gas produced from western Wyoming and northern Utah wells.

CASPER SCHOOLS

Natrona County votes on $33M bond issue

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Voters in Natrona County are deciding a $33 million bond issue to pay for school improvements.

Should voters pass the bond in Tuesday's election, Natrona County property taxes would increase by about $22 annually for every $100,000 of a home's assessed valuation during the next 12 years.

The bond will pay for tighter security at local schools, high-end equipment for students, a new planetarium and remodeled swimming pools at Natrona County, Kelly Walsh and Midwest schools.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the money will be in addition to the $280 million already allocated for construction and renovation at Natrona County, Kelly Walsh and Roosevelt high schools in Casper.

GRAND TETON FEES

Grand Teton may take piece of concessionaires

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Companies that do business in Grand Teton National Park may be sharing some of their earnings with the National Park Service.

The park is working on a new fee structure for commercial operators in the park, such as towing companies or bike tour operators. The plan would take effect in 2016.

Grand Teton spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the changes would add a new graduated fee based on gross receipts in the park that concessionaires earn.

The fee would be in addition to an existing $300 annual flat fee.

Skaggs says Yellowstone already assesses the gross receipts fee.

As many as 100 companies, many based in Jackson Hole, have commercial use authorizations with Grand Teton.

Business owners say the fee will complicate bookkeeping.

ANIMAL HOARDER

Alleged animal hoarder arrested in Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - A woman who has been accused of hoarding dogs in California and Wyoming is under arrest in Colorado.

Sixty-four-year-old Kimi Peck was being held in the Weld County jail Tuesday, a day after being arrested for one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. Investigators say one of her dogs was emaciated.

Her arrest came three days after she voluntarily surrendered 53 dogs she had been transporting in a trailer in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported she was allowed to keep four others.

In 2005 in southern California, she was accused of keeping Chihuahua rescue dogs in filthy conditions.

Sheriff's bureau chief Steve Reams said Peck was arrested because of the previous allegations of animal hoarding and because it's not clear where she lives. It's not clear if she has a lawyer.

MT-YELLOWSTONE TROUT

Scientists: Non-native Yellowstone trout decline

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Scientists say a voracious species of trout that entered Yellowstone Lake and decimated its native trout population appears to be in decline following efforts to kill off the invading fish.

Non-native lake trout were first found 20 years ago in the 132-square mile lake in the center of Yellowstone National Park. Crews have since caught and removed more than a million of the fish in hopes that cutthroat trout populations would rebound.

On Tuesday, scientists from the park and Trout Unlimited said those efforts are finally showing progress.

They say a recent analysis points to a lake trout population beginning to decline. Meanwhile, the numbers of young cutthroat trout are increasing.

Park officials expanded the lake trout removal program over the past two years. It costs about $2 million annually.

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