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AIR TANKER-EMERGENCY LANDING

None hurt in emergency landing at Utah air base

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) - All six crew members aboard a C-130 air tanker escaped injury when the aircraft on its way to refuel for a firefighting mission was forced to make an emergency landing at Hill Air Force Base near Ogden, Utah.

Air Force officials say the aircraft owned by the Wyoming Air National Guard experienced an inflight emergency around 1 p.m. Sunday. It belongs to the Guard's 153rd Air Refueling Wing.

The air tanker is one of two Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead recently activated to help fight fires in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and California.

Hill Air Force Base said in a statement Sunday that the aircraft had planned to refuel and resupply at the base. It said an investigation is pending and more information will be released when it becomes available.

HEALTH BENEFITS-WYOMING

State covers most of employee health care costs

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A new report says the state of Wyoming pays for 85 percent of state employees' health care premiums.

Nationwide, state government plans pay on average 84 percent of an employee's health care costs.

The data was released by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in a first-of-its-kind state-by-state breakdown of health plan spending for state employees.

It shows health care premiums for state employees in Wyoming are more expensive than the national average for state workers.

The report states that Wyoming spent about $100.6 million in 2013 on total health plan spending for state employees.

Ralph Hayes is program manager for Wyoming Employees' Group Insurance.

He tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that the state's rural characteristics increase the cost of health insurance.

SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT-PRIMARY

1 schools chief candidate admitted to nepotism

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - One of the three candidates in the Republican primary for superintendent of public instruction has admitted to nepotism in her state administrative job with the Wyoming Department of Education.

But Sheryl Lain has suffered no consequences as far as her state job under current Superintendent Cindy Hill. Lain is one of the top three paid officials at the department, earning $110,000 a year.

The nepotism issue was raised during last week's final debate before Tuesday's primary election for state superintendent, who oversees the education department.

Lain did not return repeated telephone and email requests for comment over a three-day period.

Lain, Jillian Balow and Bill Winney are seeking the GOP nomination for the four-year superintendent's office. The winner advances to the general election against Democrat Mike Ceballos.

YELLOWSTONE EARTHQUAKES

Yellowstone region has high earthquake probability

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A new U.S. Geological Survey report indicates a slightly greater earthquake hazard in the Greater Yellowstone region of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho than previously thought.

And the USGS map of seismic hazards shows that the region is as seismically hazardous as anywhere in the United States.

University of Utah geophysicist Bob Smith says tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the nationwide USGS earthquake hazard maps and adjoining documents were last updated in 2006.

The documents are used to determine building codes and dictates how robustly buildings must be constructed.

The last major seismic event in the Yellowstone region was the 1959 Hebgen Lake Quake in Montana that killed 29 people.

YELLOWSTONE-MISSING RAFTER

Body of Georgia man found in Yellowstone River

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - The body of a 22-year-old Georgia man who went missing a week ago while tubing in Yellowstone National Park has been recovered.

The National Park Service says a special swift-water team recovered the body of Darien Latty, of Demorest, Georgia, on Saturday from the Yellowstone River.

Latty had been missing since Aug. 11 when he was last seen being swept down the river without a tube or life jacket. Two companions on the trip were able to reach the river's edge.

Searchers finally found his body late Friday about a quarter mile downstream.

Latty was in Yellowstone working as a summer seasonal employee.

Floating the river is prohibited

VA GRANTS

VA awards Wyoming $3.4 million in grants

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a total of $3.4 million to Wyoming to prevent homelessness among veterans.

The money will fund services provided by the Southwest Wyoming Recovery Access Program, like housing counseling, legal assistance, temporary financial assistance and childcare for veterans and their families.

KUWR reports that about 60 percent of Wyoming veterans who use the program's services are homeless.

Currently, the Wyoming program covers about 48 percent of the state.

Grant money will be used to expand services into the rest of Wyoming and into parts of South Dakota where no similar program exist.

Eventually, the Wyoming program hopes to reach 605 veteran households by the end of this year.

HISTORIC CABIN IN PERIL

Preservationists seek to save old Jackson cabin

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The Teton County Historic Preservation Board is working with the town of Jackson to save a historic cabin from demolition.

A pending land sale due to close on Aug. 26 is conditional on the cabin's removal or destruction by this coming Friday.

The Mercer family sold the property on which the cabin sits to a group that plans to build a synagogue there.

The log structure is a landmark among old photos of downtown. It is seen in a color 1948 Life Magazine photo.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that moving the cabin will cost between $12,000 and $20,000.

But the building itself is free to anyone who wants it.

WYOMING-MILITARY TICKETS

Wyoming vets can get free tickets to UW-Air Force

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Military veterans in Wyoming are eligible for free tickets to the Wyoming-Air Force football game in Laramie on Sept. 6.

The free tickets are be made available thanks to a joint venture of the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Veterans Commission.

Veterans can request two tickets per veteran by contacting the Wyoming Veterans Commission. Veterans will need to provide their name, mailing address, phone number, and some basic proof of their veteran status.

All requests for tickets must be received by the close of business on Aug. 28 and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets for the Sept. 6 game will be mailed as the orders are filled and no later than Aug 28.

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