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Firefighters: Avoid area of Wyoming wildfire

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Firefighters are urging people to avoid a forested area in southeast Wyoming that's a popular place to hike, camp and fish.

A wildfire near Lake Owen in Medicine Bow National Forest had burned almost a square mile as of Tuesday. The fire broke out Monday, prompting the evacuation of a campground.

Meanwhile, forest officials are urging residents of nearby Woods Landing, Jelm, Fox Park and Albany to stay put and keep away from the fire zone.

Residents along Fox Creek Road have been advised to be prepared to leave.

No injuries or structure damage are reported.

A small, lightning-caused fire is being allowed to burn in Grand Teton National Park. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the fire is in a remote area west of Jackson Lake.


Campbell County hires 10 firefighters for summer

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - The Campbell County Fire Department has hired 10 seasonal firefighters to help fight wildfires this summer.

Fire season has been relatively quiet across Wyoming so far this summer, although some small wildfires are now breaking out in the southeastern and northwestern parts of the state.

The additional firefighters in Campbell County work full-time between June and Labor Day. When they're not out fighting fires, they're responsible for basic maintenance work.

The Gillette News-Record reports eight of the seasonal firefighters are based in Gillette and the other two are in Wright.

Qualified applicants need to have basic federal and state firefighting training and be able to run three miles with a 45-pound pack in less than 45 minutes.


Using CO2 for more oil topic of Laramie confab

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - A visiting professor at the University of Wyoming says using carbon dioxide to re-pressurize Wyoming's aging oil fields could yield up to 1 billion barrels of oil.

Ben Cook is a visiting assistant professor of economics and an associated research faculty member at the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute.

Cook plans to present his research Wednesday in Laramie at a carbon dioxide conference hosted by the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute and UW.

The Laramie Boomerang reports the two-day conference will focus on injecting carbon dioxide underground to boost oil production. Presenters will include UW researchers and an attorney with ExxonMobil.

Cook says every $1 million of oil production supports three jobs.


FBI searching for missing Wyoming man

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities looking for a missing Wyoming man last seen at the Wind River Indian Reservation in Riverton are offering up to $5,000 for information regarding his disappearance.

The FBI says its investigation has concluded that Jared Little Whiteman's disappearance was the result of criminal activity. He was last seen on June 3, and his family reported him missing on June 11.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Wind River Police Department are among the agencies aiding in the investigation.

People with information on the case are asked to call the FBI at 307-335-7559 or 303-629-7171.


Faulty gauge boosts release from Jackson Lake

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - A faulty water level monitor has increased the release of water from Jackson Lake.

The malfunction happened between Thursday and Monday. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials say as a result, they boosted the discharge rate from Jackson Lake Dam by almost 40 percent.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the gauge incorrectly showed that Jackson Lake had reached full capacity when in fact the lake was only 98 percent full.

Employees discovered the problem Monday morning.

Bureau officials say they'll keep releasing water at the higher rate for now. They say the higher rate shouldn't cause the water level in the lake to fall.


Fire burns near Medicine Lodge archaeological site

HYATTVILLE, Wyo. (AP) - Firefighters have put out a wildfire that burned 19 acres of grassland near the Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site on the western slope of the Bighorn Mountains.

State parks officials say Monday's fire was located mostly on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land and burned less than an acre of the state property.

Site Superintendent Brooks Jordan says the fire didn't threaten any buildings or cultural areas in the park. Investigators are looking into possible causes.

The site features a sandstone cliff with American Indian petroglyphs and pictographs.


Falling rock kills girl, 4, in northern Wyoming

LOVELL, Wyo. (AP) - A falling rock measuring a couple feet wide and weighing about 50 pounds has killed a 4-year-old girl in what investigators say was a freak accident in northern Wyoming.

It happened Saturday afternoon near a campground 22 miles east of Lovell.

The Powell Tribune reports 4-year-old Kaylee Spomer was hiking with relatives when the rock came loose from a cliff about 20 feet overhead. Big Horn County Sheriff Ken Blackburn says the falling rock hit Kaylee in the head.

Deputies were on the scene near the Five Springs Falls campground within minutes. The girl died at a hospital a couple hours later.

Investigators say no people were present at the spot where the rock came loose and they say the girl's family did nothing wrong.


Rawlins high school project over budget, delayed

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) - Construction of a new high school in Rawlins is delayed after bids submitted by subcontractors came in $7 million over budget.

The state of Wyoming is paying to build the high school. Officials with the Wyoming School Facilities Department tell Carbon County school officials the state doesn't have any extra money and the local district would need to cover the additional costs.

State officials say another alternative is to redesign the school and make it $7 million cheaper. The Rawlins Daily Times reports local officials expressed skepticism about that approach at a recent public meeting on the issue.

Contractors across Wyoming have had difficulty finding enough workers in recent months and that's been driving up the cost of school projects in Rawlins and elsewhere.


Pilot buys pizzas for passengers grounded by storm

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Frontier Airlines pilot treated his passengers to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours.

Cheyenne Domino's Pizza manager Andrew Ritchie told The Associated Press he got a call at about 10 p.m. Monday just as he was about to send employees home. He says the pilot told him he needed to feed 160 people - fast.

Ritchie says his crew made about 35 pizzas and delivered them to the airport, where the driver handed the food off to flight attendants.

One of the passengers sent KUSA-TV a picture of flight attendants handing pizza boxes to people.

The television station reports that the flight to Denver, which originated in Washington, D.C., left Cheyenne about 10:30 p.m., shortly after the pizzas arrived.

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