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GILLETTE SHERIFF'S CAMERAS

Campbell County deputies already use body cameras

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in Campbell County began wearing small cameras to record their interactions with the public months before those devices became part of a national debate.

The tiny cameras clip onto a deputy's uniform. Some say body cameras can help prevent or at least document confrontations such as the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

President Barack Obama is calling for federal funding to put body cameras on 50,000 law enforcement officers. In Campbell County, sheriff's deputies began wearing body cameras back in April.

Sheriff's Capt. Roy Seeman says the movement to put body cameras on officers could be good if it helps show that law enforcement officers consistently do things the right way.

The Gillette News-Record reports Gillette police also are looking into buying body cameras.

ICE FISHING SAFETY

Wyoming Game and Fish: Stay safe on ice

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is urging ice fishermen to stay safe this winter.

Game and Fish says it's a good idea to check conditions before venturing out onto a lake that has frozen over. Check the thickness of the ice every 100 to 150 feet.

Four inches of clear ice usually is considered enough for safe fishing.

Game and Fish says don't go onto rivers or other moving water that has frozen over. In any case, always make sure somebody else is with you.

In case you fall in, wear a life jacket and carry a flotation device on a rope that can easily be thrown. Also, carry an ice pick on a lanyard to help you crawl out in case you fall through.

OILFIELD TRAFFIC

Oil industry trucks worry Glenrock-area residents

GLENROCK, Wyo. (AP) - Homeowners north of Glenrock say they're worried about having to deal with more truck traffic as oil development picks up in their area.

One resident along North Monkey Road says he bought signs telling truck drivers to keep off the private road. Orvie Stoneking says the $50 he spent seems to have stopped the problem of oil industry trucks cutting through his neighborhood.

Last summer, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management leased 240 acres in the area to Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy for possible oil drilling.

Some landowners tell the Casper Star-Tribune they want the Converse County Commission to do more to regulate oilfield traffic, such as by posting signs for truck drivers.

Commissioners say they don't intend to begin putting signs up on private roads.

TRIPLE FATAL

Woman charged in fatal bus crash pleads not guilty

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A woman accused of driving a bus full of coal miners through a construction zone and into a line of stopped cars - killing three Gillette men - has pleaded not guilty to three counts of vehicular homicide.

The Gillette News Record reports 53-year-old Rhoda Steel entered her pleas Tuesday in the May 14 deaths of 37-year-old Colin Schultz, 55-year-old Charles Errington and 40-year-old Chris Joubert.

Steel is accused of driving a bus carrying 16 North Antelope Rochelle mine employees past 2,000 feet of warning signs leading to a Highway 59 construction site south of Gillette. According to court documents, she had set the cruise control on the 19-ton bus at 65 mph, and she did not hit the brakes until six seconds after the initial impact.

SKI AREA OPENS

Sleeping Giant Ski Area to open for winter season

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - A ski area just east of Yellowstone National Park is about to open for the winter season.

Sleeping Giant Ski Area got a couple snow storms in November and now has about 16 inches of snow base. The resort is scheduled to open Friday.

General Manager Jon Reveal tells the Cody Enterprise the ski area opened for Thanksgiving weekend last year but the early start didn't work out particularly well.

He says the resort will be fully staffed this weekend and over the Christmas school break.

SINKS CANYON YURTS

Yurts a new way to camp in Sinks Canyon State Park

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - There's a new way to camp at Sinks Canyon State Park outside Lander.

The park is now home to three yurts. A yurt is a type of semi-permanent, cylindrical-shaped tent with a cone-shaped top.

Park officials installed the yurts at the Popo Agie Campground and the structures now are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Riverton Ranger reports each yurt has two beds and a futon which folds out into another full-sized bed. Each yurt also has a space heater and an electrical outlet, though visitors will need to provide their own sheets and bedding.

No cooking is allowed in the yurts but outdoor fire grills are nearby.

The charge is $40 per night.

WESTERN WATER-COLORADO

With future uncertain, Colorado shields its water

DENVER (AP) - Colorado is drawing up a strategy to capture and protect some of the trillions of gallons of water that gushes out of the Rocky Mountains every spring.

Drought-stricken California and other states have legal claim to two-thirds of the water that flows from Colorado.

Colorado pledges to provide downstream states with every gallon they're entitled to - but not a drop more.

A draft state water plan being submitted to Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday addresses Colorado's growing population, its recreational economy and the environment.

Its authors say they want to ensure cities, farms and the environment have enough water amid drought and climate change.

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