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Game Fish imposes fire ban in Laramie region

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has banned open fires on the land it administers within the Laramie region in the southeast part of the state because of dry conditions

Region Habitat and Access Supervisor Jerry Cowles noted the potential for human-caused fires is very high.

The Laramie region includes Red Rim Daley and Grizzly, Pennock, Wick, Cottonwood, Jelm, Thorne/Williams, Forbes, Table Mountain, Springer, Rawhide, and Laramie Peak wildlife habitat management areas. The ban also includes all public access areas within the Laramie region.

The fire ban prohibits campfires as well as charcoal grills and coal or wood burning stoves.

In addition, there are restrictions on smoking.


Park County cuts Marathon a break on office rent

(Information in the following story is from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, http://www.powelltribune.com)

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Park County commissioners have given one of the world's biggest oil companies a break on paying office space rent, citing the oil and gas industry's financial woes because of low prices.

At the company's request, the commission provided Marathon Oil Corp. a two-year reprieve from the annual 2.4 percent rate hikes they typically demand of office tenants at a county owned office complex in Cody.

The Powell Tribune reports that the decision could save Marathon about $22,500 over the new five-year lease.

Even with the discount, Marathon will pay the county about $1 million over the five-year lease.

Commissioners noted Marathon's long-standing presence in Park County and pointed out that Marathon gave the county a substantial discount when it sold the complex to the county in 2005.


2 men sentenced in Ethete killing, cover-up

(Information in the following story is from: KTWO-TV, http://www.k2tv.com/)

ETHETE, Wyo. (AP) - Two men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the June 2014 killing of an Ethete man on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

KTWO-TV reports Jaymes Leo Whiteplume was sentenced to 39 years for first-degree murder, and Garrett Revere was sentenced to five years for being an accessory after the fact to the murder.

Revere and another man reportedly drove Jared Dean Little Whiteman to a trailer on the reservation, where he was attacked, tied and interrogated about drugs and money.

Little Whiteman's body was found buried in another area and recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Indian Affairs. An autopsy found more than 40 stab wounds on his body.

Susan Chippewa, the lead defendant in the case, will be sentenced Aug. 26.


Spit in deputy's face gets man 60 days in jail

(Information in the following story is from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com)

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A man is spending 60 days in jail for battery and other charges after he spat in a deputy's face.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Alenjandro Aguayo pleaded guilty to three charges and was sentenced Thursday to jail time as well as two years of probation.

An arrest report says Aguayo was taken into custody for public intoxication, and became combative as deputies booked him into Natrona County Detention Center. A deputy used a Taser to subdue Aguayo.

He fell, hit his head, and was transported to the hospital, where Doctors put 10 staples in the back of his head.

The report says Aguayo spat in the deputy's face while waiting to be discharged.


Attorneys argue powers during hearing on federal water rule

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Attorneys argued over state and federal powers for more than four hours Friday on an effort by 13 states to block a new rule that gives federal authorities jurisdiction over some state waters.

The states, led by North Dakota, argue that the rules from the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers illegally expand those agencies' powers under the federal Clean Water Act.

The law goes into effect next week. The states want the judge to order an injunction to suspend the new rules, which they say are causing confusion and anxiety.

An EPA attorney said during Friday afternoon's hearing that the rule clearly defines affected areas.

The other states joining the lawsuit are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming.


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