Wyoming Digest

Oct 6, 2017 From wire reports

Marine recoveringM

GILLETTE (AP) -- The Marine from Gillette who was critically injured during a training exercise in California has undergone painful skin grafts, lost 30 pounds and was on a ventilator to treat scorched lungs -- but is determined to return to duty once he fully recovers.

Tagen Schmidt is up and walking and has been weaned off the ventilator.

Fourteen Marines and one Navy sailor were hospitalized -- three critically -- after their amphibious vehicle caught fire during a training exercise at a military base. The vehicle struck a natural gas line.

Schmidt remains in the burn center at the University of California San Diego Hillcrest Hospital.

Technology helps



CASPER (AP) -- The University of Wyoming is planning to use an "augmented reality" program to prepare the teachers of tomorrow for their future work in the classroom.

The program would allow student teachers to practice teaching by projecting a classroom full of digital students. The program will also create various virtual scenarios that teachers are likely to encounter in a real classroom setting such as disruptive students and off-topic questions.

The program is part of the university's Trustees Education Initiative, which was established in 2014.

Mine appeals ruling

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The owners of a Montana coal mine have asked a federal appellate court to intervene after a judge halted a planned expansion -- a ruling the company says could shut down work and trigger layoffs.

Signal Peak Energy spokesman Mike Dawson said Friday that the company is appealing to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in hopes of avoiding any layoffs.

The 250-worker Bull Mountain mine north of Billings is one of the largest underground coal mines in the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in August halted a planned expansion onto federal coal reserves. Environmental groups concerned over climate change impacts from burning the coal sued to block the expansion.

Signal Peak says the move could prompt 30 layoffs this month and another 50 layoffs by next March.