Wyoming digest

Nov 18, 2013 The Associated Press

Woman arrested in hit and run

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Police have arrested a 31-year-old Cheyenne woman suspected in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a bicyclist in Fort Collins.

Amanda Mae Miller of Cheynne was arrested in Fort Collins on Friday night on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury.

Police say Miller's car struck 21-year-old Colorado State University student Michael Patterson on Nov. 6. Miller allegedly got out of her car, spoke with the bleeding and visibly injured cyclist, and then drove away.

An update on Patterson's condition has not been released.

1/3 job deaths out-of-state drivers

Out-of-state drivers who were killed in vehicle crashes accounted for more than one-third of the 31 workers who died on the job in Wyoming last year.

Wyoming consistently has one of the nation's highest rates of workplace fatalities. Many jobs in Wyoming are in relatively dangerous areas, such as the petroleum industry.

The 31 workers killed in 2012 was unchanged from the number in 2011.

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services figures show that 16 of the 31 fatalities last year were transportation-related. Drivers from out of state accounted for 13 of those 16.

Out-of-state drivers might not be familiar Wyoming roads that wind over mountains and through valleys.

Workforce Services Director Joan Evans says better road signs and mandatory stops might help.

Campbell schools post food waste

GILLETTE -- Some Campbell County schools are sending waste food to a Gillette composting program instead of tossing it out.

The schools are tossing waste fruit, vegetables and bread from school cafeterias into covered containers that will be hauled once a week to the composting program at the city wastewater treatment plant.

The district says 21 schools are participating. The program began Monday.

Bryan Young, the district director of nutrition services, says the composting effort might eventually be expanded into a demonstration to show students the food cycle from waste to compost to gardens.

The city composting program is a one-year pilot project operated through the Department of Environmental Quality.

Michael Foote, the city's sustainability coordinator, says it's the only program of its kind in the state.

Driver sentenced for fatal wreck

DICKINSON, N.D. -- A South Carolina man has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for a fatal rollover crash that killed a Wyoming man in western North Dakota.

Wayne Pauli, 53, of Akins, S.C., was sentenced Thursday in Southwest District Court.

Akins Pauli originally faced a charge of manslaughter, but it was changed to a lesser charge of negligent homicide in a plea deal.

Authorities say Spencer Glen Rae of Lyman, Wyo., was killed in the crash near Hebron in early April.

Police measured Pauli's blood-alcohol content at 0.06.

The legal threshold for drunken driving in North Dakota is 0.08. Authorities say Pauli also had been smoking marijuana.

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