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Nov 29, 2013 - The Associated Press

Mideast Thanksgiving for Mead

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and others from the state celebrated Thanksgiving with more than 160 Wyoming National Guard troops deployed in the Middle East.

Mead's office said Friday that the governor and First Lady Carol Mead met in Bahrain with more than 160 soldiers deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The soldiers are from the 133rd Engineering Company, based in Laramie.

Also joining them on the trip were U.S. Sen., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Major General Luke Reiner, the Wyoming adjutant general.

Teen drove wrong way on road

RAWLINS -- A Rawlins teenager is dead after driving the wrong way down a highway and colliding head-on with a semitrailer.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol identifies the victim as 19-year-old Calli A. Hays of Rawlins.

The patrol reports Hays was driving a 2007 Toyota southbound in the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 287 early Tuesday afternoon when she hit the semitrailer.

The patrol says Hays was dead at the scene, while the truck driver didn't require hospitalization.

Big trout stock in reservoirs

LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has stocked 750 large trout into reservoirs between Laramie and Cheyenne.

The game department says the trout have been culled from breeding stock at Boulder Fish Rearing Station. When they get past a certain age, their usefulness as breeders falls off and the department stocks them for anglers.

The department stocked 500 of the trout at Crystal Reservoir and 250 of them at Granite Reservoir. They weigh between three and six pounds and average 16-18 inches.

Ice is beginning to form on both of the reservoirs but the department says it's still unsafe and urged anglers to use caution.

Dinosaur skeleton fetches $650K

LONDON -- A huge dinosaur skeleton found in Wyoming has fetched 400,000 pounds (about $650,000) at an auction in England.

The female Diplodocus longus skeleton, nicknamed "Misty," measures 55 feet (17 meters) long and 19 feet (6 meters) tall.

Summers Place Auctions said the skeleton was rare because it was found mostly intact near a quarry in Wyoming by accident. The skeleton was treated at a fossil laboratory in the Netherlands before it was assembled in Britain.

The auction house, in southern England's West Sussex, said Wednesday the buyer is an unnamed institution that would put the skeleton on public display.

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