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Apr 5, 2012 - The Associated Press

Woman sentenced for drunken wreck

LARAMIE (AP) -- A Colorado woman who seriously injured a Laramie woman in a drunken-driving wreck will spend the next year in jail.

Twenty-one-year-old Amanda J. Collard of Longmont was also ordered to pay the medical bills of Barbara Dietz when she was sentenced on Monday.

Expenses are expected to top $100,000.

Collard crashed her car into Dietz's van on June 12 while being pursued by state troopers.

Dietz had to relearn to walk after the crash and now has only limited movement of one foot. She said her injuries effectively ended her career working with special needs adults.

Collard earns $8 an hour at Walmart and the judge told her she should get a second or third job when she's released to pay for the expenses.

Winter closures remain in effect

JACKSON (AP) -- The Bridger Teton National Forest reminds the public that winter range closures on the Jackson and Buffalo Ranger districts will remain in effect through the month of April.

Winter travel restrictions will remain in effect in some areas until July.

The U.S. Forest Service closes some areas to make sure that wildlife isn't disturbed during times when female animals are pregnant and plants still haven't started to green up.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department also prohibits the gathering of shed antlers from through April 30 on public lands west of the Continental Divide.

Laramie County sees oil uptick

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Officials in Laramie County in southeastern Wyoming say they're seeing some fresh interest in oil drilling after a recent lull.

County planner Gary Kranse says more oil developers are talking to his department about rig sites.

Companies are targeting the deep Niobrara Shale formation beneath Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. A burst of exploration in the Niobrara two years ago slowed down somewhat last year.

Fewer new permits are being issued for oil and gas wells compared to last year but many permits remain active. They are valid for up to a year.

Drilling is up so far this year. Fourteen new wells have been started in 2012.

That exceeds the pace of drilling last year, when 39 wells were started.

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