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Dec 10, 2013 - The Associated Press

Two killed in head-on collision

WHEATLAND -- A tractor trailer hauling a tank full of ethanol collided head on with a pickup truck in Platte County, killing both drivers.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says the accident occurred about 7:45 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 26, about 12 miles north of Wheatland.

The patrol identified the victims as 62-year-old Gary Johnson, of Evansville, and 31-year-old Brandi N. Taylor, of Casper.

The patrol says Taylor's pickup crossed into the path of the truck driven by Johnson, whose truck and trailer rolled and caught fire.

The 7,900 gallons of ethanol did not catch fire but some spilled.

Environmentalists oppose wind regs

LARAMIE -- Some environmental groups in Wyoming oppose the Obama administration's decision to allow wind companies to kill or injure eagles without fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

Under Friday's decision, wind power companies will now be issued eagle-take permits for 30 years instead of five. There will still be formal checkups every five years.

Audubon Rockies director Brian Rutledge said not enough is known about the impact of wind farms on birds to make such long-term commitments.

In a recent interview, the head of the Fish and Wildlife Service's Migratory Bird Division, Casey Stemler, said the agency won't just walk away after issuing permits. He says there will be consistent monitoring of wind farms and officials will look into any problems.

Courthouse land issue moves ahead

JACKSON -- Teton County is seeking help from Wyoming's congressional delegation to recover land in downtown Jackson that the county gave the federal government for a now-unwanted courthouse.

The county gave the federal General Services Administration 0.14 acres in 1986 to build the Clifford Hansen Federal Courthouse.

The agency now wants to dispose of the property, which has been used only part time by a U.S. District Court.

Federal rules prohibit it from giving the land back without an act of Congress.

Two county commissioners met recently with staffers of Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis about the matter.

Commissioner Ben Ellis says he's optimistic, but he doesn't expect results anytime soon.

Earthquakes felt, but no damage

JACKSON -- The United States Geological Survey has recorded a pair of earthquakes in a remote area southeast of Jackson.

No damage was reported from the quakes on Sunday.

The USGS says the two quakes hit at the same location, about 9 miles southeast of Hoback in the Wyoming Range and at a depth of about 3 miles.

The first quake at 10:40 a.m. was magnitude 3.8 on the Richter scale, and the second at 11:08 a.m. was 4.2.

Two residents reported some shaking.

A Lincoln County sheriff's dispatcher in Afton says the office received no reports about the quakes.

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