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Jan 30, 2014 - The Associated Press
One dead, one hurt in wreck
GILLETTE -- Authorities say one person was killed and another was injured in a crash involving a pickup and a tractor-trailer north of Gillette.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 22-year-old Jared M. Wass of Gillette was headed south on Wyoming 59 when he lost control of his pickup on the icy roadway and slammed into an oncoming tractor-trailer at about 6:30 a.m. Monday.
Wass' passenger, 31-year-old Travis L. Nelson, also of Gillette, was ejected and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
One of the three people in the tractor-trailer was injured. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released.
Utah teen killed in I-80 rollover
RAWLINS -- Authorities say one person was killed and another was injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident just west of Rawlins.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 19-year-old Sean M. Anderson, of American Fork, Utah, was headed east on Interstate 80 when his pickup went off the side of the road at about 7:20 a.m. Wednesday. Anderson lost control of the vehicle, which rolled several times.
His passenger, 20-year-old Tiffany J. Anderson, of Payson, Utah, was sleeping in the back seat at the time of the crash. She was ejected from the truck and pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators believe excessive speed played a role in the crash.
Forage adequate at elk refuge
JACKSON -- Biologists say forage conditions at the National Elk Refuge remain good enough that supplemental feeding of elk and bison isn't required yet this winter.
The refuge issued a statement saying its biologists and biologists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have been monitoring forage conditions closely.
A forage survey conducted this week noted most irrigated sites on the refuge are near levels where supplemental feeding is considered but that forage is available in other areas. An additional survey will be conducted at the end of the week after the current winter storm passes to reassess conditions.
Yellowstone plow help not expected
POWELL -- Yellowstone National Park officials say they don't expect to need help with spring snow plowing to get the park's entrances opened on time this year.
Last year, state and local officials helped out with plowing in Yellowstone after federal spending cuts reduced the park budget. The cuts threatened to delay plowing and harm tourism by causing the park's entrances to open later than usual.
Crews and equipment from the Wyoming Department of Transportation took part in last year's plowing and the park entrances opened on time.
Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said Yellowstone's entrances are targeted to open like usual this year.