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Feb 25, 2014 - The Associated Press
Six rescued from ice floe
ROCK SPRINGS -- Authorities say they rescued six anglers from an ice floe that broke away from the shore of Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
The rescue occurred Friday but wasn't announced until Monday. No injuries were reported.
The anglers, from Wyoming and Colorado, told Sweetwater County sheriff's deputies they started fishing at 6:30 a.m. Friday and at 9 a.m. realized they were drifting away from shore.
Four Green River Fire Department members trained in ice rescues brought the anglers to shore in a boat. A sheriff's department release didn't say how far the ice had drifted.
The anglers were identified as 48-year-old Dean Hunhoff and 35-year-old Kenton Taylor of Cheyenne, Bryan Cowhan and John Henley, both 36, of Brighton, Colo., 35-year-old Brian Gross of Westminster, Colo., and 34-year-old William Torres of Thornton, Colo.
Jail suicide investigated
CODY -- Authorities in Park County say a jail inmate in Cody apparently has committed suicide.
Sheriff's officials say guards found 58-year-old James Floyd Stewart Jr., of Powell, unconscious in his cell just before midnight Friday. Stewart was pronounced dead at a hospital at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Authorities say Stewart was found on the floor of his cell with one end of his trousers wrapped around his neck and the other around a railing near the toilet. They say the railing is about 3 feet off the floor.
Stewart had been arrested Tuesday. Circuit Court officials say Stewart was charged with felony burglary. His preliminary hearing was set for this Wednesday and he hadn't entered a plea yet.
The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating.
State drops on 'well being' index
CHEYENNE -- A national survey says Wyoming residents don't think they're doing as well as last year.
Wyoming's well-being ranking dropped from 13th in the nation to 34th in this year's Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
Wyomingites surveyed had relatively good overall emotional and behavioral health and reported adequate access to necessities like food, shelter and health care.
However, respondents gave low marks for physical health and work environment.
Wyoming's overall wellness score was 65.6, slightly lower than the national average of 66.2 percent.
Except for Idaho, surrounding states scored higher than the Cowboy State. North Dakota ranked first, South Dakota was fifth, Colorado ranked seventh and Utah placed 12th.
Antelope wintering on elk refuge
JACKSON -- Several pronghorn antelope that didn't migrate out of Jackson Hole last fall are toughing out winter on the National Elk Refuge.
Most of the 400 or so pronghorn in the Jackson Hole herd migrate south each fall to the Upper Green River Basin.
Staying behind in the valley's harsher winter climate can mean tough odds for survival.
Last fall, about 50 pronghorn didn't migrate and are eking out an existence on the National Elk Refuge. Refuge officials say they're apparently surviving OK so far.
Pronghorn tend to avoid eating the alfalfa pellets that refuge officials put out to help elk survive the winter.
A mild winter can help lingering pronghorn but only two of 88 that didn't migrate survived the winter of 1992-93.