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Apr 1, 2014 - The Associated Press

Two more enter Sec-State campaign

(AP) -- Two former Wyoming legislators have announced they're running for Wyoming Secretary ofState.

Ed Buchanan, who represented Torrington, and Pete Illoway, who represented Cheyenne, entered the race Monday ro replace Max Maxfield, who is not seeking a third term.

Buchanan is Torrington lawyer and a former Wyoming House speaker who said he left because of a self-imposed term limit.

Illoway served seven terms in the House. He serves on the board of the Wyoming Business Council.

Two other Republicans announced earlier this month they would seek the seat after incumbent

Rep. Dan Zwonitzer of Cheyenne said he'll give up his legislative seat to run. Clark Stith, a former Sweetwater County Republican chairman, is also running.

Platte County GOP censures Mead

WHEATLAND (AP) -- The Platte County Republican Party has censured GOP Gov. Matt Mead for signing the law stripping power from the office of schools Superintendent Cindy Hill and not reversing the law after the Wyoming Supreme Court struck it down.

Delegates to the county party's convention voted 36-1 on Saturday to adopt the resolution, which also criticizes Mead for supporting national Common Core educational standards.

In a written statement, Mead said Monday that Platte County was Hill's "home country" and the delegates at the convention were clearly her supporters.

Mead says the timing of the resolution is odd since it comes shortly after an audit critical of Hill.

He also says the state spends a lot of money on education and officials want to be sure taxpayers are getting their money's worth.

Skier dies after fall at Jackson resort

TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. (AP) -- A skier is dead after hitting a tree at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

The resort said the 31-year-old man suffered "significant trauma" while skiing in an area called the Parachutes on Monday. Spokeswoman Anna Cole says the man hit a tree and then fell, landing about 40 feet below the tree.

The death is being investigated by the Teton County sheriff and the resort's ski patrol. The man's name hasn't been released yet.

Jonah Field to be sold

PINEDALE (AP) -- Encana Corp. announced Monday that it has reached a deal to sell Wyoming's Jonah field to an affiliate of TPG Capital, a global private investment firm, for $1.8 billion.

Encana has cut jobs, slashed its dividend and closed an office in a bid to become more efficient. Ultimately, it plans to spin off a portion of its Alberta assets into a new public company.

TPG expects to keep employees working in the Jonah field, one of the nation's largest natural gas fields, as well as an office near Pinedale. It also plans to open an office in Denver in relation to the deal.

The deal includes a productive area of about 24,000 acres and over 1,500 active wells, as well as more than 100,000 undeveloped acres adjacent to Jonah.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.

Jonah Field to be sold

PINEDALE (AP) -- Encana Corp. announced Monday that it has reached a deal to sell Wyoming's Jonah field to an affiliate of TPG Capital, a global private investment firm, for $1.8 billion.

Encana has cut jobs, slashed its dividend and closed an office in a bid to become more efficient. Ultimately, it plans to spin off a portion of its Alberta assets into a new public company.

TPG expects to keep employees working in the Jonah field, one of the nation's largest natural gas fields, as well as an office near Pinedale. It also plans to open an office in Denver in relation to the deal.

The deal includes a productive area of about 24,000 acres and over 1,500 active wells, as well as more than 100,000 undeveloped acres adjacent to Jonah.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.

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