Wyoming digest

Apr 14, 2014 The Associated Press

Inmate gave dope to others

GILLETTE -- A Gillette man faces four felony drug charges after he allegedly smuggled heroin into the Campbell County jail.

Authorities say Joseph Colvin is accused of delivery, possession and intent to deliver and taking heroin into jail.

Colvin was in jail after officers executed a search warrant March 12 on his home, where they say found some of the heroin.

According to the Gillette News Record, Colvin was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 21 on a charge related to those searches.

Authorities say they later found out about the heroin in the jail from an unidentified informant.

According to court documents, 14 of the inmates in the cell were given urine tests and five of those tested positive for opiates, including Colvin.

Forest plans spring burning

SHERIDAN -- Firefighters on the Bighorn National Forest plan to conduct prescribed burns over the next several weeks. The burns could begin as soon as mid-April and continue through late spring.

Forest officials say they plan to conduct burns on about 1,800 acres in the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District and about 1,500 acres in the Tongue Ranger District.

The Forest Service conducts prescribed burns each year to reduce fuel loading, improve habitat for wildlife, and increase range forage. It only conducts burns when weather conditions are favorable and before vegetation green-up occurs. Smoke may be visible from surrounding communities.

No change in state rig count

HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 13 this week to 1,831.

The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,517 rigs were exploring for oil and 310 for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,771 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained nine rigs, Texas increased by seven, California gained three and New Mexico increased by one.

Ohio lost four and Alaska, Arkansas and Oklahoma fell one apiece.

Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

Science standards to be reviewed

The Wyoming Board of Education has decided that proposed new K-12 science standards need more review.

The board on Friday instructed the state Department of Education to conduct further review of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Jim Verley is the science content specialist who led a review of the standards last year.

He said it's unclear what the board's action means for the state's science standards.

The Wyoming Legislature earlier this year prohibited the board from spending any money to review or adopt the Next Generation Science Standards starting July 1.

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