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May 1, 2014 - The Associated Press

Gas plant partially operating again

OPAL -- A Wyoming natural gas processing plant is operating at about 40 percent of its typical seasonal level just over a week after an explosion and fire.

Williams Partners said Thursday that two of five cryogenic processing units at its plant near the town of Opal are running just over a week after the explosion was apparently triggered by a release of natural gas. The fire burned out after five days.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company said damage from the April 23 explosion largely was limited to a small part of one unit. Two other units remain offline, including one that was idled before the fire.

Operators avoided disruption by diverting gas through other plants in southwest Wyoming.

Yellowstone to open Friday

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Visitors will be able to travel through the east, west and north entrances to Yellowstone National Park on Friday.

Park officials say many popular park destinations including Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin and Fishing Bridge will be open.

Entrances to Grant Village, West Thumb Junction and Craig Pass to Old Faithful are set to open May 9 if weather cooperates.

Visitor services will be very limited during the next few weeks.

Mine re-hiring laid-off workers

SHERIDAN -- Decker Coal Mine has restored the majority of jobs cut during layoffs last year.

General Manager Stephen Ketcham says the mine cut 59 workers more than a year ago, and of those, 32 have been hired back.

The other 27 were offered their jobs back, but they chose to take work elsewhere.

Ketcham says the mine has filled eight new positions in the past few weeks in order to meet production demands.

The mine is located about 35 miles northeast of Sheridan.

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