May 16, 2014 The Associated Press

Wrecked bus was on cruise control

GILLETTE -- Troopers investigating an accident where a bus crashed into a car, triggering an eight-vehicle pileup that killed three people, say the bus may have been on cruise control when the accident occurred.

Authorities say three men from Gillette were killed in the crash. They were identified as Colin Schultz, 37, Christopher Joubert, 40, and Charles Errington, 55.

According to the Gillette News Record, three other people were injured in the crash on Wednesday on Wyoming Highway 59 about 10 miles south of Gillette in a construction zone.

The bus was carrying about a dozen coal-mine workers. The Wyoming Highway Patrol says no one on the bus required hospital treatment.

The accident is still under investigation.

Wardens want tougher penalties

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming game wardens are pushing state lawmakers to increase the penalties for sale of illegally taken wildlife and other game violations.

Daniel Beach of the wardens' association says Wyoming should make it a felony to sell wildlife that's been taken illegally. There's already a federal law making it a felony to trade in poached wildlife across state lines.

The Legislature's Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee earlier this month directed legislative staffers to draw up a bill for consideration.

Bob Wharff of the Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife group says his members would support higher penalties for illegal trade in wildlife. But Wharff says the illegal outfitting portion of the bill must not target Wyoming residents who take out-of-state friends and relatives hunting in the state.

Regional 'warrior' contest next week

RAPID CITY, S.D. -- Sixteen National Guard soldiers from Wyoming and seven other states are taking part next week in a competition in the Black Hills of western South Dakota.

The Region 6 Best Warrior Competition will include two soldiers each from South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Male and female soldiers will compete in various events designed to challenge their skills and toughness.

Events Monday through Wednesday will include written exams, battle drills, shooting tests, land navigation, an obstacle course, a 6-mile road march and a physical fitness test.

Winners of the region's soldier and non-commissioned officers of the year will advance to national competition at Camp Robinson in Little Rock, Ark., in July.

Oil/gas commissioner named

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has named Mark Watson as permanent commission supervisor.

Watson has been interim head of the agency since the end of March.

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