Jun 10, 2014 The Associated Press

Reward offered in Sheridan fire case

SHERIDAN -- Authorities have announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever set fire to the Sheridan County Attorney's Office.

The fire was reported at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators have determined the fire was set deliberately.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Sheridan Police Department and Sheridan Fire-Rescue announced the award Saturday.

Police say anybody with information can call Sheridan police at 672-2431 or the ATF in Cheyenne at 633-9400. Callers may choose to remain anonymous if they wish.

Bear sighted in Saratoga

RAWLINS -- A black bear that wandered into Saratoga has disappeared before wildlife officers could respond.

The bear was spotted Sunday afternoon on the east side of North Platte River in Saratoga, south of Rawlins.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department was called, but the bear was gone when officers arrived.

Robin Kepple of Game and Fish says if the bear becomes a frequent visitor in Saratoga, officers might have to kill it to protect residents.

Kepple urged residents to keep discarded food, pet food and other edibles out of the reach of bears to avoid attracting them to town.

Mayor John Zeiger says wildlife officers trapped and removed a bear from Saratoga last year.

Water surge seeks to aid native trout

JACKSON -- Water managers have put a surge of water through Palisades Dam in eastern Idaho to give a boost to native cutthroat trout in the Snake River.

They say the surge should disrupt spawning by non-native rainbow trout. Rainbow trout compete with the native trout.

Flows from the dam were set to peak at 18,500 cubic feet per second on Sunday before being tapered back down again Monday.

Flows will be gradually reduced to around 13,000 cubic feet.

Officials say people should use caution on and near the cold, fast-moving water.

Slain officer remembered

ROCK SPRINGS -- A family friend and cousin say they remember a slain Las Vegas police officer as a devoted father who loved his job and enjoyed woodworking.

Alyn Beck was originally from Green River in western Wyoming. He and another officer were shot and killed Sunday by a couple who then shot another man before killing themselves at a Walmart store.

Beck was 41 and is survived by his wife and three children.

Family friend Ryan Dennett said Beck loved being a police officer and woodworking. He says Beck recently passed a test to be promoted to sergeant.

Mike Beck says his cousin was dedicated to his family and Mormon faith. He says Beck was a successful high school wrestler who enjoyed helping out at his uncle's ranch.

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