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Jul 15, 2014 - The Associated Press
Basin officer shoots man
BASIN -- Police in Basin say an officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at him.
The officer had gone to a residence just after 2 p.m. Sunday to investigate a traffic complaint. A police department release says when the officer arrived, a 55-year-old man pointed a firearm at him.
The officer then shot the man and killed him.
Basin police say the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating. Police Chief Chris Kampbell says the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave and that is standard procedure in such cases.
Police declined to identify either the officer or man shot.
Basin is a north-central Wyoming town of about 1,300. The town has four police officers, including the police chief.
Officials seek to stay in Capitol
CHEYENNE -- Two committees are discussing how to allow Wyoming's secretary of state, state auditor and state treasurer to keep offices in the state Capitol building in Cheyenne following renovation work.
State Treasurer Mark Gordon, Secretary of State Max Maxfield and Auditor Cynthia Cloud all say they want their offices to be in the Capitol. The governor's office also is in the Capitol, while the state superintendent of public instruction is in the nearby Hathaway Building.
Elected officials say they want to keep close to the action during the legislative session.
The Advisory Task Force on Capitol Building Rehabilitation and Restoration, and the Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group, plan to discuss the upcoming Capitol renovations this week.
The $259 million project is scheduled to begin next year.
Woman killed in raft wreck
MOOSE -- A rafting accident has killed a Jackson woman on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park.
Park officials say 63-year-old Donna Viehman was in a raft with five other people when the raft hit an obstruction and overturned Sunday evening.
Park officials say all six people fell into the water north of Moose Landing. Five of the boaters made it to a gravel bar in the middle of the river.
Viehman was washed downstream and eventually pulled from the river by bystanders. Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another raft came to the aid of the other five boaters and carried them to safety.
Park officials say they're investigating the accident. They say all six boaters were wearing floatation devices.
Two seek to host new C02 lab
CHEYENNE -- Two electric utilities say they're interested in hosting a proposed lab to test out carbon-capture technologies at a working power plant in Wyoming.
Gov. Matt Mead said Monday that those utilities are Bismarck, N.D.-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Rapid City, S.D.-based Black Hills Corp.
Both utilities operate coal-fired power plants in the Gillette area.