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May 1, 2012 - The Associated Press

Body found in Flaming Gorge

ROCK SPRINGS -- The body of a man missing in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir for 15 years may have been found.

Forty-three-year-old Richard Herren apparently fell into the reservoir while fishing with his wife and another man on May 4, 1997. Volunteers returned to the scene on Saturday and found a body using the latest technology and assistance from his wife.

Mary Herren identified the approximate spot where her husband disappeared from their boat; No one saw him fall out at the time. Side-scan sonar and cadaver dogs then helped the searchers locate the body 130 feet below the water's surface.

They were able to view the site using an underwater remote operated vehicle but additional planning will have to be done before the body can be recovered.

Grant targets school performance

CHEYENNE -- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says Wyoming will receive $1.1 million to turn around its persistently lowest-achieving schools.

The money comes from the Education Department's School Improvement Grants program. The funds are part of $535 million provided through the fiscal 2011 budget and made available to states through the program.

Schools that apply for part of the grant money would have to implement one of four models for improving schools, whether it's through replacing the principal and much of the staff; reopening as a charter school; closing the school and sending students to higher-achieving schools; or replacing the school and reforming the curriculum.

Rawlins police chief to work for Mead

RAWLINS -- The Rawlins police chief is stepping down to become a senior policy adviser to Gov. Matt Mead.

Mike Reed will leave his post May 15 after nearly 25 years in the Rawlins Police Department. He's been chief since 2001.

The 55-year-old will work as an adviser on impaired driving issues. Reed is originally from Wichita, Kan. He'll do a lot of traveling in his new job but plans to keep a home in Rawlins.

Ranges opening for springtime

JACKSON -- Outdoor enthusiasts in western Wyoming will have more opportunities to get outside now that many of the winter ranges that are closed to protect wildlife are reopening for the year.

Several closures ended Tuesday. Among them is the seasonal prohibition on antler hunting on public land west of the Continental Divide.

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