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May 8, 2012 - The Associated Press
Man killed in ATV wreck
SODA SPRINGS, Idaho -- Officials in southwestern Wyoming say a 49-year-old Wyoming man died of injuries suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Caribou County, Idaho over the weekend.
Lincoln County Coroner Mike Richins said Don Lampe of Buford suffered a severe crushing injury to the chest after he was thrown from the ATV Saturday afternoon and it landed on top of him.
Lampe was riding in Crow Canyon with his son, who called for help at around 5 p.m. Saturday. Lampe was declared dead on arrival at the Star Valley Medical Center in Afton at 8:53 p.m.
New Yellowstone atlas finished
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- It took nine years, about 100 experts and 30 cartographers to complete, but a University of Oregon-led project to create an atlas of Yellowstone National Park is done.
The Atlas of Yellowstone, published by the University of California Press, was first envisioned nine years ago as a class project in the university's geography department.
The book has about 800 maps and graphics covering topics including archaeology, evidence of climate change, vegetation, bison movement, art, the economy and vegetation in the region, including both Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Collaborators included Yellowstone National Park, the University of Wyoming, Montana State University and area museums. Funding partners included the universities, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and Canon U.S.A.
Fire prompts staffing review
SHERIDAN -- A fatal fire in the mountain community of Story has raised questions about whether there are enough firefighters there.
Firefighters found the body of 68-year-old Robert Wing on April 28 inside his home. Authorities believe he died of smoke inhalation.
T the chief of the Story Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department says eight of its nine firefighters responded and brought the fire under control within about 15 minutes. However, chief Mike Onstott said he asked for help searching the home from the Sheridan Fire-Rescue department once its firefighters arrived.
He says the volunteer department needs help in cases like that since searching buildings is so labor intensive and firefighters must take frequent breaks. He says he wishes he had 15 or more volunteer firefighters.
20-day sentence for hit-and-run
CASPER -- A Casper man will serve 20 days in jail for a hit-and-run accident with a bicyclist.
David Scott Miller admitted hitting the bicyclist on Friday but he told a judge on Monday that he left after the cyclist stood up and made an obscene gesture at him. Natrona County Circuit Judge Steven Brown wasn't swayed by the explanation.
An off-duty Evansville police officer followed Miller's car after he left the scene.
The cyclist suffered a twisted ankle.
There have been several crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists this spring, two of them fatal.
Last week, a Fremont County man was sentenced to 3 to 7 years in prison for a fatal collision with a bicyclist last August in Riverton.
Whooping cough vaccinations advised
CHEYENNE -- Wyoming's state health officer is urging people who spend time around babies to get vaccinated against whooping cough.
The Wyoming Department of Health reports that Montana is experiencing local outbreaks of whooping cough. Washington State recently declared an epidemic, with more than 1,100 cases reported this year.
Ten cases have been reported to the Wyoming Department of Health so far this year, up from a total of 13 in all of 2011 and 14 in 2010.
Dr. Wendy Braund is Wyoming's state health officer. She says that the increase in cases in other states should remind Wyoming residents about the importance of getting vaccinated.