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May 10, 2012 - The Associated Press
Snow King offers plans for ski hill
JACKSON (AP) -- The owners of the Snow King Ski Resort in Jackson are proposing ambitious plans they say are need to keep the ski operation open.
The plans include installing zip lines, an alpine coaster and a bike park.
Snow King managing partner Manuel Lopez and co-owner Clarene Law say they hope to partner with local government and community groups to raise the money necessary to pay for projects.
They said Snow King needs new features to be profitable.
Town Planning Director Tyler Sinclair said the proposed recreational amenities likely would be allowed under the existing resort plan.
The ski area has been a significant feature of the town since skiers began hiking up the mountain in the 1920s.
Earthquake in Sublette County
CHEYENNE (AP) -- A small earthquake has been detected in Sublette County.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.5 magnitude earthquake Wednesday evening about eight miles southwest of the town of Bondurant in the northwest part of Sublette County.
That would put the earthquake epicenter around a remote area of the Wyoming Range.
A dispatcher at the Sublette County Sheriff's Office says the office had not received any calls about the earthquake.
Hospital building cancer center
ROCK SPRINGS (AP) -- Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County is building a new cancer center.
The three-story, 80,000-square-foot complex will be adjacent to the hospital and is scheduled to open in July 2013. The project will cost about $15 million.
Hospital CEO Jerry Klein said the facility is being built to ensure that the hospital offers as many quality services as possible to area residents so they don't have to go to Salt Lake City for care.
The center will double the current dialysis department of the hospital and will also include orthopedics, psychiatry and other treatment services.
Inmate overdosed on morphine
CASPER (AP) -- An inmate who died at the Natrona County jail in March committed suicide.
Thirty-two-year-old Larry Turner, Jr. was found dead March 24, a day after being booked into the jail for allegedly violating his bond.
Natrona County coroner Connie Jacobson told the Casper Star-Tribune that Turner intentionally overdosed on morphine and left a note explaining his intention. She said Turner probably took the morphine before entering jail. She said it's possible to die the day after taking an overdose of the drug.
Turner, an aspiring rapper, was set to stand trial for a car crash that killed a man in October. He faced a possible life sentence if convicted because of prior felony convictions.