May 25, 2012 The Associated Press

Deaths called murder-suicide

CASPER -- Police have confirmed that a Casper man fatally shot his wife with a .38-caliber revolver before killing himself.

Police found signs of alcohol consumption at the scene and that the couple had a history of domestic violence.

Sixty-year-old Walt McMillin and 55-year-old Jodi McMillin were found dead on May 17. Both had gunshot wounds and police said at the time it appeared to be a murder-suicide.

Officers found the bodies after the Salvation Army told police that Walt McMillin did not show up for work at the agency.

Police believe the shooting took place late May 15.

Historic inn to focus on debt first

SHERIDAN -- The board that operates the Historic

Sheridan Inn plans to focus on paying down a $1.4 million debt rather than fundraising to finish renovations at the Sheridan landmark.

Sheridan Heritage Center board President Jacob Brooks says the future of the inn is still a little uncertain.

The bank holding the loan has agreed to lower interest payments through the end of the year. But, if payments cannot be made following the first of the year, there is still the potential the inn could be foreclosed.

Ideally, Brooks said, pledges would be received to cover both the loan repayment and renovations.

It will cost about $2 million to complete renovation of the inn.

The board has pledges of $755,300 so far.

Environmentalists might buy gas land

CASPER -- Opponents of natural gas drilling in the Wyoming Range want to buy an energy company's drilling leases, but both sides appear to be waiting for the other to make the first move.

Plains Exploration and Production of Houston says it will consider offers but hasn't received any.

Citizens for the Wyoming Range says the company needs to set a price so the group can determine whether it can raise the money.

The company owns leases in the Noble Basin area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The company has said it wants to drill as many as 136 wells from 17 well pads.

The sites are in an area considered prime habitat for moose, elk and mule deer at the headwaters of trout streams.

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