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Jun 13, 2012 - The Associated Press
Body recovered from reservoir
ROCK SPRINGS -- Sheriff's officials say a recovery team has retrieved what is believed to be the remains of a man who drowned in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir 15 years ago.
Forty-three-year-old Richard D. Herren of Green River fell out of a boat while fishing with his wife and a family friend on May 4, 1997. Rough conditions kept searchers from finding him.
But this past April, a team using sonar and cadaver dogs found a body at a depth of 130 feet.
On Tuesday, a recovery team retrieved the body.
The Sweetwater County coroner says a routine autopsy is scheduled Wednesday in Loveland, Colo.
Rawlins reservoir to get new lining
RAWLINS -- A reservoir that supplies water to the city of Rawlins is getting a new lining to help reduce leakage that has occurred since the reservoir was built in the late 1970s.
City officials have estimated the Atlantic Rim Reservoir loses 150,000 gallons of water a day.
The reservoir has been drained while workers install the lining.
The project should be done by mid-July, at which point the reservoir will be refilled with water from the North Platte River.
Water treatment superintendent Danny Rodriguez says sediment will be given time to settle to the bottom before the city uses the water.
NW College mulls project
POWELL -- Plans for a county sales tax for infrastructure needs in November are prompting Northwest College officials to consider other funding options to complete a building project.
The Wyoming Legislature in March approved $9.4 million in state funding for the college to build the planned Yellowstone Academic Workforce Training Building. But the college must raise another $4.9 million as its share of the project.
Northwest College President Paul Prestwich said many options have been discussed if the sales tax plan fails.
But he says it will be a few weeks before college leaders are ready to make any recommendation to the college Board of Trustees on how to raise the local match.
Helicopter sent to Colorado fire
CHEYENNE -- A Wyoming National Guard helicopter is being sent to Colorado to help fight a wildfire there.
Gov. Matt Mead's office says the state of Colorado asked for a Wyoming Guard Black Hawk helicopter and its four crew members to help in the fight against a fire west of Fort Collins.
The state of Colorado will pay the cost of using the helicopter.
Mead says he's pleased to help out a neighbor facing a serious fire.
Three of the Wyoming Guard's Black Hawks proved effective in helping fight the Guernsey State Park wildfire in southeast Wyoming on Monday. The fire in the state park went from 20 percent contained on Monday to 80 percent contained on Tuesday.