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Jul 11, 2012 - The Associated Press
Pilot survives plane crash
CHEYENNE -- A small plane has crashed near Cheyenne.
The plane went down around 7:30 Tuesday morning about 13 miles west of town. Only the pilot was on board.
Lew Simpson, spokesman for Laramie County Fire District No. 2, says paramedics arrived to find the pilot walking around at the crash site.
Laramie County sheriff's officials identified the pilot as 38-year-old Michael Childress, of Nortonville, Kan. Sheriff's officials say he had burns to his upper body and was life-flighted to a burn center in Greeley, Colo.
The plane was totally destroyed. It was a Cessna 188 contracted by Laramie County for mosquito control. The plane severed at least one power line as it crashed, leaving about 400 people without electricity.
Wild horse roundup set
POWELL -- A roundup of wild horses in the Pryor Mountains of northern Wyoming may begin as early as next week.
The last horse gather from the area occurred in 2009, when 57 horses were removed.
The Bureau of Land Management is planning to gather around 40 mustangs this year to keep the population at the appropriate management level of 90-120 horses.
BLM spokeswoman Kristen Lenhardt said there are about 175 adult horses in the 38,000 acre range.
The bureau is targeting 1- to 3-year-old horses and plans to trap horses in special pens.
The BLM will offer the captured horses for adoption.
Vehicle hits cart pulled by horse
CASPER -- At least one person involved in a crash between an SUV and a horse-drawn wagon in Casper has been hospitalized.
Three people were injured Tuesday after the SUV collided with the wagon on West Yellowstone Highway. The wagon had taken part in the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo Parade.
Police chief Chris Walsh said one woman injured was in the intensive care unit. The conditions of the other two people weren't known.
Witness Jen Ford says the wagon and horses were thrown through the air. The impact pushed the wagon into a second wagon.
Morris Carter, owner of the two horses, says one was euthanized at the scene and the other was euthanized at a treatment center because of neurological trauma.