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Jul 15, 2012 - The Associated Press
Man sentenced for fatal crash
CASPER -- A man involved in a crash that killed a teenager standing on a downtown Casper sidewalk has been sentenced to 10 to 13 years in prison.
Scott Coleman was sentenced Thursday for the May 3, 2011, death of 18-year-old Jeremy Webb. Coleman previously pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Authorities say Webb was hit and dragged by Coleman's pickup, which then crashed into a nearby building. A state trooper tried stopping Coleman before the crash, but authorities say he told them he thought he was getting a police escort.
Coleman also was sentenced to two to four years in prison for property destruction, running concurrent with his other sentence.
Firefighters attack lightning fire
CHEYENNE -- Firefighters aided by aircraft immediately attacked the first lightning-caused fire in Yellowstone National Park this season, but a park spokesman said Friday there's been no talk of suppressing every blaze.
"Our bottom line has always been if we believe that there is a threat to people and property, our goal is to protect people and property," spokesman Al Nash said. "But not every fire in Yellowstone poses a threat."
The fire was reported Thursday near the park's northern border in northwest Wyoming. Initially reported at 5 acres, the fire grew to 29 acres by Friday afternoon. No tourist attractions or activities were being affected, Nash said.
Nash said the decision was made to immediately suppress the fire because of the dry conditions in the area, the fire's location about a mile from Grand Loop Road and the forecast for more dry, windy weather.
Nash said Yellowstone has not altered its policy of reviewing each lightning-caused fire on whether to attack it or let it burn. The park suppresses all human-caused fires, and the park has extinguished four human-caused fires this season.
Slide area to be rebuilt
RIVERSIDE -- Work is about to begin on a new section of a state highway that was destroyed by a landslide in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
A snowmobiler discovered the damage to Wyoming Highway 70 in late May of last year. The slide damaged 600 feet of the roadway between Baggs and Riverside.
Workers completed a temporary detour around the slide zone last July.
Now, the Wyoming Department of Transportation is preparing to reroute the highway several hundred feet uphill. Geologists say that area has better ground stability.
WyDOT says the new road will be graded this year and paved next year. The mile-long section of road will cost $2.8 million.
UW bulletin highlights ag research
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station's Field Days Bulletin is in its second year of publication.
The bulletin covers research into beef cattle, sheep, traditional and alternative farm crops and specialty crops, including vegetables, turf grass variety trials and weed control.
Director Bret Hess says the bulletin seeks to document and make publicly available the content of research and other activities conducted by the experiment station as well as at the four University of Wyoming research and extension centers.
It also provides a forum for researchers and educators affiliated with the experiment station to publish results of their activities and to introduce new projects.
The publication is available on the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station's website.