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Jul 20, 2012 - The Associated Press

Fire restrictions in Bighorn Forest

SHERIDAN -- Fire restrictions remain in effect on the Bighorn National Forest.

Fires are restricted to designated campgrounds and picnic grounds.

People using chain saws on the forest are required to carry a firefighting tool such as a shovel. Saws must have approved spark arresters installed.

Violations of the fire restrictions may in fines up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization.

Entrepreneur McMurry dies

CASPER -- A Casper businessman who helped build Wyoming's highway system and helped develop one of the state's most significant natural gas fields has died.

Family friends and a funeral home say Neil McMurry died Thursday morning at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper at the age of 88.

Funeral services are pending.

McMurry was born in Colorado but spent nearly his entire life in Casper.

He served in World War II as a gunner on a bomber before becoming one of the state's most successful contractors. Along with his partners, he also played an instrumental role in natural gas development in the Jonah Field and the Pinedale Anticline in southwest Wyoming.

McMurry donated millions to education and other philanthropic causes.

He was the father of oil and gas multi-millionaire Mick McMurry, also of Casper.

Cart wrecks at NHSFR

ROCK SPRINGS -- Two boys have been arrested and a girl injured after a golf cart they were riding in crashed into a parked pickup truck at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell says the incident occurred about 2 a.m. Thursday and resulted in a 16-year-old girl suffering a broken leg.

Haskell says the girl was a passenger in the golf cart driven by a 17-year-old boy. Haskell says the girl was taken to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County where she was in excellent condition.

The driver was arrested and charged with DUI and reckless driving. Another 17-year-old boy in the golf cart also was arrested and charged with minor in possession of alcohol.

Those involved were not identified because they are juveniles.

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