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Aug 14, 2012 - The Associated Press

Wreck kills two near Lusk

LUSK -- A South Dakota man and a woman from Georgia are dead after a head-on collision in eastern Wyoming.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said 66-year-old Sandra Frazier's Dodge Caravan crossed over into oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 85 about 27 miles north of Lusk on Sunday. The Dodge hit a Gulf Stream motorhome carrying the Henriksen family form Rapid City, South Dakota. Sixty-seven-year-old Alan C. Henriksen died at the scene.

Frazier also was killed. Her husband survived the wreck as did Henriksen's wife.

Troopers don't know yet why Frazier, of Columbus, Georgia, crossed into oncoming traffic. The crash happened on a straight and level section of the highway and the weather was fair.

Sweat lodge to go forward

CASPER -- A fire ban in Natrona County will not stop a weekly Native American spiritual ceremony.

Participants in the ceremony and county officials worked out a solution that allows fire to be a part of the services by stationing a county-owned fire truck beside the sweat lodge where the ceremony is held each Sunday.

The sweat lodge is located at Steve Weber's home near Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park east of Casper.

Firefighters responded to a report of smoke at Weber's property recently and found a group participating in the American Indian spiritual ceremony.

Weber says fire is a necessary part of the religious ceremony.

Weber said he's thankful that a quick solution was found.

Corra to leave DEQ post

CHEYENNE -- John Corra is retiring as head of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality after serving for nearly 10 years.

Gov. Matt Mead announced Monday that Corra will retire in October from the post he's held since March 2003.

Mead says DEQ has established a reputation for reasonable regulation and a professional approach under Corra's leadership.

Corra says it's been an honor for him to serve in the post for two Wyoming governors.

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