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Sep 20, 2012 - The Associated Press

Man killed in crash with school bus

AFTON -- An Afton man who was riding a dirt bike with no lights is dead after being hit by a school bus carrying football players from Evanston.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said 36-year-old Troy Turner was hit Tuesday night near Afton. The crash was reported just 11 minutes after someone reported that two dirt bikes were traveling through town with no lights.

The driver of the school bus told troopers that she didn't see Turner in time to stop and rear-ended his motorcycle. The bike was caught under the bus and Turner was ejected. No one on the bus was injured.

The bus was carrying 22 students and three coaches home from a freshman football game. They had to wait for another bus to take them back home.

Casper gets flights to Phoenix

CASPER -- Allegiant Air says it plans to add twice-weekly direct flights from Casper to Phoenix in December.

The flights between the Casper/Natrona County International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will start Dec. 20. Keith Hansen of Allegiant says the flights initially will be offered on Sundays and Thursdays.

The airline will use MD-80 aircraft on the route. The planes can carry 166 passengers.

Many new wells on drawing board

GILLETTE -- Hundreds of oil and gas wells could be drilled in the months ahead in an area spanning Converse County and part of Niobrara County.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently completed environmental studies for potential drilling in that area.

As many as 444 new oil and gas wells could be drilled.

Joe Meyer, manager of the Casper BLM Field Office, says about 20 companies have applied to drill in the area. The companies include Chesapeake, EOG and Samson Oil and Gas.

Meyer says interest in drilling in northern Converse County has picked up since last year.

Beaver dam might cause road flood

MOOSE -- Some beavers are threatening to flood a road in Grand Teton National Park.

The Moose-Wilson Road will be closed from 2 p.m. Monday until 8 a.m. Tuesday while park workers try once more to fix the problem without disturbing the animals.

The beaver family recently built a dam in a wetlands area along the road. The resulting pond now threatens to flood the road.

Last month, park workers installed a system of perforated pipes to try to slightly lower the level of the beaver pond. But the beavers were crafty. They plugged the pipes with mud.

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