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Oct 5, 2012 - The Associated Press

14 workplace deaths so far

A state official says 14 workers have died in Wyoming so far this year.

State workplace epidemiologist Mack Sewell says four each died in agriculture and transportation, three died in oil and gas industry-related incidents, two in construction and one in general industry.

He says of the four killed in the transportation field, one had a blood-alcohol level double the legal limit and two weren't wearing safety restraints.

If the trend holds steady for the next few months, this year's fatalities will likely fall under the 29 workers killed on the job in 2011.

Sewell presented the numbers at the fourth annual safety summit in Casper, hosted by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Industry Safety Alliance.

Wyoming has one of the worst workplace death rates in the nation.

Dog sled race expands

JACKSON -- The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race is including parts of Montana, Idaho and Utah on its course this year, in addition to running through Wyoming.

Frank Teasley helped start the race in 1996 to showcase the state of Wyoming and make sled dog racing more accessible to the public.

Teasley said Thursday that the 2013 race will start in Jackson Hole and include stops in Montana and Idaho. The racers also will briefly dip down into Utah before finishing back in southwest Wyoming, in Uinta County. The race is scheduled for Jan. 25 to Feb. 2.

Deer poaching leads sought

CASPER -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information about a mule deer poaching in the Casper area.

The agency says a mule deer buck was shot off Casper Mountain Road/Circle Drive on Sept. 29 near where the pavement ends on the south side of the mountain. The location is in an area closed to hunting.

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