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Nov 20, 2012 - The Associated Press

Lubnau to be speaker of the House

GILLETTE -- Gillette Rep. Tom Lubnau, II, will be the next speaker of the House.

A majority of 52 Republican representatives who met in Casper Saturday picked Lubnau in a straw poll. The non-binding poll becomes official when the new Wyoming Legislature officially votes for Lubnau after members are sworn in Jan. 8.

Lubnau is an attorney who has been in the House for seven years. He previously served as speaker pro tem and as the majority floor leader.

He will hold the new position for the next two years.

Lubnau is the first representative from Campbell County to hold the highest ranking position in the House since Cliff Davis did 40 years ago.

Barrasso keeps leadership post

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso has been re-elected chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

He has served as policy chairman since January 2012. It's the No. 5 position in the GOP Senate leadership.

Missing pilot identified

PINEDALE -- Officials have identified the pilot of a small plane that went missing Saturday over rugged terrain in western Wyoming.

The Sublette County Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Myles McGinnis of LaBarge was the only occupant of the Cessna 182 that left Stevensville, Mont., on Saturday. The plane was bound for Pinedale but disappeared from radar between Jackson and Bondurant.

Public Information Officer Steve Smith of the sheriff's office says two search planes and a helicopter were searching for the McGinnis plane on Tuesday. Temporary flight restrictions are in place over the search area.

More searchers on the ground are traveling by foot and by snow machine. Nearly two feet of new snow has fallen in the search area since Saturday afternoon.

Food storage order extended

JACKSON -- The Bridger-Teton National Forest is extending its order requiring people to store food so that bears can't get into it.

The food storage order had been scheduled to expire on Dec. 1, but Forest Supervisor Jacque Buchanan has extended it to protect humans and bears.

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