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Nov 23, 2012 - The Associated Press

Bail set in tow-truck driver's death

GILLETTE -- A judge has set bail at $150,000 for a Gillette man charged with driving a pickup that struck and killed a tow-truck operator.

28-year-old Justin Lynn Helsper of Gillette appeared in court Tuesday.

He faces a felony charge of aggravated vehicular homicide and misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, speeding and failure to maintain a single lane of travel.

He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanors but cannot enter a plea to the felony until another stage of the court case.

Another hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 65-year-old Larry G. Schofield of Gillette was struck and killed on Interstate 90 Sunday.

He was outside his tow truck recovering another vehicle damaged in a collision with a deer.

Ski areas start to open this weekend

JACKSON -- Despite one of the warmest Novembers on record, two Jackson Hole ski areas will open their new season as planned this weekend.

Grand Targhee Resort will have three of its five lifts open on Friday. The Alta ski area says it has received 73 inches of snow since the middle of October.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will open on Saturday, its earliest opening ever. The resort reports 56 inches so far this season.

Snow King Mountain Ski Area plans to open Dec. 10.

A National Weather Service says temperatures this month in Jackson Hole have been the fifth warmest on record so far.

The average temperature so far this month has been 44.2 degrees.

Pinedale advisory group to disband

JACKSON -- A group that helped oversee development of natural gas fields in the Pinedale area of western Wyoming has disbanded.

For the last decade the Pinedale Anticline Working Group gave citizens and others a voice in monitoring and making recommendations to the Bureau of Land Management about development of the Pinedale Anticline gas field.

The 10-member group voted to dissolve during an October meeting after it failed to attract enough nominations to fill coming vacancies.

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