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Nov 29, 2012 - The Associated Press

Deer comment to be extended

PINEDALE -- The public is getting more time to comment on a plan to improve habitat in the Sublette Mule Deer Herd Unit.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are extending the deadline for public comments from Nov. 30 to Dec. 14 on their proposal for improving habitat in the unit.

Plans call for removing invasive plant species and otherwise improving forage for deer in the area near Pinedale.

Eric Decker is coordinator of the BLM's Pinedale Anticline Project Office. He says public interest in the proposal is high and says extending the comment period will give the agencies the best information on how to make their work successful.

Shots fired at apartment house

CHEYENNE -- Authorities say a Cheyenne man faces felony charges because he is suspected of firing shots at an apartment complex over an argument about $60.

27-year-old Larry A. Turner is charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault.

Authorities say the shooting happened Sunday night and that eight shots were fired. No one was injured.

Turner told investigators someone at the apartment complex owed him $60. Turner told investigators a friend was the one who fired the shots, but detectives have questioned his story.

Turner made a court appearance Wednesday and is being held at the Laramie County jail on $50,000 bail. He's due in court again Dec. 6.

Man sentenced in cemetery shooting

CASPER -- A man accused of a shooting at a Casper cemetery will spend six months in jail.

A Natrona County District Court judge sentenced John Guy Carlton this week for the April shooting in which Jason Michael Johnson was wounded.

Authorities say Carlton confronted Johnson at the Highland Cemetery because Johnson was allegedly trying to sell methamphetamine to the son of Carlton's girlfriend.

Carlton told authorities that the gun went off when Johnson tried to grab it. Carlton initially told detectives that the gun fired when he hit Johnson with it.

Hospital seeing profitable year

RAWLINS -- Memorial Hospital's CEO says the Carbon County facility has reached its year-end profit goal in the first four months of the fiscal year.

CEO Ned Hill announced this week that the hospital's total income for 2012-2013 is $539,988. That the hospital's goal was $501,009.

The hospital was in the hole nearly $1 million last year at about the same time.

Hill estimates the hospital could double or triple its profit goal if this year's trend continues.

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