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Dec 6, 2012 - The Associated Press

Movie crew films in Wyoming

GILLETTE -- The production team for a new feature by Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne is shooting some footage in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Film Office says the team for the movie "Nebraska" filmed earlier this week from the Montana border down to The Lake Stop resort north of Buffalo, and more is scheduled to be shot Thursday from Gillette to the South Dakota border.

Payne's Oscar was for directing "The Descendants."

"Nebraska" tells the tale of a father-and-son road trip from Montana to Nebraska.

State might joint mine lawsuit

Gov. Matt Mead wants the state to get involved in a lawsuit contesting federal approval of the Lost Creek uranium mine.

At Mead's request, this week the state attorney general filed a motion seeking to intervene in the lawsuit brought by the Laramie-based Biodiversity Conservation Alliance last month.

In a statement Wednesday, Mead said he wants to protect Wyoming's interests in the project.

He said the mine would provide energy to the nation, jobs and tax revenue.

The alliance claims the U.S. Bureau of Land Management failed to take a hard look at how the mine would affect species including sage grouse. It wants a review of the approval.

The company behind the project, Denver-based Ur-Energy Inc., wants to be involved in the review.

Campbell Co. OKs airline subsidy

GILLETTE -- Campbell County commissioners have signed off on a $1.7 million deal to keep SkyWest Airlines flying between Gillette, Wyo., and Salt Lake City.

In the last fiscal year, about $1.5 million was made available to SkyWest to subsidize its service between the cities, with Wyoming providing about 65 percent of that amount. This year, the county will provide about $579,000, with the state providing about $1.1 million.

he subsidy helps to ensure SkyWest will have a 5 percent profit margin after expenses for its flights between Campbell County and Utah.

SkyWest averages 15 to 16 passengers on its 30-seat Brasilia aircraft. If more passengers buy tickets, the county and the state could end up paying less on the subsidy.

Jail inmate dies in Casper

CASPER -- An inmate at the Natrona County jail has died after being found unconscious in his cell.

Roger Dale Carter, 47, of Casper, died after being taken to a hospital after officials found him Tuesday morning.

Sheriff's Lt. Gus Holbrook says there is no indication of foul play. Authorities say there was no indication Carter was having any problems when he ate breakfast less than an hour before he was found unresponsive.

Carter had been serving a 19-day sentence that began Sunday for failing to comply and pay fines following an earlier drug possession conviction.

Sleigh rides start Dec. 17 at refuge

JACKSON -- Seasonal sleigh rides at the National Elk Refuge near Jackson start on Mon., Dec. 17 and will continue daily except for Christmas Day.

The refuge says the rides offer the public are an exciting way to observe and photograph wildlife on the refuge. Passengers see elk and also often see coyotes, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, ravens, magpies and other wildlife.

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