Jan 11, 2013 The Associated Press

Two teens killed in pickup wreck

YODER -- Two teen girls from Scottsbluff, Neb. are dead after a crash just over the Wyoming border.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol identified the victims as 18-year-old Alexis B. Wheeler and 19-year-old Hallie J. Anderson.

They were among six people riding in a Sierra pickup that crashed just before midnight Wednesday on Wyoming Highway 92, one mile west of the Nebraska state line.

The patrol said the 22-year-old driver, Ethan Kaufman of Cheyenne, was trying to negotiate a slight left hand curve when the pickup drifted off the right side of the highway and went into a drainage ditch. It collided with a driveway and flipped end-over-end.

Investigators are looking at whether speeding and alcohol use played a role in the crash.

Stage Stop race plans finalized

JACKSON -- The largest sled dog race in the lower 48 states this year will feature 23 teams carried along by a total of some 368 dogs.

The 2013 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race is scheduled to begin at the Jackson Town Square on Jan. 25.

New for this year will be a side-by-side start. That means two teams at a time will jockey for position as they race down a street on their way out of town.

The nine-day race will cover parts of four states -- Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Montana -- before wrapping up with an awards banquet in Evanston on Feb. 2.

The Stage Stop race includes a route through Fremont County and a stop in Lander. It has become the largest dog sled race in the continental United States.

Litter leads to poaching charges

PINEDALE -- Wyoming Game and Fish Department investigators have charged two men with poaching deer after linking trash found at the scene of the crime to them.

The two buck deer were found on winter range near Big Sandy in southwest Wyoming last month.

Pinedale warden Jordan Kraft was able to trace a discarded energy drink and chewing tobacco can to two suspects. Kraft then found missing parts of the poached deer and other evidence behind one suspect's house in Moorcroft.

State Chief Game Warden Brian Nesvik said poaching crimes on the winter range in southwest Wyoming are treated as a high priority in part because deer are in the middle of their rut, often near roads and vulnerable.

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