Mar 8, 2012 The Associated Press

House sends on workplace safety bill

CHEYENNE (AP) -- A proposal aimed at increasing workplace safety in Wyoming through voluntary inspections is on its way to Gov. Matt Mead.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported that the Senate gave final approval to the bill on Wednesday. The House previously approved the bill, which would pay for five consultants to conduct voluntary inspections.

They wouldn't be able to cite or fine employers if they found any problems.

It would also provide $500,000 for matching grants that companies can use to get extra training or safety equipment.

The governor worked with Rep. Tom Lubnau of Gillette to craft the bill to help end the state's ranking as one of worst for deadly workplace accidents.

Thirteen honored for 2010 rescue

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- Seven Grand Teton National Park rangers have received the Department of the Interior Valor Award for their actions during the search for 17 climbers caught in a fast-moving lightning storm in 2010.

Sixteen of the climbers who were caught near the summit of 13,770-foot Grand Teton were rescued. The 17th climber died after falling more than 2,000 feet during the storm.

Park rangers Ryan Schuster, Jack McConnell, Marty Vidak, Ed Visnovske, Nicholas Armitage, Drew Hardesty and Helen Bowers received the Valor Award on Wednesday for their actions during the rescue. Six others received the Citizen's Award for Bravery. They are St. John's Medical Center Dr. AJ Wheeler, pilot Matt Heart of Helicopter Express, Teton Interagency helitack member John Filardo, and Exum Mountain Guides Dan Corn, Anneka Door and Brenton Reagan.

Turner family to operate dude ranch

JACKSON (AP) -- A family that has lived on a ranch in Grand Teton National Park for five generations will be able to remain in business there.

The National Park Service announced Thursday that the partnership operated by the Turner family has won a 13-year contract to operate the dude ranch.

This is the first time that the Park Service sought competitive bids for the operation of the Triangle X Dude Ranch since it became part of the park. The family sued as a result, asserting their right to spend the rest of their lives there, but they also submitted a bid.

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