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Mar 6, 2013 - The Associated Press

Searchers finds missing plane

RAWLINS -- Searchers found a missing plane and the body of its pilot on a mountainside in south-central Wyoming.

Carbon County Sheriff Jerry Colson identified the pilot of the Cessna 172 as 63-year-old Gordon Davis, who owned an aviation company in Tehachapi, Calif.

The plane was headed for Laramie when it was reported missing Sunday afternoon.

Colson says there were no reports of a distress signal transmitted.

He says the plane was found about 11 a.m. Tuesday in a deep canyon about two-thirds up the side of a mountain and about five miles east of Saratoga.

The sheriff says it appears the pilot initially survived the crash and had taken shelter under the aircraft's wing, where his body was found.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

UW funded bonuses, buildings

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming will see money for new construction and a pay bonus for employees from the supplemental budget approved by the Legislature this winter.

However, UW will be required to reduce operations funding by 6 percent.

UW President Tom Buchanan says in a statement that the employee bonuses is significantly less than what was requested for continuing salary increases.

But Buchanan says he hopes it's a first step toward recognizing that good university employees are necessary and deserving of merit pay increases after four years of no raises.

He noted the 6-percent reduction is less of a decrease than many state agencies experienced.

Under the budget bill, UW is slated to receive $70 million for construction projects.

Fewer sheep lost; predation up

POWELL (AP) -- Wyoming sheep producers lost fewer sheep last year even though predation increased slightly.

According to a U.S.D.A survey conducted in January, producers lost an estimated 43,000 sheep and lambs, down from 55,000 in 2011.

The losses were mainly attributed to weather, disease and other environmental factors. Predation rose 6 percent over 2011.

Todd Ballard of the U.S.D.A. says the drought drove wildlife out of the mountains in search of water and they encountered sheep at watering holes.

Coyotes were responsible for killing the most sheep among wildlife but eagles have also become a problem as well. Eagles killed more sheep than bears and wolves combined in each of the last two years.

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