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Mar 7, 2013 - The Associated Press

Bridger-Teton names acting supervisor

JACKSON -- The Bridger-Teton National Forest in northwestern Wyoming has named an acting forest supervisor.

The agency says Cheryl Probert will begin work March 25 and serve until the position is filled permanently.

Probert is deputy forest supervisor on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah. She has been with the Forest Service for 25 years.

Current Forest Supervisor Jacque Buchanan is moving to a new position with the agency in Colorado. Her last day on the job is March 22.

Derailment cleared near Gillette

GILLETTE -- The railroad east of Gillette is back open after a 10-car derailment.

Burlington Northern Santa Fey Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said the line reopened early Wednesday morning.

The reopening came about 24 hours after 10 empty rail cars used to transport cars went off the tracks five miles east of Gillette.

Nt no hazardous material was involved and no crew members were injured.

The train was headed from Pasco, Wash. to Lincoln, Neb.

Stanley Cup to visit Casper

CASPER -- The Stanley Cup will visit Casper next month to raise money for amateur hockey players.

The iconic trophy will be the guest of honor at the Casper Amateur Hockey Club's annual fundraiser on April 6.

President Kevin Whitman said the man who travels with the cup will share some stories about its over 120-year history.

He says the fundraiser helps keep costs down to around $125 a year for the club's young first-year skaters.

Road kill increases in Teton Park

JACKSON -- The number of animals struck by vehicles in Grand Teton National Park rose last year despite a speed limit reduction on the park's main road.

Grand Teton had 110 reported animal strikes on park roads last year, up from 102 in 2011.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says it's the first year the park amassed roadkill data since dropping the nighttime speed limit on Highway 26/89/191.

Park officials were hoping to see a reduction because of the lower nighttime speed limit.

She says animals are in most cases being hit at night in the park.

Grand Teton biologist Steve Cain says it's too early to call the speed limit reduction ineffective.

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