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Mar 12, 2013 - The Associated Press

Cody woman killed in canyon wreck

CHEYENNE -- Authorities say one person was killed and three others, including a 4-year-old girl, were injured in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 20 south of Thermopolis.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a vehicle driven by 29-year-old Leanne Dozier of Denver crossed the center line and smashed into an oncoming vehicle with three people inside at about 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

The Patrol says 26-year-old Cody resident Jill M. Riel -- a passenger in the second vehicle -- died at the hospital. Two other people in the second vehicle -- a 40-year-old man and a 4-year-old girl -- were injured.

Dozier is recovering at a hospital in Billings, Mont.

North Platte flushing to begin

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is urging people to be on the lookout for high water along the North Platte River later this month.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation plans to lower Gray Reef Reservoir on March 18 and 19 to conduct an inspection. River flows will remain at the current rate but the process will wash some fine sediment into the North Platte.

After the reservoir is brought back up to its normal operating level, flushing flows will take place to wash sediment out of spawning gravel in the river. The flushing will begin March 22 and take place over 10 days.

Each day, flows will increase from 500 cubic feet per second to 4,000 cubic feet per second. Flows will peak between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Seventh-grader wins spelling bee

ROCK SPRINGS -- A seventh-grader from Lincoln Middle School in Sweetwater County has won the Wyoming State Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word brilliantine, which refers to a light, lustrous fabric or a preparation for making hair glossy.

Victoria Allen defeated 56 spellers from 16 counties Saturday and will represent Wyoming in the Scripps National Spelling Bee beginning May 26 in Washington, D.C.

Michael Millan of Natrona County placed second in the state bee, and Jack Van Holland of Teton County placed third.

Body found in river identified

CASPER (AP) -- Authorities have released the name of a woman whose body was recovered from the North Platte River in Casper.

Police Sgt. Deahn Amend said firefighters spotted Bobbie Stringham's body about two feet under water at about 3 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities say a caller reported someone yelling for help behind homes on North Center Street at about 5 a.m. Jan. 19.

When police and firefighters arrived, the woman was in the water clinging to ice. She lost her grip and disappeared under the ice before rescuers could reach her.

The Natrona County Coroner's Office will conduct the autopsy.

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