Mar 20, 2013 The Associated Press

Wind farm project filing delayed

RAWLINS -- A company has pushed back by a year its plans to apply for a state permit to build a large wind farm in Carbon County.

The Power Company of Wyoming had planned to file for the building permit last January for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre.

But the company decided to wait after a bill was introduced in the state Legislature that dealt with funding for large projects. The bill ultimately failed to pass.

Company Vice President Roxane Perruso told the Carbon County Commission on Tuesday that the company now anticipates filing the permit in March or April of 2014.

Perruso said initial construction could begin by fall 2014.

The wind farm would consist of 1,000 wind turbines on two sites south of Rawlins.

State gets homeless grant money

CHEYENNE -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded about $243,000 in grants for three homeless programs in Wyoming.

The money will be used to support housing efforts in Casper and Gillette and help fund a statewide initiative to track data on Wyoming's homeless population.

Mary Randolph with the Wyoming Homeless Collaborative said the state's homeless population has risen recently.

HUD estimates there were 1,813 homeless people in Wyoming in 2012, a 74.7 percent increase from the previous year.

The money was part of $1.54 billion awarded throughout the country by HUD.

HUD's Rocky Mountain regional administrator, Rick M. Garcia, says the Obama administration sees the need to fund homeless programs despite federal budget cuts elsewhere.

Two killed in crash on US 20

MANDERSON -- A man and a woman from Worland are dead following a head-on accident involving a car and a semitrailer in Big Horn County.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports that a southbound Pontiac driven by 52-year-old Ralph R. Trujillo crossed the centerline on U.S. Highway 20 about 2 miles south of the town of Manderson on Monday afternoon. Trujillo's car collided head-on with a semitrailer.

Trujillo and his passenger, identified as 53-year-old Bobbie Jo Leyva were dead at the scene.

The truck driver survived. The Highway Patrol reports that toxicology reports are pending.

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