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Mar 21, 2013 - The Associated Press
Fire danger high in parts of state
Dry and windy conditions have increased the fire danger across lower elevation areas of Wyoming.
Several agricultural burns have gotten out of control in the upper Wind River Basin, damaging some property near Dubois.
The National Weather Service is asking farmers and ranchers to check conditions before conducting agricultural burns.
Reservoir to have adequate water
POWELL -- Bureau of Reclamation officials say Buffalo Bill Reservoir may not fill to the brim this spring but it should have enough water to meet irrigation needs in northern Wyoming this spring and summer.
During a recent public meeting held by the bureau in Powell, officials say they are expecting 715,800 acre feet of inflow for the October 2012 through September 2013 water year.
That is below the average of 847,500 acre feet.
But officials said the reservoir was 66 percent full this month and the current predictions for inflow from the annual runoff should provide adequate irrigation water.
Man pleads guilty to Casper threat
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City man has pleaded guilty to threatening violence in Casper.
U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats says 34-year-old Glenn Allen Kirkham pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Oklahoma City.
The threats were made Jan. 14 on an Internet-based bulletin board service. Authorities in Casper then locked down 40 schools, notified area hospitals and nursing homes and police were sent to areas where an attack was considered possible.
Kirkham was arrested the same day and said he had "posted a work of artistic falsehood." Investigators have said Kirkham was apparently upset about a possible automatic weapons ban.
Kirkham faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution for the cost of emergency responders. Sentencing is set for June 19.
BLM closes horse facility temporarily
ROCK SPRINGS -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is closing its Rock Springs Wild Horse Holding Facility for cleaning until roughly the first week in April.
Crews intend to use front-end loaders and other equipment to clean pens and holding corrals. The facility will be closed for public tours and mustang adoptions during the closure.
The public viewing kiosk will remain open.
The facility currently holds about 700 horses from around the state. Weaned foals, geldings and mares up to 5 years of age are available for adoption for a $125 fee.
Man to prison in Sheridan meth case
SHERIDAN -- A man who a prosecutor says was essentially the poster child for methamphetamine in Sheridan has been sentenced to prison on drug charges.
Brandy Lind was sentenced Tuesday to between 20 and 30 years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to five felony charges of drug possession and distribution.
He is among 35 people arrested in connection with a multiyear investigation by a regional law-enforcement body known as the Northeast Enforcement Team.