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Apr 2, 2013 - The Associated Press
Two killed in Natrona County crash
CASPER -- Two men were killed and one injured when their car rolled off the road in Natrona County.
Highway Patrol investigators say the driver was coming around a curve on I-25 on Friday when the vehicle went off the road and flipped multiple times.
The driver and one passenger weren't wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the car. A second passenger was wearing his seatbelt incorrectly.
The driver and one of the passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. The other passenger was taken to the hospital.
Investigators are looking into whether excessive speed or alcohol use played a role in the fatal crash.
Mines recognized for reclamation
CHEYENNE -- Two Wyoming mines are being recognized for their reclamation work.
The Interstate Mining Compact Commission has awarded the M-I SWACO Bentonite Mine in Big Horn County its Reclamation Award in the Noncoal Category. The strip mining operation has affected more than 5,300 acres of private, federal and state lands since the 1950s The company researched innovative reclamation practices to complete nine related projects in 2012.
The commission also awarded the Bridger Coal Mine, near Rock Springs, an Honorable Mention in the Coal Reclamation Category.
The Interstate Mining Compact Commission is a multi-state governmental organization that represents the natural resource and related environmental protection interests of its member states.
Workers plow Teton Park Road
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK -- Grand Teton National Park has started plowing Teton Park Road.
The plowing started Monday, about two weeks later than usual due to the federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says that due to budget cuts, park officials decided to let the snow melt further before crews started clearing it. The goal was to save money on gasoline for the plows, as well as wear and tear on the equipment.
Skaggs says the strategy has worked because the snowpack is now lower, and temperatures are warmer.
Park officials have said they also plan to reduce the park's seasonal workforce and implement furloughs to help meet $700,000 in federal spending cuts.
Research boosting film equipment
JACKSON -- A Wyoming company known for its movies about the backcountry exploits of snowboarder Jeremy Jones has a new toy to help with its action-sports productions.
Teton Village-based Teton Gravity Research said Monday it has acquired the C520 camera system offered by the company Gyro-Stabilized Systems. Teton Gravity Research likes the system because it can accommodate ultra-high-definition cameras that shoot at 4K resolution, or roughly 4,000 pixels.
That's more than three times the resolution that 1,080-pixel HD televisions handle.
The system can be mounted on vehicles and provide steady images in rugged mountains or on choppy waters because it's stabilized with gyroscope technology. Teton Gravity Research says it spent about $750,000 on a modified version.
Gyro-Stabilized Systems says Teton Gravity Research is its first customer of the C520 system.