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Mar 13, 2012 - The Associated Press

Firemen make more than chiefs

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Overtime pay pushed the income of two Cheyenne firefighters above the mayor, fire chief and police chief last year.

The two firefighters made more than $98,000 each. The mayor is paid $95,000 and the police and fire chiefs about $85,600 each.

Including overtime, the average pay for a Cheyenne firefighter in 2011 was nearly $71,000.

Bill Hinz, president of the firefighters union, says average firefighter pay was higher than usual last year because the department was down about 10 employees.

Without overtime, average pay for Cheyenne firefighters is $65,000 a year.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says average firefighter pay without overtime in the Denver-Aurora area in 2010 was about $56,400.

Plowing starts in Teton Park

MOOSE (AP) -- Crews are preparing for spring in Grand Teton National Park.

They began clearing snow from the Moose-Wilson Road and Teton Park Road on Monday. The work is expected to take several weeks. The roads should reopen to bikers, hikers and inline skaters in early April and to car traffic on May 1.

Grassy Lake Road in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway is set to close for the season on Thursday evening along with some roads in Yellowstone National Park. Grassy Lake Road will remain closed to cars through May 31 because of spring grizzly bear activity.

For sale: Buford, Wyo.

BUFORD (AP) -- What's advertised as the smallest town in the United States is scheduled to go up for auction next month.

Buford, located between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming, is famous for having just one inhabitant, Don Sammons.

Sammons plans to retire from managing his businesses at Buford and move on. The auction is set for noon April 5.

Buford traces its origins the 1860s and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and had as many as 2,000 residents before the railroad was rerouted.

Sammons and his family moved from Los Angeles to Buford in 1980. Family members moved away over the years, but Sammons stayed on as sole resident and "mayor" of the unincorporated community. He bought the trading post in 1992 and operated it until last year.

"It was a great life for me and for my family," he said, adding it would be the same for anyone looking for a unique operation.

Buford sits at an elevation of 8,000 feet and is the highest town along Interstate 80 between New York and California. The area offers impressive views of the Rocky Mountains but is prone to extreme winds and frigid temperatures -- even by Wyoming standards.

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