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May 1, 2013 - The Associated Press

Smoke from field burn causes crash

POWELL -- Thick smoke from a controlled burn caused a woman to crash her car into a ditch in the Powell area.

Park County sheriff's officials say the fire was in an alfalfa field. The flames never got out of control but strong winds created heavy smoke.

The 79-year-old driver wasn't hurt when she drove off a road into an irrigation canal with a small amount of water in it.

The Powell Tribune reports that a firefighter gave the woman a ride to get a medical evaluation.

UW commencement speakers set

LARAMIE -- The longest-serving College of Arts and Sciences dean in University of Wyoming history and three women who wore the crown as Miss Wyoming will be among the speakers during UW commencement ceremonies on May 11.

Oliver Walter, who will retire this summer, has served as dean for 23 years. He will speak during the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony.

The three Miss Wyomings to speak at the College of Health Sciences ceremony are: Miss Wyoming 2010 Alicia Grove, Miss Wyoming 2011 Catherine Brown and Miss Wyoming 2012 Lexie Madden. All are graduates or students in the college.

Ceremonies for the individual colleges are scheduled for May 11; the College of Law ceremony will be held on May 18; and the UW/Casper College Center ceremony is set for May 9.

New storm closes I-80 again

CHEYENNE -- Another spring snowstorm is dumping snow on Wyoming.

Cheyenne received 10 inches by sunrise Wednesday with the snow still falling. Up to 14 inches was measured in areas west of Cheyenne where a winter storm warning was in effect.

Up to a foot of snow is possible in the central and northern mountains.

The heavy, wet snow brought down some tree branches, and scattered power outages occurred in the Cheyenne area. Schools in Cheyenne were closed for the day and local government office hours were delayed.

A 50-mile section of Interstate 80 between Laramie and Cheyenne was closed Wednesday morning and many highways in southeast and central Wyoming were slick.

The snow is expected to be done by this evening but near record cold temperatures are expected Wednesday night.

Motor ban proposed for part of Snake

JACKSON -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is proposing to ban motorboats on a roughly 20-mile stretch of the Snake River south of Grand Teton National Park.

The agency might also ban jet skis on a 40-mile stretch of the Snake River downstream from the park.

Game and Fish has scheduled a public hearing on the proposals at 6 p.m. May 8 at the Teton County Library in Jackson.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that few motorboats use the stretch that would be closed. That part of the river is often shallow and rocky.

Even so, some jet boat owners oppose the proposed new rules. They include Tom Cook, a Jackson Hole resident who calls the change a "sham."

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