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May 2, 2013 - The Associated Press
Sweetwater Co. searches for man
ROCK SPRINGS -- Sweetwater County's search and rescue team has joined the search for a fisherman from Jackson missing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir.
The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reported Thursday that winds this week have complicated the search for 46-year-old Danny Angelo Durante.
Durante's partially submerged boat was found Sunday. Rescuers believed it capsized amid high winds and treacherous waters at the reservoir.
Also helping in the search are search and rescue teams from Daggett, Uintah and Summit counties along with the Utah Department of Public Safety Dive Team.
mage near trail a concern
JACKSON -- The family that owns a popular hiking area in Jackson is raising concern about fire pits and other damage to the landscape.
Jackson Mayor Mark Barron says the Oliver family is worried enough that there's talk about barring public access to High School Butte.
The butte is a popular place for people in Jackson to get in a quick hike. That popularity appears to be causing harm.
Todd Oliver says he's disappointed that trails up the butte are getting wider and that people are blazing new trails.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the land is protected from development by a conservation easement through the Jackson Hole Land Trust. Land trust officials plan to meet with Oliver on Monday to discuss the land damage.
Money raised for injured wrestler
LARAMIE -- Friends of a former University of Wyoming wrestler from Colorado are raising money to help pay for his medical care.
They say Michael Martinez was burned recently when he was helping on his family's ranch in Pagosa Springs, Colo. A gas leak led to a fire in his field camper and he was burned on over 80 percent of his body.
Martinez, a four-time NCAA qualifier, graduated last spring.
Wrestling coach Mark Branch said Martinez is an exceptional young man who lived out of his truck while studying in Laramie on a wrestling scholarship.
Contributions can be made under his name at any Wells Fargo Bank or online at www.michaelmartinezfund.com.
Lummis part of forest study
DENVER -- Six Republican Westerners in Congress are headed to the Colorado state Capitol on Thursday to review forest management and wildfire prevention.
The hearing will look at current forest management plans on federal lands. The lawmakers scheduled to attend are Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico and Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis. All four Colorado Republicans are also scheduled to attend: Reps. Mike Coffman, Cory Gardner, Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton.
The hearing is a congressional field hearing on forest management for informational purposes only.