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May 21, 2013 - The Associated Press
Man stabbed to death in Laramie
LARAMIE -- The Laramie Police Department is investigating the stabbing death of a 44-year-old man.
Police say Paul A. Hamilton died after an altercation with another man late Sunday night. Hamilton was pronounced dead at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.
Police say the incident occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m.
Timothy Harnden, 66, was taken into custody.
Police Cmdr. Mitchell Cushman tells the Casper Star-Tribune that Hamilton lived in a trailer behind the house where Harnden was renting a room.
Anti-DUI campaign starts
CHEYENNE -- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and First Lady Carol Mead say they hope a new, hard-hitting media campaign will reduce drunk-driving fatalities and injuries in the state.
Wyoming saw 954 alcohol-related crashes in 2012. Gov. Mead says those crashes resulted in 391 injuries and 41 deaths.
Because Wyoming has such a small population, Mead says it's more likely that citizens know someone who died or lost a family member.
The Governor's Council on Impaired Driving is rolling out advertisements that emphasize how much it costs to get cited for drunken driving, and that people convicted of the crime stand may lose their license.
The campaign also focuses on the eight members of the University of Wyoming track team who were killed by a drunken driver more than 10 years ago.
Snow persists near border
DENVER -- Memorial Day weekend is approaching, but the snow is still coming in parts of Wyoming and Colorado.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported a 24-hour snowfall total of 1.5 inches near Gothic in Gunnison County, as of 7 a.m. Monday. The Arapahoe Basin ski area reported 7 inches in the last 24 hours as of Monday afternoon. Meanwhile the top of Aspen Mountain is reopening for skiing over Memorial Day weekend.
In southeastern Wyoming, up to 7 inches of snow was possible in Centennial and Albany. The snow has delayed the planned opening of U.S. 14A through the Big Horn Mountains until at least Tuesday afternoon.
Despite the snow, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado hopes to open Trail Ridge Road by Friday.
Independence Pass to Aspen is also scheduled to open before the holiday weekend.
Man dies in bike wreck
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A Sheridan man died and two other Sheridan residents were injured when a motorcycle collided with a car in southeastern Montana.
The Montana Highway Patrol says the 66-year-old man was westbound on Secondary Highway 316 Friday afternoon when he crossed into the oncoming lane at a curve near Kirby, which is north of Sheridan.
The driver of an eastbound car tried to swerve to miss the Wyoming man's motorcycle, but the two vehicles collided.