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Jun 12, 2013 - The Associated Press

Man dies after cycle jump wreck

ROCK SPRINGS -- Police say a 31-year-old Rock Springs man has died after being thrown from his dirt bike while practicing for a Motocross competition.

Rock Springs Police say David Scott Panzer died about 9 a.m. Sunday at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater county.

The Sweetwater County coroner said Panzer sustained critical head and neck injuries when he was thrown over the handlebars on a jump.

Bill would regulate towing

CHEYENNE -- An interim legislative committee is considering new rules to crack down on "exorbitant" fees charged by some tow truck operators.

The Legislature's Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs Interim Committee voted Tuesday to draft a bill that would place price caps on involuntary tows.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol calls for an involuntary tow when a vehicle is abandoned or after a wreck, drunken-driving arrest or other situation where the motorist isn't present or is unable to select a specific towing company.

Several legislators said they've heard many complaints that some companies charge unreasonable prices.

However, several tow truck operators oppose adding regulations, preferring to see if the tow industry can self-regulate.

The committee will debate the issue again later this year.

Military furloughs ordered

CHEYENNE -- More than 400 Wyoming Military Department employees will be required to take off 11 days without pay this summer because of federal budget cuts.

Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming's adjutant general, said he recently sent out furlough notices to 404 civilian workers.

The 11 unpaid furlough days are less than the 22 initially proposed.

But during a briefing with state lawmakers Monday, Reiner said there still will be significant consequences for the readiness capabilities of the Guard and for the individual employees.

The majority of the furloughed employees work in Cheyenne.

Reiner said many of those affected are technicians or mechanics.

Active Guard members and reservists aren't subject to the furlough.

Three places on historic register

CHEYENNE -- Three Wyoming properties recently were added to the National Park Services' National Register of Historic Places website.

Wyoming sites noted as properties of the week. They are the Snow Train Rolling Stock, located at a park in Laramie, the Cheyenne Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Sheridan.

The National Park Service announces newly listed properties to the National Register of Historic Places every week.

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