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Jun 18, 2013 - The Associated Press

Gun accessories maker seeks grant

LARAMIE -- A Colorado company that makes gun sights and other firearms accessories is seeking a $2.5 million grant from Wyoming to help it move to Laramie.

The Laramie City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on an agreement that would endorse HiViz Shooting System's grant application to the Wyoming Business Council. The deal would also back HiViz getting a loan of $600,000 or less.

HiViz is now based in Fort Collins, Colo. It announced that it would move to Wyoming in May after Colorado lawmakers passed new gun control laws.

The funding would pay for construction of a new plant on Laramie Economic Development Corp. property. The corporation is donating the land to HiViz.

Man dies in high dive at reservoir

ROCK SPRINGS -- A Rock Springs man has died after he insisted on jumping off a cliff into Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Authorities identified the dead man as 24-year-old Michael Pond.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell and County Coroner Dale Majhanovich say Pond went to the Big Firehole area of Flaming Gorge on Saturday with four friends.

Pond told his friends that he wanted to jump off a cliff into the lake and they tried unsuccessfully to talk him out of it. The friends told officials that once Pond hit the water, he never came up.

Searchers recovered Pond's body and estimated the height of the cliff where he jumped at just under 175 feet.

State pen inmate dies after illness

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Department of Corrections says a 40-year-old inmate has died following a lengthy illness.

The agency says Michael Van Derrickson died Monday at Memorial Hospital of Carbon County in Rawlins.

He was an inmate at the Wyoming State Penitentiary, where he was serving a three to five year prison sentence on an aggravated assault and battery conviction out of Sweetwater County.

The Corrections Department says a routine autopsy has been ordered.

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