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Jun 25, 2013 - The Associated Press

UP upgrading rail line

Union Pacific Railroad says it is spending $15 million to improve its rail line between Rawlins and near Rock Springs this summer.

The company said Monday it plans to replace 127,200 railroad ties, install more than 61,200 tons of rock ballast and renew the surfaces at 18 road crossings.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Union Pacific says it has hundreds of projects planned across its rail network this year to improve safety and efficiency and to reduce drivers' wait times at railroad crossings.

It has said it plans about $3.6 billion in new capital investments this year under its capital plan.

Flights diverted to Cheyenne

DENVER -- Several flights had to be diverted from Denver International Airport to Colorado Springs, Colo., Cheyenne, and other cities because of severe thunderstorms.

DIA spokesman Heath Montgomery says there were also a number of flight delays from the storms that rolled through the Front Range on Sunday night.

National Weather Service spokesman Byron Louis said Monday there were numerous lightning strikes, wind gusts of more than 20 miles an hour and 2 inches of rain on some parts of the Eastern Plains.

Enzi backs coins for NPS 100th

CHEYENNE -- U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi has introduced legislation to allow the minting of coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service.

The Wyoming Republican is joined in the effort by Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, of West Virginia.

The bill would authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to produce a $5 gold coin, a silver dollar, and a clad half dollar. The proceeds from sales of the coins would be used by the National Park Foundation for park preservation and to provide programs and services to visitors.

2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Park Service, which administers more than 400 park units with 84 million acres of land in all 50 states and territories.

Big-game applications climb

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the number of applications submitted by Wyoming hunters for big game licenses is up, and more are being submitted electronically.

The department said Monday it has received 97,324 applications from Wyoming elk, deer and antelope hunters, up about 2.7 percent from 94,736 applications in 2012.

The department plans to accept only electronic applications next year, instead of ones printed on paper.

Of the applications submitted this year, 6,505 were submitted on paper forms. Last year 17,712 hunters sent in paper applications.

Six survive when boat capsizes

CODY -- Authorities say two fathers and four daughters have survived after they were tossed into the chilly waters of Buffalo Bill Reservoir when their boat capsized in a storm.

Park County Sheriff's Office says it received the report of the six in the reservoir near Cody about 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

A storm developed and they were headed in, but 3-foot swells capsized the boat about 1,000 feet from shore.

But before rescuers could launch their craft, officials say another boater rescued one of the men and the four juvenile girls, while the other man made it to shore using a picnic cooler as a float.

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