Wyoming digest

Jul 15, 2013 The Associated Press

Cheyenne man killed in fall

DURANGO, Colo. -- Authorities have identified a Wyoming man who fell 300 to 400 feet to his death while climbing Jagged Mountain north of Durango.

San Juan County Coroner Keri Metzler identified the man Friday as 52-year-old Howard Scotland, of Cheyenne

Jim Donovan, captain of San Juan Search and Rescue said Scotland lost his footing while hiking the mountain, a steep and rocky peak with an elevation of 13,825 feet.

Scotland's hiking group called authorities, and a helicopter was used to remove the body.

Firm not moving to Casper

CHEYENNE -- A company that uses converted DC-10 passenger planes to fight wildfires won't move its headquarters to Casper after all but will be based somewhere in the Southwest.

The company, 10 Tanker Air Carrier, has two DC-10s, each of which can drop about four times more fire-retardant slurry than the next-biggest air tankers with U.S. Forest Service contracts.

The company announced in May that it was preparing to move to Casper from Victorville, Calif. On Friday, 10 Tanker President Rick Hatton said Wyoming has been welcoming to his company but the desert Southwest offers a better climate to store planes. Also, a reassessment of Wyoming's tax advantages showed little benefit to relocating to the state.

Two more rigs work in state

HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 1,759.

The Houston-based company said Friday in its weekly report that 1,391 rigs were exploring for oil and 362 for gas. Six were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,953 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico gained three, Ohio and Wyoming two each, and Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana and Texas one apiece.

Oklahoma declined by five, North Dakota lost three and West Virginia was down one.

Arkansas, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Utah were unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

Norovirus oubtbreak done

JACKSON -- A norovirus outbreak that sickened more than 100 people at Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks appears to have subsided.

Officials from both parks say the number of confirmed cases of the gastrointestinal bug has returned to near normal levels.

A rash of reports of the illness began in the Mammoth area of Yellowstone in mid-June. Cases were reported at Grand Teton National Park a week later.

The parks and their concessionaires disinfected public areas and quarantine workers who displayed symptoms of the illness.

The outbreak has not been traced to a specific place or cause.

Chuck Harris is manager at Grand Teton Medical Clinic at Jackson Lake Lodge. He said it was one of the more "atypical" spikes in gastrointestinal illness he has seen in 29 years working in the park.

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