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Jul 28, 2013 - From staff reports

Chip sealing begins on U.S. 26/287

Chip sealing of more than 22 miles of U.S. 26/287 between Dubois and Diversion Dam was scheduled to begin Monday.

Wyoming Department of Transportation workers will be applying the chip-seal finish, and motorists should expect traffic delays.

Chip sealing is performed by evenly distributing a thin base of hot oil on an existing pavement surface and then embedding finely graded gravel into it. The gravel is evenly distributed over the seal spray, then rolled into a smooth pavement surface. Leftover gravel is swept off the roadway.

"Please slow down for safety's sake," said WyDOT chip sealing foreman Shane Wilson of Thermopolis. "Motorists will be led through the work zone behind a pilot vehicle, and it may become dusty at times. We appreciate everyone's patience during this important work, which cost-effectively extends the life of our highways."

WyDOT's chip sealing effort is scheduled to continue during August in the Big Horn Basin. Sealing is scheduled for U.S. 14 between Greybull and Shell, and near Burgess Junction; Wyoming 295 near Willwood; Wyoming 32 and Wyoming 33 near Lovell; Wyoming 120 north of Cody; and U.S. 16 between Worland and Ten Sleep.

Man injured while riding horse

Dubois Search and Rescue volunteers responded at about 4:30 p.m. July 14 to the area of Moon Lake due to reports that a 53-year-old man had been injured in a horseback accident there.

Initial reports state he had "flipped off" of the horse and was conscious and breathing but not alert. The man was reported to be in a large, open meadow near the lake in the Wind River Mountains west of Dubois. Officials said the man was airlifted by a helicopter from Rock Springs before ground rescue teams arrived at the scene.

Initial reports state he suffered an injury to his chest and possibly had broken some ribs. He reportedly was stable and being treated for shock while he was airlifted.

Forest plan meeting scheduled

The Shoshone National Forest will have a meeting with local and state government cooperators regarding forest plan revision from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 31 at Bighorn Federal Credit Union in Thermopolis.

Local government cooperators scheduled to attend these meetings include commissioners from Park, Fremont, Hot Springs and Bighorn counties; staff from local resource conservation agencies; staff from the governor's office; and state resource management agencies' staff.

The public is welcome to observe the meeting and offer input at the end of the meeting.

The focus of this meeting will be on changes to the draft forest plan that are proposed for incorporation into the final plan.

For more information about the meeting, call Carrie Christman, Forest Planning Staff, at 578-5118.

Driver arrested after car chase

Joel Behan, 28, of Arapahoe, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and eluding police at about 11 p.m. July 15 in the 100 block of South Fifth Street West in Riverton.

A deputy reportedly saw Behan's vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the 300 block of North Federal Boulevard. The vehicle reportedly turned west onto Main Street and continued to accelerate, so the deputy activated his lights and siren near Main Street's intersection with First Street. The vehicle did not stop but "disappeared" after topping the hill near Fifth Street West.

The deputy began searching side streets and located the vehicle near South Fifth Street West. At that time, Behan -- the sole occupant of the vehicle -- yielded for law enforcement and was arrested and jailed.

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