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Aug 9, 2013 - The Associated Press

Man charged in construction death

GILLETTE -- A South Dakota man faces a felony charge of aggravated vehicular homicide after authorities say he ran over and killed another man with a dump truck while under the influence of alcohol.

31-year-old Andrew Michael Ames, of Yankton, S.D., was charged after the truck he was driving ran over and killed 38-year-old Jason Thompson early Monday at a construction site in Gillette.

According to court documents, a witness saw Ames drive over Thompson as he was backing up a dump truck. Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ames told investigators that he had been drinking the night before. Police says he failed a field sobriety test and that his blood alcohol level was higher than the threshold for driving under the influence.

Sturgis draws more police to I-90

CHEYENNE -- State troopers from Wyoming and South Dakota have been stepping up patrols on Interstate 90 between Sturgis, S.D. and Sundance in response to the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

State police agencies in both states say that officers made 24 arrests and issued 49 warnings during a joint enforcement operation on Wednesday. This is the first year South Dakota and Wyoming have joined together for the enforcement effort.

Thousands of bikers converge on Sturgis for the annual event.

Capt. Kevin Karley of the South Dakota Highway Patrol says the rally is a busy time for law enforcement every year.

Capt. Carl Clements of the Wyoming Highway Patrol says the joint operation increased law enforcement coverage and visibility during a high traffic portion of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Government visitors on energy tour

SHERIDAN -- A delegation of congressional and mayoral representatives from around the United States is touring northeast Wyoming this week to learn about the energy industry.

The delegates began their tour in Sheridan on Sunday with a tour of Spring Creek Mine. On Monday, the group gathered at Sheridan County Museum for a presentation on the history of Sheridan County and area mining.

Sheridan Mayor Dave Kinskey says it's important to let representatives of national leaders know the importance of energy production not only to the area and the state, but the nation as well.

In particular, he said he hopes the tour will showcase Wyoming's approach to energy development.

Ski execs look to broaden base

ASPEN, Colo. -- Ski executives from Colorado and Wyoming say their resorts must adapt to lure a new generation of snow riders and to attract visitors in summer as well as winter.

Mike Kaplan, CEO of Aspen Skiing Co., says younger skiers aren't staying in the same places as their Baby Boomer grandparents, and resort towns have to offer lodging that appeals to them.

Jerry Blann, president of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, says the close proximity of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons national parks is a built-in bonus for Jackson in summer.

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