Sep 6, 2013 The Associated Press

ATV crash into Seminoe kills man

RAWLINS -- Carbon County authorities say a man who was riding on an all-terrain vehicle died after the four-wheeler hit a rock and toppled into Seminoe Reservoir.

The victim is identified as 26-year-old Daniel Scott Gardner, of Fort Collins, Colo.

Sheriff Jerry Colson says the driver of the ATV was able to release himself from his seat belt and swim to the surface. Others who saw the crash dove down to the ATV in 12 feet of water and attempted to free Gardner, who was a passenger on the four-wheeler.

They eventually got Gardner to shore and tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Carbon County coroner says an autopsy showed that drowning was the cause of death.

Park seeks comment on bridge

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Yellowstone National Park is accepting more public comment through Oct. 1 on a proposal to reconstruct Isa Lake Bridge.

The bridge spans Isa Lake on a section of the road connecting West Thumb and Old Faithful.

The proposed project will bring the bridge up to current design standards, improve safety, increase vehicle load capacity and preserve the historic integrity of the bridge. Improvements will also be made to adjacent parking and pullout areas.

The original reconstruction plan called for the installation of a temporary bridge so that the road over the lake would remain open to visitor traffic.

However, under a new plan, the road would be closed for part of the construction in order to save time and money and reduce resource impacts.

Ford's Theatre to produce play

WASHINGTON -- The Washington theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated will produce the play "The Laramie Project" and offer programs about bullying and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Ford's Theatre announced its Lincoln Legacy Project will mark 15 years since Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was abducted and killed in Laramie, Wyo. The Lincoln initiative focuses on issues of diversity, equality and acceptance.

The play, "The Laramie Project," presents the community's response to the 1998 anti-gay murder of Shepard and the resulting media attention. The play runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 27.

The theater also will feature an exhibit about the response to Shepard's death, a candlelight vigil on Oct. 11, a discussion series and readings of the companion play.

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