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Sep 15, 2013 The Associated Press

Body found in Teton County

JACKSON -- Teton County authorities are investigating a human body found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Undersheriff Bob Gilliam says police are treating the case as a homicide. The body has not yet been identified.

Gilliam Friday that the person appeared to have died a couple of week ago and appears to be male.

The body was discovered by a man running his dog Thursday afternoon near Mosquito Creek Road, about four miles south of Wilson. Gilliam indicated the body was covered up somehow, but could not release further details.

UW creates conservation award

LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institution has created an award to recognize people for their contributions to biodiversity.

The first recipients of the Contributions to Biodiversity Science Award are Robert and Jane Dorn, of Lingle, and Chris Madson, of Cheyenne.

They will be honored on Oct. 16 at the UW Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.

State's rig count rises by one

HOUSTON -- Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased one this week to 1,768.

The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,361 rigs were exploring for oil and 401 for gas. Six were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,864 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 12 rigs, Pennsylvania gained three, Louisiana gained two and California and Wyoming each gained one.

Oklahoma lost six rigs, New Mexico lost four, Alaska lost two and Colorado lost one. Arkansas, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia were unchanged.

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