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Sep 20, 2013 - Associated Press
Ecuadoran wounded in shooting
POWELL (AP) -- A rock climber from Ecuador is recovering from a gunshot wound he received at a campground near a popular climbing location in northern Wyoming.
Jose Mosquera is being treated at a hospital in Billings, Mont., where he is in stable condition.
Mosquera's companion says the two were camping at Leigh Creek Campground in Ten Sleep Canyon when they fled their tent early Monday because of a falling tree limb and rock.
She tells the Tribune that while the two were running to their car, Mosquera was struck in the chest by a bullet.
She says she saw someone rustling in the bushes and Mosquera heard a vehicle drive away.
Washakie County Sheriff Steve Rakness was not immediately available for comment.
G&F to decide on river motorboats
JACKSON (AP) -- The state Game and Fish commission is considering a proposal to restrict motorized watercraft on the Snake River in northwest Wyoming.
The commission meets in Jackson next Monday and will hear comment on the proposal. It could make a decision after that.
Motorized craft already are banned in Grand Teton National Park and in the Snake River Canyon. A proposal before the commission would stretch the ban to include the Snake between the Grand Teton park boundary and the South Park Bridge.
The regulation also would set a 115-horsepower limit for motorized boats on certain stretches.
It's unknown exactly how many motorized boats use the Wyoming stretch of the Snake each year.
Black Hills Power rates rising
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- Black Hills Power says the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has approved a settlement that will increase electric rates 6.4 percent.
The Rapid City-based company says the annual revenue increase of $8.8 million is the result of an agreement involving Black Hills Power, PUC staff and other parties.
It filed a request in December to increase rates by 9.94 percent and was allowed to implement that adjustment on an interim basis June 16. Since the approved increase is lower, rates billed to customers will be reduced on Oct. 1 to the 6.4 percent and charges for service between June 16 and Sept. 30 will be recalculated. Customer bills will be credited with the refund starting in November.
Supreme Court sanctions lawyer
CHEYENNE (AP) -- The Wyoming Supreme Court has imposed a $500 sanction on a Cheyenne lawyer following a claim by the state Attorney General's Office that he intentionally tried to mislead the court.
The court this week sanctioned lawyer Dion Custis and ordered him to file a revised brief on behalf of a client who's appealing sexual assault convictions. The attorney general's office in August claimed Custis had misrepresented the testimony of a government witness. Custis recently filed a response saying he made an inadvertent error. The Supreme Court order sanctioning Custis states that regardless of whether the misrepresentation in the brief was inadvertent, it shouldn't have happened.
The court notes that the AG's Office has referred the matter to the Wyoming State Bar said the disciplinary process will run its course.