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Oct 8, 2013 - The Associated Press

Power still out in some places

CHEYENNE -- Some people are still without power following last week's winter storm in northeast Wyoming.

Powder River Energy says it is working to rebuild powerlines between Beulah and Sundance. A number of poles and crossarms were broken in the storm.

Crews also were working this week in the Hulett, Aladdin, Mush Creek areas near Newcastle as well as in rural areas in Crook County.

Crews are being slowed down by many felled and broken trees and deep snow.

Powder River Energy serves about 28,000 customers in Campbell, Sheridan, Johnson, Crook and Weston counties.

Rail oil hub being built

CASPER -- Construction is scheduled to begin this week on a major rail terminal in Casper where crude oil from trucks and pipelines will be transferred onto tanker cars, developers of the project say.

The pipeline crude will come from as far away as the Alberta, Canada, tar sands by way of Spectra Energy's Express Pipeline. Other oil will be trucked in from oil fields west of Casper.

The facility also will have tanks for storing and blending different grades of crude.

Heavy crude is difficult to refine and blending in lighter crude in Casper instead of at a refinery elsewhere can save customers money.

The project is part of a 6-year-old rail development where a variety of other raw products are loaded and unloaded onto rail cars in the Casper area.

Developers including Rich Fairservis of Casper-based Granite Peak Development, LLC, expect the facility to become operational by late next spring.

Crews would have started work Friday but a fall snowstorm delayed the start.

"We've got about 100,000 yards of dirt to move," Fairservis said.

The facility will be able to load two trains of 110 rail cars each per day. That's a lot more oil than even a large fleet of trucks could carry.

Each car has capacity for 71,000 to 77,000 barrels of oil. A tractor trailer can only transport 220 barrels, Fairservis said.

Daughter spent elderly dad's money

GREEN RIVER -- A 52-year-old Sweetwater County woman has been sentenced to two to eight years in prison for taking money from her father while he was being treated at a senior care center.

Brenda L. Griffiths pleaded guilty to abuse, neglect, abandonment, intimidation or exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

District Judge Rick Lavery also ordered Griffiths to pay $20,000 in restitution to her father.

Deputy prosecutor Teresa Thybo says Griffiths took advantage of her father, Everett Kraft, while he was a patient at Sage View Care Center.

Thybo said Griffiths spent tens of thousands of dollars from her father's bank accounts without permission at stores and restaurants and to buy a car.

Griffiths apologized and offered to get another job to help repay her father.

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