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Oct 24, 2013 - The Associated Press

Candidates named for court seat

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission has named three Cheyenne attorneys as candidates to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Justice Barton Voigt has announced that he plans to retire Jan. 3. Wyoming Chief Justice Marilyn Kite announced Tuesday the commission has chosen private-practice attorneys Patrick R. Day, Catherine M. Fox and Robert W. Tiedeken as candidates for the job.

Gov. Matt Mead has 30 days to appoint one of the three candidates to the high court.

Day is an attorney with Holland & Hart in Cheyenne. Fox's firm is Davis & Cannon, while Tiedeken is with Wolf, Tiedeken & Woodard.

The commission is made up of three attorneys who are selected by the Wyoming State Bar, and three non-lawyers who are appointed by the governor.

Highway fatalities down in 2013

LARAMIE -- The number of deaths on Wyoming's roads and highways was down dramatically over the first nine months of the year compared to the same period last year.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol says it investigated 59 crashes that killed 67 people over the first nine months of 2013. That's compared to 82 crashes that killed 94 people over that period in 2012.

It may be impossible to say for sure why highway deaths are down this year.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Stephen Townsend says single-vehicle rollover crashes are responsible for many deaths on Wyoming highways.

He says drivers and passengers often are ejected from their vehicles during rollover crashes. He says seat belt use can help prevent that and save lives.

Vehicle runaway device to be installed

JACKSON -- The Wyoming Department of Transportation is preparing to construct two devices to stop cars and trucks that lose their ability to brake on their way downhill from Teton Pass.

The arrestor system will employ steel nets to stop vehicles as heavy as 90,000 pounds that are going as fast as 90 mph down Wyoming Highway 22.

The arrestors will be built a mile and a half apart just outside Wilson.

Work on the arrestor project will begin in 2015. WyDOT officials say the federal government will cover 80 to 90 percent of the $2.8 million cost of the project.

Landfill expected to open in January

LARAMIE -- A new landfill for the city of Laramie is nearing completion.

City officials say they hope to open the landfill by mid to late January. Local taxes and state grants funded the $6 million project.

The landfill will be lined and will have 13 wells to check the local groundwater for any pollution. The landfill also will have a baler to compact household trash and a system to pump out liquids.

Officials expect the city's existing landfill to reach full capacity within a year.

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