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Nov 7, 2013 - The Associated Press

Algae blooms in river tributary

JACKSON -- A new federal study says a tributary of the Snake River that's heavily flanked by development has high levels of algae.

The report by the U.S. Geological Survey assesses water quality and biological health of Fish Creek. The creek, in the Wilson area of Jackson Hole, Fish Creek is almost entirely lined by private land. Its streambed is blanketed with a green mat of aquatic plants, moss and algae.

Cheryl Eddy-Miller is chief author of the report. She says it shows nitrates in both Fish Creek and in area groundwater. She says the nitrate is coming from septic/sewage effluent or manure, or a mixed source.

Deal reached on Rawlins crisis center

RAWLINS -- The Carbon County Commission has approved a lease agreement with Cathedral Home for it to operate the Youth Crisis Center in Rawlins.

The crisis center is on track to open by the first of the year. Cathedral Home is a child-service facility in Laramie.

This crisis center is located on the west side of the Carbon County jail. It has been in the works for more than nine years.

The crisis center would function as a temporary living center for troubled youth or children who need a place to stay before a foster family is found.

The center is slated to have four beds for short-term stays and eight group-home beds for long-term stays.

Coal truck crashes near Sheridan

BILLINGS, Mont. -- A semitrailer hauling a load of coal collided with a car in southeastern Montana, injuring three people and spilling 38 tons of coal on U.S. Highway 314 near Decker.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the semi tipped over in the collision just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Trooper Ben Panas said three people in the car were taken to a hospital in Sheridan with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. The driver of the semi drove himself to the hospital.

The Montana Department of Transportation reported the highway was partially blocked by the coal spill and traffic was slowed as crews cleaned it up.

The crash remains under investigation.

Coyote calling championship set

RAWLINS -- The 25th annual National Coyote Calling Championship is set for this weekend in Carbon County.

The contest runs during daylight hours on Friday and Saturday. The goal is for each two-person team to kill the largest number of coyotes.

Thirty-seven teams took part in the event last year, killing 126 coyotes.

An event coordinator says from 40 to 50 teams are expected this year. Most of the teams are from the region, with participants coming from Wyoming and neighboring states.

No night hunting is allowed and the rules prohibit scouts, live dog decoys, trapping, baiting and animal decoys.

Laramie principal retiring

LARAMIE -- The principal of Laramie High School is retiring at the end of the school year.

Kim Sorenson said his journey to become principal started early in his educational career when he started coaching seventh grade basketball. That led to him becoming an athletic director, then an elementary school principal and then finally to take over as high school principal 14 years ago.

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