Wyoming asks federal judge to continue wolf suit
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The state of Wyoming is asking a federal judge not to dismiss a lawsuit challenging last year's decision to turn over management of wolves to the state.
Environmental groups last week filed papers to dismiss their lawsuit pending in federal court in Cheyenne. The groups originally filed the lawsuit in Colorado. Dismissing the suit would leave a similar challenge filed by a different coalition of groups pending in federal court in Washington, D.C.
The Wyoming Attorney General's Office on Monday asked U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne not to allow the environmental groups to drop their suit in his court. The state accuses the groups of forum-shopping, saying they don't want to go to trial in Wyoming.
Snow still falling in parts of Colorado, Wyoming
DENVER (AP) - Memorial Day weekend is approaching, but the snow is still coming.
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center reported a 24-hour snowfall total of 1.5 inches near Gothic in Gunnison County, as of 7 a.m. Monday. The Arapahoe Basin ski area reported 7 inches in the last 24 hours as of Monday afternoon. Meanwhile the top of Aspen Mountain is reopening for skiing over Memorial Day weekend.
In southeastern Wyoming, up to 7 inches of snow was possible in Centennial and Albany. The snow has delayed the planned opening of U.S. 14A through the Big Horn Mountains until at least Tuesday afternoon.
Despite the snow, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado hopes to open Trail Ridge Road by Friday.
Independence Pass to Aspen is also scheduled to open before the holiday weekend.
Spring snow delays Bighorn highway road opening
SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - A spring snowstorm has delayed the seasonal opening of a highway over the Bighorn Mountains.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation says U.S. Highway 14A was scheduled to open from Burgess Junction to Lovell on Monday. Snowy weather has pushed back the opening until noon Tuesday.
WyDOT crews report blowing snow on the road and drifts more than 3 feet high.
The 22-mile stretch of road usually closes for the winter around Nov. 30. The road usually reopens for the summer by Memorial Day weekend.
MOUNTAIN PLANE CRASH
Lawsuits over fatal Wyo. plane crash to mediation
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Lawyers plan mediation sessions to try to resolve two federal lawsuits stemming from a 2010 plane crash in western Wyoming that killed a Minnesota father and three sons.
Pilot Luke Bucklin, 41, of Minneapolis, 14-year-old twins Nate and Nick, and 12-year-old Noah all died when their plane went down in Wyoming's rugged Wind River Range.
Bucklin's estate is pressing one lawsuit against Serco Inc., a Virginia-based company that provides air traffic control services at the Jackson Hole Airport. Bucklin's ex-wife, the mother of the three boys, is pressing the other lawsuit against Serco.
Both lawsuits claim an air traffic controller's negligence caused the crash. Serco is denying blame.
Lawyers last week told a federal judge in Wyoming that they intend to hold mediation sessions in Minnesota this month and next.
Man stabbed to death in Laramie
(Information in the following story is from: Laramie (Wyo.) Daily Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com)
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - The Laramie Police Department is investigating the stabbing death of a 44-year-old man.
Police say Paul A. Hamilton died after an altercation with another man late Sunday night. Hamilton was pronounced dead at Ivinson Memorial Hospital.
Police say the incident occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m.
The Laramie Boomerang reports (http://bit.ly/12Hzpc1 ) 66-year-old Timothy Harnden was taken into custody.
Police Cmdr. Mitchell Cushman tells the Casper Star-Tribune that Hamilton lived in a trailer behind the house where Harnden was renting a room.
POWER PLANT FIRE
Second fire in a week at Wheatland plant, 3 hurt
WHEATLAND, Wyo. (AP) - Three workers were burned in the second fire in a week to break out at the same power plant near Wheatland.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative says the fire broke out early Sunday at the Laramie River Station.
The Bismarck, N.D.-based utility said in a release Monday the fire started in the plant's coal unloading area.
Three workers were taken to Platte County Memorial Hospital. One worker was flown to a burn center in Greeley, Colo., and remains there for treatment.
The other two were released from the hospital and scheduled for follow-up treatment at the burn center Monday. Basin Electric spokesman Daryl Hill says he didn't know the employees' conditions.
A fire broke out at the same coal-fired power plant last Tuesday. Hill calls the fires coincidental and not related.
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