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Avalanche kills snowboarder near Jackson resort

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - An avalanche has killed a snowboarder just outside the boundary of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Resort officials say the avalanche happened around 12:50 p.m. Thursday. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at about 1:30 p.m.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports reports the Teton County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 29-year-old Michael Kazanjy of Jackson.

The slide happened at about 10,300 feet on an east-facing slope called the Pucker Face.

Others who were with Kazanjy saw the slide happen and dug him out of the snow. Attempts to revive Kazanjy were unsuccessful.


Gas compressor blast outside Riverton injures 1

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - An explosion at a natural gas compressor east of Riverton has injured one person.

The explosion happened Christmas morning. Fremont County Fire District Chief Craig Haslan says workers shut off the flow of gas to the compressor to stop the fire.

He says he didn't know the identity of the person injured.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports workers were able to shut in the well before firefighters arrived and firefighters had the fire out by noon.


Sweetwater County had most DUI deaths in 2012

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - Sweetwater County had the highest number of fatal crashes involving alcohol in 2012, followed by Campbell County.

A report from the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police says there were six fatal drunken-driving crashes in Sweetwater County last year. The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports that six people died and 12 people were injured.

In Campbell County, five people died in five alcohol-related crashes and four others were injured.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation says there were 971 DUI crashes statewide in 2012. Forty-one of those claimed lives.

About a third of last year's crashes happened on Christmas and New Year's.


Injection well being drilled at Cheyenne refinery

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A well being drilled at the HollyFrontier Corp. refinery in Cheyenne will be used to study whether wastewater tainted with selenium could be disposed of by injecting it deep underground.

State Department of Environmental Quality officials say that right now, the company is discharging the wastewater into a creek. Selenium levels in the wastewater being dumped in Crow Creek have been averaging 180 parts per billion.

The state standard for selenium in surface water is no more than 5 ppb.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says long-term exposure to high levels of selenium in drinking water can cause hair and fingernail loss and circulation problems.

State DEQ officials say the target depth of the pilot well being drilled is 6,100 feet.

HollyFrontier officials did not return messages seeking comment.


Ur-Energy buys 2 Wyo. uranium mines

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A uranium company has purchased two mines that have been idle since the 1990s and has plans to start them up again.

Ur-Energy (YOU'-are) officials say production at the mines could begin in three years.

The Casper-based company announced this week it has finalized the purchase of the Shirley Basin and Lucky Mc (MAC) uranium mines from Pathfinder Mining Corp. for $6.6 million.

The company expects to produce 1 million pounds of yellowcake a year from the two mines located in Carbon and Fremont counties.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Ur-Energy opened its first facility last summer. The company recently made its first shipment of yellowcake from the Lost Creek in situ mine to a facility in Illinois.