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Here is the latest Wyoming news from The Associated Press

Coroner seeks anybody with ties to homeless veteran who died

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Natrona County Coroner's Office continues to search for any friends or relatives of a homeless U.S. Navy veteran who died recently.

Sixty-three-year-old Stephen Carl Reiman recently traveled to Sheridan from a California community for homeless veterans.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports Reiman served in the Navy from 1971 to 1975 and his last post was aboard the U.S.S. Long Beach.

Coroner Connie Jacobson says Reiman's medical records show struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and alcoholism.

Reiman fell ill and was hospitalized in Sheridan and Casper. He died Nov. 17.

Coroner Connie Jacobson says she has run out of leads trying to find anybody with ties to Reiman. A funeral with military honors is planned Nov. 29 at a veterans' cemetery in Evansville.

Wyoming officials delay refill of Willwood Dam

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The refilling of Willwood Dam in Wyoming is on hold until state officials can meet in Casper to determine the next step.

The Cody Enterprise reports that Park County Commissioners sent a letter to Gov. Matt Mead last week asking him to delay the reservoir filling to help prevent siltation in the Shoshone River.

All five commissioners signed the letter saying they'd like to see the accumulated silt removed from the reservoir basin before it is filled up.

Willwood Irrigation District manager Todd Singbeil says the refilling is on hold until state officials can meet on Dec. 1 or 2. The irrigation district is planning major repair work on the dam in the next five years and will need to empty the reservoir before proceeding with that work.

Uber seeking ride into a rare state without it: Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The ridesharing service Uber is looking to begin service in Wyoming, one of the few states where it's not yet doing business.

Wyoming law will need to be changed before ridesharing services may operate in the state. State lawmakers say they're drafting legislation.

Uber users arrange rides using a smartphone app that charges the ride to their credit card. Brian Gebhardt of Uber says once state law allows ridesharing, the company could begin operating in Wyoming quickly.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Uber currently is available in more than 500 cities worldwide but doesn't yet operate in Wyoming, Alaska and South Dakota.

Rocky Mountains ski resorts delay Thanksgiving openings

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Ski resorts in Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah have been forced to delay opening for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend or have few ski runs open because unseasonably warm weather limited their ability to make man-made snow.

In Wyoming, resorts at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole were not predicting Wednesday when they would open.

Sun Valley Resort in Idaho will only have one run open on Thursday and possibly through the weekend.

Snowpack in Colorado's mountains is at its lowest level in 30 years and the Beaver Creek resort pushed back its opening day from Wednesday to Friday.

In recent years, many Western U.S. ski resorts started opening by Thanksgiving.

Grand Targhee Resort spokesman Ken Rider says the ski area last delayed its ski season start in 1998.