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Here is the latest Wyoming news from The Associated Press

Search continues for missing snowboarder

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A winter storm and increased avalanche danger are hampering the search for a Grand Targhee Resort worker who failed to return from snowboarding last Friday.

Teton County Sheriff's Sgt. Matt Carr tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide (bit.ly/2iEksUO) that efforts to find 34-year-old Lee Kidd are focused on the back side of Targhee. However, crews may not be able to safely search the area on Wednesday.

A friend of Kidd's, Bryan Terwilliger, said Kidd texted him Friday and said he was getting comfortable snowboarding out-of-bounds. Terwilliger says the two had taken avalanche training and that Kidd knew how to build a snow shelter.

Natalie Kidd told the newspaper her older brother was working his first season at Grand Targhee and had recently moved to Driggs, Idaho from Bozeman, Montana.

Larger plans planned for flights from Casper to Denver

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — United Airlines will begin using larger airplanes to fly more people from Casper to Denver.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that starting in February, the airline will use a plane designed to fit 70 passengers for the route. Casper-Natrona County International Airport Director Glenn Januska says maintenance problems and pilot contracts have prompted the shift from the current 50-passenger plane.

Plans for the larger planes come even as the Casper airport has seen an 11 percent decrease in passengers over the last year.

Januska says United Airlines will continue operating its four daily flights to Denver despite the change in plane size. United is the only airline that provides service to Denver from Casper.

The new planes will also offer first class and economy-plus seating, a first for Casper.

4 people injured in gas explosion at West Yellowstone home

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say four people, including three children, were hospitalized after a gas explosion at a home in West Yellowstone.

Shane Grube, chief of the Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District, tells The Bozeman Daily Chronicle that firefighters were called to the mobile home Tuesday morning. He says the explosion caused a fireball that blew itself out.

Two people suffered severe injuries and two were moderately injured. All of the victims were taken to a hospital in Rexburg, Idaho.

The fire district is investigating with help from the state fire marshal's office. No other details were released.

Sheriff's deputies trained to use opioid overdose medication

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Officers with the Albany County sheriff's office and the University of Wyoming police department have been trained to use a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.

The Laramie Boomerang reports (bit.ly/2hwjMos) officers hope having access to Narcan, also known by the generic name naloxone, will help prevent drug-related deaths in the Laramie area.

Sheriff Dave O'Malley says the sheriff's office purchased 26 two-dose boxes of Narcan for $75 each. O'Malley intends for every patrol deputy to have access to the spray while on duty. He says it also will be available at the detention center because inmates sometimes smuggle drugs into the facility.

O'Malley says other law enforcement departments in the state have contacted him with questions about training their own officers.

Wyoming inmate serving life sentence dies at penitentiary

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A man serving a life sentence for murder at the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins has died.

The Wyoming Department of Corrections said that William Harry Hack died of a terminal illness at the prison on Wednesday. He was 67.

An autopsy will be conducted in keeping with department policy.

Hack was sentenced to life for first-degree murder in 1984 in Sweetwater County. He was born in Newcastle.