Wyoming News Update

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Here is the latest Wyoming news from The Associated Press

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming transportation officials are planning to display five different safety messages on signs scattered throughout the state following a recent spate of highway deaths. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the messages pushed by the Wyoming Department of Transportation will ask people to check their seat belts and speed and will remind them of the number of deaths on Wyoming roads. So far this year, 18 people have been killed in crashes.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Department of Wildlife has confirmed the first sighting of a wolf in the state in nearly 100 years. Chief State Game Warden Brian Wakeling said Friday the wolf was spotted in northwest Nevada in early November near Fox Mountain just west of the Black Rock Desert and about 20 miles from the California line.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The National Weather Service says Wyoming's three main winter months _ December through February _ were the wettest in the state's recorded history. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that nearly 5.5 inches of precipitation fell on the state this season, breaking the previous record of 4.93 inches set in 1898. About 15 percent of Wyoming remains in a drought. A year ago at this time, about 75 percent of the state had some level of drought alert.

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Rivers swollen with snowmelt runoff are causing some minor flooding in western Wyoming. Officials say the Bear River upstream and downstream from Cokeville in Lincoln county is flooding mainly agricultural land.