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Man crushed in industrial accident identifiedLYSITE – A man killed in an industrial accident west of Lysite has been identified as Delbert Bailey of Casper.

Bailey, 43, an employee of Halliburton Services, was killed last Friday when he was hit by two large pieces of pipe that came loose from a ramp, authorities said.

The pipe is used on drilling rigs. Each pipe section weighs about 1,000 pounds.

Bailey died of massive chest injuries, said Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslin.

Sweetwater library budget cuts requestedGREEN RIVER – Sweetwater County Library Board chairman Doug O’Brien reprimanded the county’s library system administrators, saying they had to be responsible for making a $100,000 cut from the 2001-2002 budget.

“I won’t be placed in a position where I have to say the board has made these cuts,” O’Brien said Monday.

O’Brien’s strong words came after library system director Helen Higby told the board about $100,000 still needs to be cut from the 2001-2002 fiscal year budget.

O’Brien requested Higby meet with the library system department supervisors and decide where the budget cuts are going to happen.

New processes developed in trona miningCASPER – Two production methods being developed by Wold Trona Co. could revolutionize world soda ash production and give a boost to Wyoming’s trona mining industry, company President John Wold said.

Wold told members of the Casper Rotary Club on Monday that the new methods of production could make the soda ash made from trona mined in Wyoming’s Green River Basin cheaper in price and better in quality. Soda ash is used in a variety of products, such as glass and baking soda.

Glassmakers prefer the new soda ash developed under the new production methods, Wold said.

The problem is moving the new techniques up to large scale production, he said.

A small demonstration plant has been built by an engineering firm to test the processes.

“When they went 75 percent over the budget, I had to shut them down,” Wold said.

But the plant is being remodeled, and the company intends to try again, he said.

Northwest schedules GED tests in AugustPOWELL – General Educational Development (GED) tests will be given at Northwest College twice in August, on Tuesdays, Aug. 7 and 21. The tests begin promptly at 8 a.m. and last until 5 p.m.

Test-takers must be at least 18 years of age. Students can apply for an age waiver to take the exam at age 17 by taking the official GED pretest and demonstrating that they can pass the actual exam. A photo identification (such as a driver's license) and social security number are required before taking the test. Participants should bring a pencil and pen but leave their calculators home.

A $37 fee is charged for the test. Advance registration is required; testing materials are guaranteed only to those who hold reservations.

The GED testing service is provided through the Adult Basic Education Program in the Workforce Alliance Center at Northwest College. Call Lea Preator at (307) 754-6765 for more information.

Guard holds Golden Thunder operationGUERNSEY – The centerpiece at the Army National Guard’s bosslift at Camp Guernsey Monday was the Golden Thunder operation.

The two-week mission combines the training areas and events located at Camp Guernsey, South Dakota’s Black Hills and Camp Rapid, S.D., into a single operation involving active duty, National Guard and Reserve soldiers and staff.

Between the two camps, more than 6,500 soldiers from 68 units in 16 states will take part. About half of the soldiers will be at Camp Guernsey.

The highlights of the exercise:

The first time the multiple launch rocket system is fired in Wyoming.

The first time such a multi-state, multi-force exercise of its kind has been held at Camp Guernsey.

The largest training conducted in Camp Guernsey’s history.

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