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Wyoming in brief

Idaho man dies in Alpine shootingALPINE, Wyo. — An Idaho man has been arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide for accidentally shooting a friend in Alpine.

Jeremy Davis Marlar, 19, of Idaho Falls, was charged in the shooting of Ross Michael Jolley, 21, also of Idaho Falls.

“The situation was caused by the accidental discharge of a handgun,” the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department said in a release.

Jolley was pronounced dead at Star Valley Medical Center in Afton after the June 30 shooting. Marlar was released after a court appearance. Tourist shot in arm outside Devils TowerHULETT, Wyo. — A tourist shot in the arm near Devils Tower National Monument may have been the victim of a stray bullet, the sheriff said.

Phillip Sexton, 47, of New Castle, Ind., was wounded in the left forearm by a .22-caliber bullet Saturday afternoon, Crook County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

He was shot while checking out the scenery at a concession stand just outside the park’s eastern entrance, officials said. He was taken by ambulance to the Crook County Memorial Hospital, where doctors removed the bullet.

No shooter has yet been identified, Sheriff Steve Stahla said.70 horses offered by BLM for adoptionRIVERTON — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to offer 70 wild horses for adoption at the Wyoming Honor Farm on July 28.

The horses have been partially trained by inmates at the minimum-security facility. All the horses have been gentled and 40 are ready for riding, according to the BLM.

A mixture of sorrels, grays, blacks, grullas and buckskins between 2 and 7 will be available for viewing from 7-9:15 a.m., with bidding starting at 9:30 a.m. The minimum bid will be $125.

Potential adopters must be at least 18 and own a corral at least 20 feet square with 6-foot fences.

No firearms, alcohol or dogs are allowed on the Honor Farm grounds, including in vehicles. Bidders are asked to register in advance by calling (307) 352-0302.1-cent tax nearing end for Carbon CountyRAWLINS — Carbon County officials expect a one-cent sales tax for capital improvements to end later this month.

County Treasurer Cindy Baldwin expects this month’s sales tax receipts to meet the full $10.12 million the tax was intended to raise, but nearly two-and-a-half years ahead of schedule.

“If we had any kind of revenue this time, it ought to cover it,” she said. “It’s real, real close.”

An investment banking firm predicted the tax, which went into effect in January 1998, would take until January 2004 to raise the funds.

The revenue is earmarked for several water and sewer projects throughout the county, a new fire truck in Hanna, and roofing for the Old Pen in Rawlins.New wind farm OK’d in Carbon CountyRAWLINS — It’s clear sailing for a California-based company planning to build Carbon County’s fifth wind farm.

The county’s Planning Commission unanimously approved a special-use permit for Clipper Windpower LLC to build 14 turbines east of McFadden and north of Bosler Reservoir.

Before construction on the Rock Creek Wind Project can begin this fall, Clipper must obtain rights of way for an access road and buried electric lines on federal property at the head of one string of turbines, the commission was told last week.

The turbines would be capable of generating a combined 21 megawatts, said Scott Kamber of TRC Mariah, a Laramie company that prepared a report on the project.

Two of the turbines would be in Albany County and the rest in Carbon.

TRC Mariah found the project is within one mile of several nests of raptors and is not in crucial antelope, deer, elk or sage grouse habitat.

No plant or animal species federally recognized as endangered or threatened are known to be in the area, the report said.

One historic mine was found nearby and Clipper promised to protect it.Game and Fish worker wins appealCHEYENNE — A Game and Fish Department employee who hurt her shoulder while moving computers has won a workers’ compensation case before the state Supreme Court.

The injury to Sheila Garl required surgery, according to the opinion written by Justice Marilyn Kite.

Garl was required to lift and move several computers over two to four weeks in July 1999. After a week she told her supervisor and co-workers her shoulder hurt.

When the pain had not subsided by September, she went to see a doctor, who diagnosed her with aggravation of a pre-existing condition.

Six years before, Garl had partially dislocated the same shoulder. She had six weeks of therapy had reported no more problems until her injury in 1999.

On Oct. 5, 1999, the Workers’ Compensation Division denied benefits on various grounds, including failure to timely report the injury. The case was referred to the Office of Administrative Hearings.

After a hearing in March 2000, the hearing officer ruled that while Garl failed to file an injury report on time, the delay did not prejudice the employer or the division in investigating the accident or monitoring her treatment.

The state appealed and the Supreme Court sided with the hearing officer.

“In the absence of legislative guidance, we are hesitant to identify an exact timeline which would distinguish between an injury that was the result of a single brief occurrence as opposed to an injury which occurred over a substantial period of time,” Kite wrote.

The opinion said Garl’s testimony suggests the injury occurred within a “reasonable definite time period.”Fremont jail may house inmates from elsewhereLANDER — The Fremont County Sheriff’s Department is considering housing inmates from elsewhere once all the detention officers at the new jail are trained.

The $8 million jail has 171 beds. Housing inmates from outside the county could raise up to $500,000 per year, according to sheriff’s officials.

Capt. Skip Hornecker, the jail supervisor, said the facility has already raised money by housing a few prisoners who were in transit, but the amount was insignificant.

“I didn’t budget for any revenues generated by the facility this coming year because I didn’t want to anticipate revenues that might not be generated,” he said.

“On Aug. 27, I will lose seven detention staff as they go to the academy, so we’ll have to shut down a section of the detention center and we can’t accept other prisoners then.”

Two more partial closures for training are planned after that. He said 19 detention center deputies still need to do the training.

“I have had requests from two different agencies, one wanting 15 beds and another up to 10 beds, and multiple requests to house juvenile prisoners,” he said.

Sheriff Roger Millward said renting beds in the jail carries some potential problems.

“During the first year, we want to minimize our liability by taking care of our local needs while we get our people fully trained,” he said. “Then we’ll be in a position to help the people who helped us, then the state and then, perhaps, we can take some federal prisoners.”

He said Sublette, Lincoln, Hot Springs and Natrona counties helped house Fremont County prisoners before the jail opened and if the jails in those places need beds he would like to help them first.

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