Small quake hits sparsely populated central Wyoming
TEN SLEEP, Wyo. (AP) — A small earthquake Sunday struck a sparsely populated area of central Wyoming. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the quake about 29 miles south of Ten Sleep near the Nowood River in southern Washakie County. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake at 3:17 p.m. measured magnitude 4.1. That’s large enough to possibly be felt but too small to cause more than minor damage.
Person drowns in North Platte River in Casper
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A person drowned Saturday in the North Platte River in Casper. Officers got a report about a person in trouble in the water around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Police and firefighters went into the water to try to rescue the person, whose identity wasn’t released. Casper police say in a Facebook post the person died soon after being taken to a hospital. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the drowning is being investigated.
OLD FAITHFUL TRESPASSER
Man jailed for running on Yellowstone’s Old Faithful geyser
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A 37-year-old Maine man has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for running onto Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful geyser multiple times while wearing a raccoon-skin hat and waving an American flag. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the man pleaded guilty Thursday to trespassing, was fined $200 and was banned from the park for the July 2020 stunt. Authorities believe he ran onto the geyser to attract attention. Prosecutors say the man would have likely died if he fell through the thermal feature.
YELLOWSTONE-DRUNKEN TOURIST SENTENCED
Drunk, disorderly Yellowstone tourist gets 60 days in jail
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Yellowstone National Park tourist has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and banned from the park for five years after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and other charges. The sentence came after a disturbance that erupted when a guide in the park refused to take the tourist’s party on a kayak trip because the group was too drunk to go. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Kyle Campbell of Fairmont, Indiana made threatening comments and kicked at park officers while resisting arrest in the incident. Campbell also faces five years of unsupervised probation and was ordered to pay more than $1,550 in fines, according to a statement from Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Murray.
EXCHANGE-FRONT RANGE RAIL
Gov. Polis signs off on Front Range passenger rail district
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed off on a new taxing district to coordinate the creation of a Front Range passenger railway up and down the Interstate 25 corridor. But don’t make any travel plans yet. The Denver Post reports that the state may have a powerful likely partner in Amtrak, but the first trains won’t be ready to roll for at least a couple years. The district, created by Senate Bill 238, will take shape early next year and could cover all or parts of 13 counties between the Wyoming and New Mexico state lines. Money will be scarce at first since the district will need approval from voters within its boundaries to collect any new sales tax.