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03-07-13 WYOMING BRIEFS

Grand Teton cuts speed but sees more roadkill
JACKSON (AP) — The number of animals struck by vehicles in Grand Teton National Park rose last year despite a speed limit reduction on the park’s main road.

Grand Teton had 110 reported animal strikes on park roads last year, up from 102 in 2011.
Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says it’s the first year the park amassed roadkill data since dropping the nighttime speed limit on Highway 26/89/191.

Skaggs tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that park officials were hoping to see a reduction because of the lower nighttime speed limit.
She says animals are in most cases being hit at night in the park.

Grand Teton biologist Steve Cain says it’s too early to call the speed limit reduction ineffective.

Derailment cleared from railroad near Gillette

GILLETTE (AP) — The railroad east of Gillette is back open after a 10-car derailment.

Burlington Northern Santa Fey Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said the line reopened early Wednesday morning.

The reopening came about 24 hours after 10 empty rail cars used to transport cars went off the tracks five miles east of Gillette.

The Gillette News Record reported that no hazardous material was involved and no crew members were injured.

The train was headed from Pasco, Wash. to Lincoln, Neb.

Journey returning to Cheyenne Frontier Days

CHEYENNE (AP) — Journey is returning to Frontier Days.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Thursday that the classic rock band was booked to play July 19 after the original night show rock act backed out about a week ago. Styx will be the opening act.

Contract acts chairman Larry Kehl said he’s more excited to have Journey returning for an encore performance rather than the original band, which he didn’t name. He said the response to Journey’s performance last year was great.

Few bands have performed in back-to-back years though the Zac Brown Band recently did.

Bridger-Teton names acting forest supervisor

JACKSON (AP) — The Bridger-Teton National Forest in northwestern Wyoming has named an acting forest supervisor.

The agency says Cheryl Probert will begin work March 25 and serve until the position is filled permanently.

Probert is deputy forest supervisor on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah. She has been with the Forest Service for 25 years.

Current Forest Supervisor Jacque Buchanan is moving to a new position with the agency in Colorado. Her last day on the job is March 22.

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