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Sep 5, 2017 From wire reports

Wyoming doctor dies in Colo. climbing accident

DOUGLAS (AP) -- A doctor at an eastern Wyoming hospital has died in a Colorado climbing accident.

Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas said Tuesday that Dr. Jamie Rupp died in an accident southwest of Pueblo, Colorado, over the Labor Day Weekend. Hospital officials say Rupp's wife was notified of his death on Monday.

Rupp was a nephrologist, the type of doctor that treats diseases of the kidneys.

Memorial Hospital CEO Ryan Smith said Rupp spent his entire career in Wyoming, working at the Veterans Administration Clinic in Casper before joining the Douglas hospital in 2014.

Rupp had planned to climb the Kit Carson and Challenger Mountains over the weekend.

Bacteria warning in popular streams

JACKSON (AP) -- Environmental regulators say they've detected potentially unsafe levels of bacteria in two creeks in a popular Wyoming tourist destination.

The high levels of E. coli bacteria turned up recently in Fish Creek and Flat Creek in Jackson Hole.

Teton County Public Health response coordinator Rachael Wheeler says local streams look pristine but people should be more leery about the water.

E. coli occurs naturally in the digestive tracts of animals and people but can make people sick with flu-like symptoms. Also, E. coli tends to occur alongside other bacteria that cause illness.

Teton Conservation District water specialist Carlin Girard said he would feel comfortable being submerged in either stream.

But he says that might not be a good idea for everybody, particularly children.

Therapist strikes deal on sex assault charges

GILLETTE (AP) -- A former Gillette psychotherapist has made a deal with prosecutors over charges that he used his position of authority to have sex with patients.

33-year-old Joshua Ray Popkin will plead no contest to two sexual assault charges, under the plea agreement. A third sexual assault charge would be dismissed.

Under a no-contest plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors may have enough evidence to convict.

A court hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 21.

Popkin worked as a psychologist with Campbell County Health from Nov. 2, 2015, to May 25, 2016.

One of his accusers told investigators that Popkin preyed on her, worked his way into her head and used things that he knew about her in order to sleep with her.

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